Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 12.58.47YOUNG people from across Teesside came together for the first Teesside Musical Inclusion Young People’s Gathering.

The Gathering gave young people the opportunity to take part in workshops, performances and musical activities and share their skills and interests with others who have the same passion for music.

They took part in a range of activities that were new to them, including band workshops with Microtone Music and samba drumming with Apollo Arts.

Middlesbrough-born Carl Pemberton, who found fame on the X Factor as part of duo Journey South, offered song writing tips and guidance and young people also took part in singing and musical games with music leader Jane  Cuthbert.

Gwyneth Lamb, Development Officer at musinc, said: “It was brilliant to have so many people at this, our first Young Persons’ Gathering.

“It demonstrates a real enthusiasm from young people in Teesside to get involved in music.  

“Through these sessions they not only develop their musical knowledge and skills but also their confidence and self-esteem.

“Gatherings such as this help young people develop as individuals and also provide them with a network of like-minded peers and adults who can encourage and support them to develop in and through music.”

Naomi, age 12, from Redcar said: “I was a bit nervous at first but when I started playing I gained confidence and we were like a team making music!”

Bradley, 11, from Hartlepool, said: “I’d love to do more like this because you meet new people have the same interests.  It’s really fun and it sounds good!”

The Gathering – organised by musinc and Hartlepool Youth Services – took place at Rossmere Youth Centre in Hartlepool on Saturday, March 19.

For more information on musinc visit www.musinc.org.uk