Community music making and performing arts activities across North Yorkshire and the Dales.

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Get Musical 2024
Free Sessions for 6-11 year olds

Explore music-making and play in a group with Bee Darceey and Jennifer Saggers. Sessions are aimed at Children aged 6 to 11 years old. Whether you are a complete beginner or you are learning to play an instrument, you can enjoy making music in a fun and friendly environment. Sessions are free starting in February with taster workshops around the area and then regular junior band sessions in Leyburn from March to May during term-time. Children who play an instrument are encouraged to bring them along. There will be instruments available to try as well.

To find out more or to register your FREE place complete the contact form below or contact Colin Bailey on 07711 211169.

The Get Musical project is part of a North Yorkshire wide initiative to promote increased opportunities for Female participants and leaders in the Creative sector. Since 2009, BlueBoxt has been a delivery partner for AMP (formerly NYMAZ) a North Yorkshire based charity connecting Young People with Sound opportunities. The workshops and jam bands sessions are supported by funding from Youth Music and Arts Council England.


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Get Musical Workshops - 2024

ALL DATES ARE PROVISIONAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
- LAST UPDATED 05.02.24 -

Tuesday 20th February 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Catterick Library
1 Gough Road, Catterick Garrison, DL9 3EL

Tuesday 27th February 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Askrigg Temerpance Village Hall
Main Street, Askrigg, Leyburn, DL8 3HT

Click here to book your place(s) for Askrigg

Friday 1st March 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Leyburn Methodist Church Hall
12, Railway Street, Market Place, Leyburn, DL8 5BB

Click here to book your place(s) for Leyburn


Get Musical 2024
Junior Band Sessions

Click here to book your place(s) for Junior Jam Band sessions.

Friday 8th March 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Leyburn Methodist Church Hall
12, Railway Street, Market Place, Leyburn, DL8 5BB

Friday 15th March 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
The Oak Room, Thornborough Hall
 Moor Road, Leyburn, DL8 5AB

Friday 22nd March 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
The Oak Room, Thornborough Hall
 Moor Road, Leyburn, DL8 5AB

Friday 12th April 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Leyburn Methodist Church Hall
12, Railway Street, Market Place, Leyburn, DL8 5BB

Friday 19th April 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
The Oak Room, Thornborough Hall
 Moor Road, Leyburn, DL8 5AB

Friday 26th April 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
The Oak Room, Thornborough Hall
 Moor Road, Leyburn, DL8 5AB

Friday 3rd May 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Leyburn Methodist Church Hall
12, Railway Street, Market Place, Leyburn, DL8 5BB

Friday 10th May 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Leyburn Methodist Church Hall
12, Railway Street, Market Place, Leyburn, DL8 5BB

Click here to book your place(s) for Junior Jam Band sessions


  • PRP Badge
  • PRP Band
  • RPR FEM 2
  • PRP Work Station
  • PRP IPAD
  • PRP Boy Guitar
  • PRP FEM VOX
  • PRP DAW
  • PRP Editing

Play > Record > Perform

Information and support sessions for 11-19 years old.

We can offer support with learning an instrument, studying music theory, instrumental grades and music production.

PLAY > Regular sessions where you can explore your creative potential and develop social, personal and musical skills. Develop new material and arrangements of popular music, share ideas and gain knowledge of different styles and techniques. Support to learn, progress, excel and celebrate achievements through music-making. There are opportunities to study Arts Award (all performing art forms - not just music), instrumental grades and prepare for music theory and music production exams. You can also prepare for a face-2-face instrumental grade or submit an online performance exam entry.

RECORD > Be part of our music production programme. Participants get to learn the essential skills and knowledge to record, produce and share their own music under the mentorship of industry professionals. Sessions offer a 'hands-on' experience and cover:

• An introduction to DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) and their common features and layouts.

• The basic equipment needed for recording vocals and instruments.

• The main steps for recording individual stems, editing with built-in effects and mastering the finished project.

• Explore ways to share your music with others.

Participants will identify individual and/or collaboratively recording projects and work towards creating a radio-ready track (CD, WAV or MP3). You will be encouraged to develop your skills in your own time outside of the main sessions as part of our recording experiences.

(i) Home studio – We want participants to be inspired to progress in their own time. We can offer support and equipment so you can create your own home studio to record and produce sound files in free software such as Garageband or Audacity.

(ii) Pop-up studio – Group sessions offer an opportunity to work as a team to create a portable recording booth complete with a digital mixer and laptop to create recordings to share for mixing and editing.

PERFORM > We offer opportunities to celebrate and showcase achievements. These include taking part in concerts and festivals, posting to online services such as our YouTube channel or social media pages or a launch event for family and friends.

As part of our mentoring and support participants will be able to access help with technical set-up and use of equipment, feedback on their recordings, copyright and licencing, and pathways to further develop skills and career aspirations. Young creatives also have the option to self-study for an Arts Award and RockSchool Music Production, Theory and Instrumental qualification.

To find out more or register your interest complete the contact form.

Yes, we work with children younger than 11 years old.
Yes, we work with adults of all ages and ability.
*Eligibility criteria apply for some activities and associated costs.
A confidential discussion forms part of the discussion process.


 

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Play > Record > Perform
Session Dates 2024

ALL DATES ARE PROVISIONAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CHECK EMAIL UPDATES FIRST TO AVOID A WASTED JOURNEY.
Session Fees Apply (Guide price £8 | Bursary support available)

LAST UPDATED 05.02.24

Sunday 11th February 2024, 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Thoralby Village Hall (near Aysgarth and West Burton), Leyburn, DL8 3SU

Saturday 17th February 2024, Theatre Trip
Guitar Heros - Darlington Hippordrome

Sunday 25th February 2024, 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Thoralby Village Hall (near Aysgarth and West Burton), Leyburn, DL8 3SU

Sunday 3rd March 2024, 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Thoralby Village Hall (near Aysgarth and West Burton), Leyburn, DL8 3SU

Sunday 10th March 2024, 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Thoralby Village Hall (near Aysgarth and West Burton), Leyburn, DL8 3SU

Sunday 17th March 2024, 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Thoralby Village Hall (near Aysgarth and West Burton), Leyburn, DL8 3SU

Sunday 24th March 2024, 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Thoralby Village Hall (near Aysgarth and West Burton), Leyburn, DL8 3SU

Contact us to find out more and arrange a 1-2-1 mentoring session.


Questions and Queries

Some common questions and queries have been received so we thought we would share them here...

My half-term and holidays are different to North Yorkshire Schools - am I excluded?
No, hopefully we can work together so you get the best possible experience from our activities.

I can't make all the dates because of a previous commitment - am I excluded?
No, we know just how busy it gets with school, college, family, part time jobs and we don't want this to be a barrier for you taking part. Talk to us regularly and we will see what we can do to make it work for everyone.

I am auditioning for my Youth Theatre/ School production/ Band so I might be part of another production/ concert at the same time - will this be OK?
Yes, as long as the dates work and you feel you can commit fully to both actvities. These are all great opportunities and we hope you get a lot of enjoyment and experience by taking part. We are happy to have a chat with you so you can make an informed, and inparticial, decision that is right for you.

I am 19 (or older)/ have left school/ work as an apprentice/ study at College/ University - can I still be involved?
Yes, most of our projects run up to age 25yrs and then we have volunteering opportunities and bursary support from our BlueAngels scheme to help where needed. Our aim is to offer cross-generational projects and activities ideal for those learning their craft, looking to gain experience, demonstrate skills for their portfolio or taking part in a hobby they enjoy.

The creative team are flexible in their approach and welcome creative ideas from everyone involved. Our ethos is built on respecting each other and allowing everyone to express themselves. We encourage mentoring and skills sharing and believe we all have something to offer and are never too old to learn and develop new methods and ways of working. 

We already have a family holiday/ school music tour booked and some of the dates clash?
Don't worry, as long as we know the dates we might be able to schedule rehearsals/ performances to work for everyone. You might not be the only person in this position! We will try and be as flexible as possible so contact us first before taking a decision.

What will I get out of being involved?
There are lots of benefits you can get when you take part in a community performing arts activities. Here are a few...

  • An opportunity to work alongside professionals and meet with other like-minded young people from the area who may attend a different school, college or group.

  • A chance to find out whether the performing arts is an area you are interested in and would like to do more by joining a group of choosing to study.

  • A chance to boost your CV or personal statement by showing activities you are involved with outside of school.

  • A chance to gain a nationally recognised qualification by studying for An Arts Award which can offer UCAS points for entry into university. [Arts Award is very similar to the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh Awards for outdoor activities). Young people identify a new skill to research and learn, volunteer to share and present an artform and present their achievements. Levels include Discover and Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold.]

What if I have never performed in public before?
Come along and see if you like it! Some participants might be a member of a drama group, dance school or music ensemble or may never have had the opportunity to take part in a live performance before. We are providing opportunities to come together with other like-minded individuals and work alongside professionals to create high quality and entertaining experience for both performers, audiences and supporters.

I already have my own recording setup and use Ableton Live/ Audition/ Cubase/ Logic/ Protools software, can I still be involved?
Yes, whether your are new to recording and production or have some experience everyone is welcome. Your skills will be invaluable to help all participants get the most out of the sessions and we want to hear and learn from your knowledge and experiences. We know you will get a lot out of the programme as well and it will look great on your personal statement. The choice of software doesn't matter there are lots of similarities and your finished music or individual stems can be imported/ exported from VIP Studio or other software we use in the group sessions so you can continue working outside of the sessions.

Does it cost to take part?
BlueBoxt activities are currently free for those experiencing financial hardship. Our annual membership fee for those who are able to contribute is £90 (less than £1.75 per week) which is made possible by our project funders, BlueAngels supporters, donors and volunteers who support the true cost of running the sessions and the organisation. There may be additional charges from time to time such as exam entry fees or associated costs, but these will be discussed individually as required.

Bursaries are available subject to funding. Applications are made by letter or email and considered in confidence by the Management Committee on a case by case basis. Please ask for further information and guidance, we are more than happy to discuss options with you.

Is it just aimed at amateurs or are their professional opportunities too?
We have the same expectation as if we were working with paid professionals! We expect everyone to be fully commited and work as a team - we have a challenging schedule to keep to meet our performance and project deadlines and always aim to deliver a highly polished and high quality performance for our audiences to enjoy. That said, we know it will be both hard work and demanding but also a very rewarding and enjoyable experience too.

There are also opportunities to be part of our professional touring stage productions. Talk to us if you are interested in all aspects of running and presenting in community arts spaces and profesisonal theatres.