New studio to hit right note

A NEW facility for budding young music makers is aiming to hit the right note in Whitley Bay.

The ‘Y Studio’ at Marden Bridge Middle School offers a recording studio with a wide range of equipment including guitars, leads, microphones, a drum kit and mixing and recording technology.

The venue also offers general youth facilities for meetings and other group activities.

Youngsters be able to record and practice music as well as take part in song writing sessions, DJ skills workshops, mixing and recording tutorials, graffiti workshops, arts and crafts and more.

Young people aged between 12 and 19 will be able to use the new studio on weekday evenings between 5 and 7pm, at a cost of just £1 per head.

During the day and in term time, the facility will be used by students from Marden Bridge Middle School.

The facility has been developed through a partnership between Marden Bridge Middle School, the YMCA and North Tyneside Council.

Funding came from the North Tyneside Young Mayor’s Community Fund, Marden Bridge Middle School and extended after-school services providers in the Whitley Bay area.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “This is a fantastic facility which will be of great benefit to young people in the area. It is unique, relevant and I am confident that it will be very widely used.

“Thanks to all of the partners who have worked together to ensure this ambitious scheme came to fruition.”

Marden Bridge Middle headteacher Alan Driver said: “We are proud to host this new venture, a product of true partnership working in challenging financial times.

“It means our pupils and young people from the wider locality will all have the opportunity to access the facility and use it to develop their natural musical, artistic and performing talents.

“This venture strengthens still further the position of the school as a centre in and for the local community.”

Paul Naylor, head of programmes at YMCA North Tyneside, added: “We are very excited about this new provision, it offers new innovative music opportunities to the young people of the area that the YMCA staff are keen to see develop and grow.”