Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Culture Buzz Is the Sound of Good Music in Young Ears

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Culture Buzz Is the Sound of Good Music in Young Ears

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Byline: By Amanda Crook

It's impossible to miss the culture buzz on Tyneside with the Baltic and Sage music centre now dominating the skyline.

This arts revival has persuaded a new charity, determined to make top-level live music accessible to all, to open a new office in the region.

Live Music Now launched its North East branch last month, pledging to bring professional musicians to children who never normally experience this kind of performance.

It is also hoping to work with The Sage to help young, gifted musicians build careers in the region.

The charity, which brought a fiddle, flute, whistles and guitar group to schools across the region last year, hope by expanding its work in the region it will raise the profile and enjoyment of all kinds of music.

Leading the charity is Karen Irwin, 34, who said: "Arts and music in particular are really taking off here. I think people have been inspired by The Sage.

"We want to make sure children who don't normally have access to professional musicians get a chance to experience inspirational music.

"Music can unlock children's imaginations. I have seen disruptive children transfixed by our musicians, much to the amazement of their teachers."

Karen, who lives in Gateshead, is an enthusiastic amateur musician, playing viola in the New Tyneside Orchestra.

She believes that her personal passion for music is crucial for spreading the LMN philosophy that music promotes all sorts of social development skills, listening, communicating.

LMN musicians often spend time working with children to compose a simple tune and this can teach team work and creativity.

Last year they toured Gibside School in Whickham; Bamburgh School, South Shields; Sir Charles Parsons School, Walker; Thomas Bewick School, Chapel Park; Ashleigh School, North Shields and the Percy Hedley School, Forest Hall. …

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