The premise of the Centre Stage competition is to give young bands a fantastic platform, exposure and once in a lifetime opportunity whilst raising vital funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

In 2009, this wonderful fundraising initiative was conceived: a musical talent competition, which would invite all secondary schools and colleges in West Yorkshire to take part and ultimately enter their most gifted musical talent. Since its initial launch, by The Pigeon Detectives in Autumn 2009, Centre Stage has so far provided a platform for over a hundred young musical acts in West Yorkshire and raised over £100,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice. The competition has the support of Embrace, The Pigeon Detectives, The Cribs and Festival Republic.

In order to enter, artists must be under 21 years old, with at least one band member at school or college in West or North Yorkshire. To put themselves forward for this fantastic opportunity, artists/bands must commit to undertake their own fundraising (with our support) and raise vital funds for the hospice: to help care for children and young adults with life limiting illnesses. The perfect example of young people helping young people.

Martin House Children´s Hospice

Martin House Hospice cares for children and young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses and provides support to their families. They are based in a purpose built hospice in Boston Spa, Wetherby and care for children and young people from throughout the Yorkshire region. In 2012 they celebrated our 25th Anniversary and the 10th Anniversary of the opening of their teenage unit Whitby Lodge.

Music Therapy

For some people music is an important medium for accessing many varied emotions. When workin with the children with music, the aim is to offer them an avenue for communication and self expression. This may be in the form of individual sessions, supporting the child with improvised music or giving them space to choose, explore and communicate their emotions. There is a specific music room where they can give children time and space, and where there is a wide range of instruments from which to choose. They often find the children and well siblings enjoy being together for music, and if the children wish, they can form a group led by the musicians to sing, play or perform.