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Centre for Advanced Training

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Our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) spans classical, folk, and contemporary styles, and delivers musical excellence for ambitious young musicians aged 10-18

The Glasshouse Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is a high-level music training programme for young people with exceptional potential and passion for music. It is part of the Department of Education Music and Dance Scheme network.

Taking place on Sunday during term time, students receive tuition, ensemble training and classes in music theory, alongside individual guidance and development. There are exciting opportunities to compose music and work alongside inspirational visiting artists, as well as multiple performance opportunities.

The CAT is open to a wide range of musical genres and instruments including voice.

If you’re interested in joining or have any questions, you can email our team at

Key Information

Details on how to apply for the 24/25 academic year will appear here in February 2024.

In the meantime though, why not email us to find out more.

Age: 10 – 18

Day: Sundays

Audition Required

See term dates


Each programme area follows the below curriculum.

Core Curriculum
  • 60 minute 1:1 lesson
  • Music Language (aural/theory/musicianship skills)
  • Small ensemble / piano class
  • Performance opportunities
  • Enrichment programme (including Improvisation and Presentation Techniques)
  • Guidance from study leader team
  • Workshops with visiting artists
Extension Curriculum
  • 1:1 lesson in a second instrument / voice / composition
  • Youth Ensembles

The CAT promotes multiple performance opportunities throughout the academic year. These range from a regular lunchtime concert series and end of year festival in the halls of The Glasshouse to occasional external concerts.

The CAT scheduling is fully integrated with our Youth Ensemble provision which includes exciting performance experiences as well as work with musicians of international standing. Students must apply and audition for these ensembles separately.

The Centre for Advanced Training isn’t just for young people who want to make their music their profession. Former students have gone on to pursue a variety of careers and attend universities across the UK.

We do all we can to ensure that as well as having an enjoyable and fulfilling time in their musical studies, we prepare the young people with skills that will aid them in whatever career path they choose.


Our Centre for Advanced Training programme is available in a range of musical genres and instruments, including voice.

Having gone to Leeds College of Music and studied a Jazz degree at music conservatoire, I’ve recently completed my teacher training and I’m responsible now for planning and delivering my own exciting music curriculum to the students of Blyth. All of which wouldn’t be possible without the years of tuition and support I received at Sage Gateshead. My weekends have not been better spent since!

Jonny Thornton – Former student

Inside Centre for Advanced Training

Meet some of our Centre for Advanced Training students and tutors to get a taste of the programme.

Information for Students

Timetables, auditions, and other useful information for current and prospective CAT students to help make the most of your learning experience.

More information

Term Dates

* Week A and Week B apply to some students who have alternating lessons. If you haven’t been contacted about this, then this does not apply to you.


Autumn Term

Sunday 17 September (A)
Sunday 24 September (B)
Sunday 1 October (A) – Lunchtime Concert
Sunday 8 October – Activity Day
Sunday 15 October (B) – Lunchtime Concert
Sunday 22 October (A) – Lunchtime Concert

Half term: No lessons on Sunday 29 October or Sunday 5 November

Sunday 12 November (B) – Lunchtime Concert
Sunday 19 November (A)
Sunday 26 November (B) – Lunchtime Concert
Sunday 3 December (A)
Sunday 10 December (Winter Wonders rehearsals and catch ups)
Sunday 17 December (Winter Wonders performances)

Spring Term

Sunday 7 January (B)
Sunday 14 January (A) – Lunchtime concert
Sunday 21 January – Activity Day
Sunday 28 January (B)
Sunday 4 February (A) – Lunchtime concert
Sunday 11 February (B) – Lunchtime concert

Half term: No lessons on Sunday 18 February or Sunday 25 February

Sunday 3 March (A)
Sunday 10 March (B) – Lunchtime concert
Sunday 17 March (A)
Sunday 24 March (B) – Lunchtime concert

Summer Term

Sunday 21 April (A)
Sunday 28 April (B) – Lunchtime concert
Sunday 5 May (A)
Sunday 12 May (B) – Lunchtime concert
Sunday 19 May (A)

Half term: No lessons on Sunday 26 May or Sunday 2 June

Sunday 9 June (B)
Sunday 16 June (A) – Lunchtime concert
Sunday 23 June (B) – Lunchtime concert
Sunday 30 June (A) – Lunchtime concert
Sunday 7 July (B)
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 July – Summer Celebration Performances