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Young Musicians take to the stage with Snake Davis

Photocall: Students at Burnholme Community College start work with Snake Davis on a musical extravaganza. There will be a photocall on Tuesday 10 September at 11am to launch the project at Burnholme Community College, Bad Bargain Lane, York

Fifty young instrumentalists, singers and dancers, aged between 14 - 16 from York schools will have the opportunity to work with the internationally renowned saxophonist Snake Davis as part of a music project organised by the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) and Music4U.

Students from Burnholme Community College and Joseph Rowntree School will get the chance to form a band and prepare for a one-off public showcase concert which will take place at the NCEM on Saturday 26 October at 3.00pm. The newly formed band called The Cobra Club, will be performing a mixture of Snake's own pieces, some jazz standards and they will also create a newly written piece for this gig.

They will work in small groups for six weeks prior to the concert preparing the set list and composing a new work alongside music teacher Sue Williamson and will also be supported by Declan Forde, Will Howard, Angus Milne and Matt Parkinson who have just graduated from Leeds College of Music.

The students will also have the opportunity to gain a useful insight into the music industry and to find out more about studying music at University.

Music teacher, Sue Williamson is delighted that the students will have the opportunity to take part in this initiative. She commented: "The students will gain really great experience and a life-long memory of working with a 
world-class performer. 

"Those who are particularly interested in music, will gain further through having the musical part of their identities strengthened and I think it is more likely they will continue upon musical pathways after working with such an 
inspiring musician. 

"I also hope the experience will 'raise the ceiling' for pupils by showing them just what is possible, and how they too can aim high and achieve excellence in music."

Snake Davis added: "This is going to be a great project, I enjoy working with beginners and developers, there is a fresh nave excitement which means anything can happen, sometimes wonderful surprising things."

To book tickets for The Cobra Club concert on Saturday 26 October at 3.00pm contact the Box Office on 01904 658338 or book on-line at


Press Contact: 
Melanie Paris - or 07931 391736

Editor's Notes

Music4U offers musical opportunities to young people under the age of 18 living in challenging circumstances throughout York and the Humber region. Music4U is funded by Youth Music with partnership monies from York, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and led by the National Centre for Early Music, York. For more information visit