An evening of outstanding entertainment from Hartlepool’s young musicians

Published Thursday, 6th June 2024

There’s a treat in store for music lovers on Saturday 6th July when some of Hartlepool’s most talented young musicians will be showcased in a concert in St Hilda’s Church on Hartlepool’s Headland.

‘A Celebration of Music’ will feature some of the local young musicians who either this year or last year have received scholarships from the town’s Preston Simpson and Sterndale Young Musicians Trust – an educational charity administered by Hartlepool Borough Council.

The event will help raise funds for the Trust, which provides scholarships to young people who either live in or have strong links with Hartlepool to assist them with their musical studies.

On the bill are the vocal talents of Rose Allen, Emily Barnard, Abbie Wells and Jasmine Weatherill, James Ellingford on Flugelhorn, Charlie Edwards on guitar, Catherine Herring on clarinet, Jake Haygarth on tenor horn and William Hartley on bassoon.

Among the pieces which will be performed are Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1: 1. Allegro appassionato by Johannes Brahms, Astonishing from Little Women by Mindi Dickstein and Jason Howland, Dawn Emerges by Naomi Rebecca Hill, Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits and Oh, Had I Jubal’s Lyre from Handel’s Joshua.

Also on the programme will be Don Quixote’s Dream from Fantasie Concertante by Philip Wilby, The Party’s Over from Bells Are Ringing by Jule Styne, the Second and Third Movements from Gioachino Rossini’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, Romance from The Desert Song by Sigmund Romberg and My House from Matilda by Tim Minchin.

The concert will also feature the choirs of St John Vianney Primary School, English Martyrs School and High Tunstall College of Science.

The scholarships will be presented by Chris Simmons, the Chair of the Trust.

Mr Simmons said: “This event showcases an array of Hartlepool’s finest young musicians, delivering sparkling performances that span the genres of classical music, contemporary pop and beloved songs from the musicals.

“Whether you’re a devotee of the classics or have a taste for modern melodies, this concert offers something for every music lover.

“So bring your family and friends for an unforgettable evening of music and help celebrate and support the extraordinary talent here in our town.”

The show starts at 6.45pm for 7pm – please note that seating within the church is limited and therefore admission is by ticket only.

Tickets cost just £5 each (children under 16 are free if accompanied by an adult) and are available at or from Hartlepool Art Gallery in Church Square on 01429 890000.

For more information about the Trust, please call Judith Oliver on 01429 523914 or email or