Rocking Horse Rehearsal Rooms

Mobile Phone Reception

Rocking Horse now has a mobile phone signal booster in the studio which finally means people should be able to get a reception! (3G phones only). It only works with selected networks (BT EE and a few others) but O2 customers can download the TU Go App on their phone to get coverage also… as for the others, we’re working on it!

Rehearsal Recordings

Want to record your rehearsal at Rocking Horse??? We’ve recently bought some new gear (loads of DI boxes) and hooked up all four rooms to the studio, this enables us to record better quality rehearsal recordings! We will mic up everything as if it’s a live gig, i.e. kick, snare, bass, guitars and vocals direct to the studio, but you’ll still be able to rehearse using the PA for vocals. We’ve also created a template in Logic to make the whole editing/mixing process a lot quicker after your rehearsal so you can have a CD ready to go when you’re finished! The price is still £20 (on top of your rehearsal price) to record as many tracks as you want…

Band Required on Friday for It’s A Blinder 3 at the Angel

It’s A Blinder 3, in aid of Alington House visual impairment group, are looking for a band to play their charity event at the Angel on Friday 8th May.

Unfortunately one of the bands has pulled out, so they’re looking for a band to step in and help raise funds for their events and activities. Preferably willing to share a drum kit with No Ditchin’ who are on first. Need to be able to play for about 3 quarters of an hour and the fee will go to the collection pot.

For more information please call Fiona on 07855 451 889

Brass Lessons at Rocking Horse

We are pleased to announce that Benjamin Chinery, Trumpeter and brass teacher, is now offering brass lessons at Rocking Horse Rehearsal Rooms.

As a brass teacher I constantly try to develop a better and more understandable way to pass on my experience so as to inspire would be brass players. I have had over 5 years of experience teaching brass instruments and can take students through the ABRSM syllabus from just starting out to getting into Music College. Not all students have that as their goal but the level required to get in can be achieved by anyone through practice and guidance. Music lessons are tailored carefully to the needs of the student, drawing on their strengths and improving their weaknesses, with both solo and group activities available the student can improve all aspects of their life through music and community involvement. If you are interested in lessons on any Brass instrument whatever your age, then please contact me at

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Christmas Opening Hours

This xmas we will be closed on the following days:

Wed, 24th December, Thur, 25th December, Fri, 26th December

Wed, 31st December, Thur, 1st January

We will be open every other day as usual.

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We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

You can contact us on: 0191 3860595 // 07554 265040 // 07876 293709


Drum Lessons At Rocking Horse



We have acquired the services of the excellent Dan from Rhythm Dynamics to teach drum lessons here at Rocking Horse. Rhythm Dynamics specialise in one-to-one drum lessons for any age and ability, even if you have never picked up a pair of sticks before!

“We pride ourselves in our Unique and Personalised way of learning! What about us makes us Unique?…We teach you the way YOU want!”

To book drum lessons at Rocking Horse, please phone Dan on: 07773 552 162 or email

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‘Cabin’ Live Video Recorded At Rocking Horse

In preparation for their debut album on our Rocking Horse Recordings label, Zeerox shot a new music video in room 3. All audio and video was recorded and shot in house here at Rocking Horse. Check it out!

For more Rocking Horse videos click here

Rocking Horse Mentioned In This Month’s NME

10419401_10152797775876635_6522210764347358757_nThis weeks NME ran a feature on the Durham DIY music scene. Rocking Horse got a mention, as did music venues such as Empty Shop and the Fishtank.

Winds of Genocide, Control, Martha, Cholera, Uncoffined, No Ditching and Onsind are among the bands who rehearse at Rocking Horse who also featured in the article.

Road Closure

There are currently evening roadworks blocking the road into Rocking Horse from the A690 (at the traffic lights, heading down to the Gates carpark). Access is currently diverted through North Road. We don’t know how long this will continue, so please allow extra time for your journey.