Wednesday | Festival Fringe

There's lots to see and do in our Festival Fringe!

Advanced booking required - Deadline: Tuesday 10 May.

  • WORKSHOPS - Browse the range of workshops available each day, led by professional musicians and leading arts organisations - there is something for everyone!
  • SATELLITE STAGES - Register to perform! - If you performed in our Regional Festival Series earlier this year, you could perform on one of our satellite stages across the city, including the Festival Tent.



  • Wednesday 6 July
  • Morning & Afternoon Sessions
  • Symphony Hall
    Level 5 Foyer
  • Led by: Robbie Jacobs
  • Suitable for vocalists of any age
  • Max Capacity: TBC
  • Oversubscribed

Come and join choral specialist Robbie Jacobs and singers from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in high-energy workshops packed with games, activities and NYCGB’s signature vocal mash-ups designed to develop vocal technique, musicianship and ensemble skills.

Session 1: 10:30 - 11:30

Session 2: 15:45 - 16:45

Delivered in partnership with:
National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain exist to discover and foster exceptional musical talent, to provide inspirational teaching and guidance, and to thrill audiences with passionate and innovative music-making.


  • Wednesday 6 July
  • Two Afternoon Sessions
  • Symphony Hall
    Level 5a Foyer
  • Led by:
  • Aga Serugo-Lugo
  • Suitable for vocal and instrumental groups of any age
  • Max Capacity: TBC
  • Oversubscribed

Aldeburgh Music’s ‘Friday Afternoons’ is an international singing project for young people. These singing workshops will be fun and lively and will draw on newly-commissioned songs by Jonathan Dove. The songs are accessible to all, and so anybody interested in exploring new music – singers and instrumentalists alike – should come along!

Session 1: 12:00 - 13:00

Session 2: 14:30 - 15:30

Delivered in partnership with:
Aldeburgh Music

Aldeburgh Music, founded in 1948 by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, combines a world-class venue, annual Festival and year-round performance programme with wide-ranging education and community projects and the UK’s largest portfolio of artist development programmes, for young people (aged 8-18) and emerging and mid-career artists.

Trans Europe Express Workshop with Damien Harron

  • Wednesday 6 July
  • Morning & Afternoon Sessions
  • Festival Tent
    Centenary Square
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  • Led by:
  • Damien Harron
  • Suitable for instrumentalists and singers of any ability
  • Max Capacity: TBC
  • Register Now »

Composer and percussionist Damien Harron will lead young musicians through an inclusive workshop to realise a skeleton score of Trans Europe Express by German electronic music band, Kraftwerk. The music combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic instrumentation. The workshop gives musicians an opportunity to make music with other festival participants, whilst honing their ensemble and listening skills through this accessible ‘pop with a difference’ workshop.

Damien Harron, composer and percussionist, is Curriculum Leader, Classical and New Music at Leeds College of Music.

Session time: 11:30 - 13:00

Session time: 14:30 - 16:00

Delivered in partnership with:
Leeds College of Music

Satellite Stages

Register For Your Satellite Stage Performance!

Whether or not you are performing on a main stage, all groups who took part in the MFY Regional Festival Series 2016, can register their interest to perform on one of the following Satellite Stages.

  1. Festival Tent, Centenary Square: Tuesday - Saturday
  2. Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer:Tuesday - Saturday
  3. Brindleyplace Bandstand:Tuesday - Thursday
  4. Caffé Nero (Brindleyplace): Wednesday - Saturday
  5. The Rep Theatre Foyer: Wednesday - Friday
  6. Register now » More info about the stages »

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