A Music Festival For The Tees Valley

The first Shine! Festival took place in March 2017! It culminated in a fantastic concert on 25th March 2017, and you can see some pictures of prize winners on the 'gallery' page.  We hope to continue the festival again in 2018 and the dates will be as follows:


Friday 27th April - Adult Choirs 
Saturday 28th April  - Vocal 
Sunday 29th April - Instrumental 
Monday 30th April - School groups

Saturday 5th May - Piano 
Saturday 5th May - Prize winners concert

There will also be a special 'Big Sing' Fundraising event taking place on
Saturday 28th October at Stockton Parish Church - click on 'events' at the top of the page to find out more and to book your place...

​About Shine:

Shine is a mixture of the traditional and contemporary with both competitive and non-competitive classes, and we’ve added prize money too!
This festival is not so much a new idea, but a fresh look on a tradition that continues to thrive in other areas across the country and even internationally. 

We have added new elements into this festival (e.g. masterclasses and monetary prizes) to ensure that it appeals to a wider cross section of musicians. We have widened the entry criteria to allow for more flexibility e.g. there are no set pieces and we have designed the classes according to Grade level rather than age.
We would also like to encourage community groups and choirs to participate in this festival, and we have created a day designed specifically for this, to celebrate the diversity and range of music making taking place in the Tees Valley.

The Tees Valley has seen a strong tradition of competitive music festivals over the past 60 years, notably Stockton Music and Drama festival and Middlesbrough Music Festival, both of which have disbanded in the past 5 years. With financial support from a variety of individuals and organisations it has been possible to re-invent this new festival which will serve musicians across the whole Tees Valley. 

The festival is open to musicians of all ages, abilities and backgrounds and it would like to promote an ethos of equality and diversity. Whether you are a musician, teacher in a school, private instrumental teacher, choir leader or music practitioner you can enter your groups. 

Although each category has an 'adjudicator', we strongly feel that the emphasis is on the experience of performing. The adjudicators have been carefully selected based on their interest in promoting enthusiasm, engagement and presentation in general music making as well as high quality performances. 

Prizes for the festival will include trophies, which are retained by the winner for 1 year, and also cash prizes for particular categories, as explained in the syllabus. 

Shine Festival is afilliated to the British and International Federation of Music Festivals