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An interview with ERA


We chat with one of our generous supporters, the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA)!

ERA is a UK trade organisation formed specifically to act as a forum for the physical and digital retail and wholesale sectors of the music, video and video games industries. ERA members supply the sales data that then supplies the Official Charts Company (music and video charts) and Gfk Chart Track (video games). ERA also provides the organisational force behind Record Store Day UK.

What is your favourite show?

Billy Elliot!


What/who are you listening to at the moment?

The Mystery Jets new album. It's a great comeback record.

Who/what are your favourite bands/singers?

The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys, Maccabees, Leon Bridges, Amy Winehouse - we have loads!


Favourite Food?

Definitely Chocolate Oranges!

Ideal holiday?




THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?


We'd like to say a huge thank you to the ERA for supporting YMT's activities! We really appreciate your help! Also, a big thank you to all our supporters!

Sean runs the marathon Youth Music Theatre UK YMT - YMT Blog

Sean runs the Marathon... Blog 2


51 days to go...

So... running is actually quite fun. Who knew? With just over seven weeks to go, I'm starting to push myself and run longer distances - I managed to do a half marathon (13.1 miles!) with minimal crying, which was good. The weather has been pretty terrible recently and running against the wind is ridiculously annoying. Thankfully, my excellent playlist (consisting of Beyoncé, Destiny's Child and more Beyoncé) gets me through! 

I haven't fallen over yet either, which is a bonus. Never say never though...


Anyway! A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far! Any money you can spare to sponsor me is really really really really really really amazing! All money raised goes towards YMT's Bursary Scheme - allowing us to offer more opportunities to young people from all walks of life. You can donate here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=ymtmarathon2016


Sean runs the marathon Youth Music Theatre UK YMT - YMT Blog

Before and after the half marathon! It took me 2 hours 16 minutes 14 seconds - and one weird toe blister...

Thanks again, guys!! 

Win a pair of tickets to Choirs Remixed at Southbank Centre - YMT Blog - Youth Music Theatre UK

COMPETITION! Win tickets!


Win a pair of tickets to Choirs Remixed at Southbank Centre!

Choirs Remixed feat. Andreya Triana - Saturday 19 March, 7.30pm

Soulful singer-songwriter Andreya Triana headlines an evening bringing together six boundary-pushing choirs. Some Voices, the Mike King Collective, London Contemporary Voices, LCV Kin Choir, Enchorus and Southbank Centre’s new all-male choir Beyond the Bassline each perform a short set, then join forces in special arrangements of songs from Andreya’s album Giants. Beatboxer Shlomo is your host, and band Amber Run add their voices to the mix.

Part of Southbank Centre’s Chorus festival, a celebration of the human voice. Enjoy a song-filled weekend of workshops and shows for all, and free performances from over 40 choirs. Other festival highlights include Strive Mixer: The Suppliant Women, a FREE song and music workshop for women aged 15 – 25 on Saturday 19 March and Mmm Hmm: a cappella song theatre by Verity Standen on Sunday 20 March.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to Choirs Remixed Feat. Andreya Triana, visit www.hotticketoffers.com/chorus and enter the competition code YMTUK.

Competition closes Thursday 10 March.

Drew Taylor - Youth Music Theatre UK - YMT Blog - Photo: Blazej Marczak

'Be prepared for anything...' - Drew Taylor


Glasgow-based writer and theatre-maker Drew Taylor offers his views on auditions and who you should be checking out!

Drew has worked with YMT several times over the last few years, including last year's zombie-musical The Coorie Cave... or... How to survive a zombie apocalypse and come out singing as well as a workshop week in Alicante! He has LOADS of exciting stuff planned for 2016, so make sure you check out his website.

The Coorie Cave - Youth Music Theatre UK - YMT

The Coorie Cave... Or... How to survive a zombie apocalypse and come out singing, 2015. Photo: James Taylor-Wilson

How to prepare for an audition:

Read through everything that has been sent to you! Twice! Wear suitable clothing so that you can move around if necessary! Get some good sleep the night before and allow more than enough time to travel to the location!

Top Tips for auditionees:

We want to find the best possible people for the YMT Company, which means people that can deliver the goods, who can adapt their performance to what we're asking for and... fundamentally... that you are a team player. Be friendly, but not over eager; know when chattiness goes into idle waffle and be prepared for anything...

Favourite show?

Particularly In The Heartland / Architecting / MissionDrift - The TEAMFake It 'til You Make It - Bryony Kimmings and The Lion King.


What/who should young people research in the arts?

Definitely check out the TEAMBryony KimmingsThe Royal Court Theatre London and Perfect Pitch - they develop brand new musicals.

Favourite Food?

My mum's Spaghetti Bolognese.... and Haribo...

Ideal holiday:

When HOT: nothing, sat by a pool. When COOL: sightseeing and exploring a new culture. Also, San Francisco is my spiritual home.


THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?


Make sure you check out Drew's website for all his incredible upcoming projects.

Lindsay Atherton - YMT Alumni - Youth Music Theatre UK

An interview with Lindsay Atherton


Fresh from performing in CATS at the London Palladium, we chat with YMT Alumni Lindsay Atherton about her experience!

I did The Chosen Room (2008), Eight (2009), A Song for Eurydice (2010), Korczak (2011). The most influential for me was my last, Korczak, when I played Golda Linska at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. We had hollocaust survivors watch us and the last show had a standing ovation that wouldn't let us leave until we did an encore. Incredible.

Lindsay Atherton and Joel Fisher - Korczak 2011 - Youth Music Theatre UK - YMT Alumni

Lindsay Atherton and Joel Fisher, Korczak 2011, Rose Theatre Kingston 

Do you still keep in contact with any YMTers?

One of my best friends was made at the first show I did in Dublin. We're still 'sisters' from 'the wee girls room'.

Why should people get involved with YMT?

You become part of a family that creates magic. What can beat that? I grew up and learnt so much from each show and my confidence soared.

What would your dream role be?

My dream role is Christine in Phantom of the Opera. I actually just ticked a dream (Rumpleteazer in Cats as 1st cover at the Palladium), which was pretty incredible.


Favourite Shows?

Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Cats, Les Miserables, In The Heights!


Tips for auditions:

Absolutely don't care what anyone else thinks. Follow your impulses.

What/who should young people research in the arts?

Show - Hamilton. Choreographer - Drew McOnie. Company -  Really Useful Group (RUG).

Favourite food?



Ideal holiday?

Half insane water sports and climbing and half beach, tanning... Food. Great food must be involved.

THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?

Scone-gone. Never should it sound like stone.

Lindsay will soon be starring in Starlight Express in Germany! Follow her on Twitter: @linzathy