Experts give a helping hand

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UP-and-coming musicians joined Glastonbury singer Beccy Owen at Arts Centre Washington to get the inside track on the industry.

Beccy, who fronts band Sharks Took The Rest, was one of the experts involved in the week-long Urban Music Training:Play course.

About 32 young people attended the week, organised by music development agency Generator, to develop their bands and perform in the closing-night show.

Joe Frankland, musician support manager for Generator, said: “The week was massively successful and all the tutors like Beccy are experts in the industry themselves. The young people on the course really look up to them.

“They spent the week writing and recording in the studio, and the performance on Friday night was excellent. More than 120 family and friends turned up.

“There were several bands there that’ll we’ll continue to support and work with on more gigs.”

Those who took part also had professional photos taken and a DVD of the week was made.

UMT is part of NE Generation and is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.