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Creative young performers turned up the volume with an afternoon of performance and specialist technical training sessions to celebrate a new partnership between the YMCA and Liz Hobbs Group Ltd (LHG).

The session, at the Music Factory, on Jessop Way, provided an opportunity for children from TheatreTrain to perform on a professional stage with full access to backstage facilities, filming, lighting rigs and audio recording equipment, plus mentorship from industry professionals.

Fifteen children helped deliver the show, which kicked off with a group performance of Hamilton, followed by solos from Newark students Aimee Baker, with a piece from Adams Family, and Mia Hardy, with a Taylor Swift song accompanied by guitar.

The session at the Music Factory provided an opportunity for children from TheatreTrain to perform on a professional stage.
The session at the Music Factory provided an opportunity for children from TheatreTrain to perform on a professional stage.

The children also had behind-the-scenes tours to uncover the diverse opportunities and creative qualifications available through LHG Academy.

Students Abbie Radcliffe and Zak Brown also had the chance to interview Nottinghamshire YMCA’s chief executive Craig Berens and LHG’s Liz Doogan-Hobbs to understand how this new partnership will directly benefit young people in Newark.

A Theatretrain student dancing.
A Theatretrain student dancing.

Mr Berens said: “In addition to showcasing the fantastic youth talent in Newark, this event provided a wonderful chance for local young people to ask us questions as industry leaders and engage with this new partnership at its embryonic stages to help shape provisions in the area.

“Liz and her dynamic team share our vision to inspire meaningful social change that empowers children, and this collaboration will open even more doors to training and career opportunities for young people looking to develop their skills in the creative and entertainment sectors.”

Opportunities for young people include educational programmes, vocational training, masterclasses and mentoring delivered through the LHG Academy. The cross-age initiatives will teach skills and forge pathway opportunities for young people to develop the skills to be the next generation of entertainment industry specialists.

Liz Doogan-Hobbs and Craig Berens.
Liz Doogan-Hobbs and Craig Berens.
Liz Doogan-Hobbs and Craig Berens being interviewed by young people from TheatreTrain.
Liz Doogan-Hobbs and Craig Berens being interviewed by young people from TheatreTrain.

Liz Doogan-Hobbs, whose company manages produces and promotes events for performers such as Little Mix and Tom Jones, said: “This partnership brings together synergies we know will help shape event managers and performers of the future and aid their decision-making process in an industry that is so diverse.”

“We are excited to be working with YMCA and look forward to helping shape the future.”

Packages are still in development, but if you are interested and would like further information, please visit https://ymcanewarksherwood.org or https://lizhobbsgroup.com.

A guitar performance.
A guitar performance.
LHG Music Factory.
LHG Music Factory.
LHG shows a young student the music development technology.
LHG shows a young student the music development technology.
Mia Hardy singing.
Mia Hardy singing.
A Theatretrain performance.
A Theatretrain performance.


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