Northumberland College and Core Music band together to help young musicians find a voice

Northumberland College and Core Music band together to help young musicians find a voice  
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Following their recent appearance on BBC's "The One Show", Hexham's thriving community-hub Core Music are teaming up with Northumberland College’s Music Production Course to give the next generation of Northumberland musicians a platform for their talents.

The two organisations are launching a four-day summer school which gives young musicians the opportunity to collaborate on song-writing and recording as well as offering insights from industry professionals on how to promote and release material in the digital world.


BBC Music freelancer and tutor Dan Coggins from Core, who as a guitarist and songwriter has worked alongside musicians such as Take That and Supergrass along with being label manager for bands Garbage and Ash said:


"We've put together a really accessible course for any young people with an interest in making music at any level. The fun is in bringing together teenagers from different musical backgrounds and allowing them to collaborate on songs using instruments and modern technology. You'd be surprised at the quality achievable on tablets, laptops and even mobile phones."


"The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity in young musicians but often there's a need for guidance on structuring and harnessing ideas. So whether you're an aspiring singer-songwriter, a classical musician, a budding bassist, a bedroom DJ or want to form a band, we'll show you how to work together and come up with professional-sounding songs."


Michael Evans, Course Leader and Tutor on the BTEC Music Production course at Northumberland College said: "We are excited about this development and are delighted to be working with Core Music, who do a brilliant job in developing young musicians in Hexham."


"This opportunity will give participants a unique and fun experience that will develop their song writing skills, introduce them to the use of technology to enhance their music and skills and will also provide insights into how the industry works as both Dan and I, as tutors, are actively involved in the music industry as musicians and producers."



The course will run from Monday August 8, until Thursday, 11 August at Core Music Hexham.


Places can be booked via Northumberland College's website,


Further information about the course can be found by contacting