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Centre for Advanced Training


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

Age: 10 – 18

Day: Sundays

Audition Required

Applications open now until 26 April:

Click Here To Apply

See 23/24 term dates


Each programme area follows the below curriculum.

  • 60 minute 1:1 lesson
  • Music Language Core (aural/theory/musicianship skills)
  • Music Language Option (a range of classes including music production, composer studies, and craft of pop)
  • Small ensemble / piano class
  • Performance opportunities
  • Enrichment programme (including improvisation and presentation techniques)
  • Advice and support from a highly experienced study leader team
  • Two Activity Days which include workshops with visiting artists and exploring new genres and approaches to your instrument


Many of the students also have a 1:1 lesson in a second instrument, and are part of our Ensembles.

The CAT has lots of performance opportunities throughout the year, from relaxed lunchtime concerts in our Northern Rock Foundation Hall, to our end of year celebrations in Sage 2, and lots of chances to play on our bustling concourse.

The CAT scheduling is done alongside our Ensemble provision which includes exciting performance experiences as well as work with international artists. Students apply (and if necessary audition) for these ensembles separately.

The Centre for Advanced Training isn’t just for young people who want to be professional musicians (although many have!) Students go on to all sorts of different careers or higher education in a range of subjects.

We do all we can to make sure that your time with us is fulfilling, fun, and full of positive experiences, preparing you with skills that see you on to whatever path you 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 with you. 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