The Next Steps Orchestra has been set up primarily for children starting out on an instrument who are ready to take the next step - playing that instrument alongside others.
It is a fun hour, where every member feels valued, whatever their experience.
Come and boost your confidence, playing alongside other friendly musicians and have great experiences playing concerts at some inspirational settings.
We welcome any aged children, on any instrument, who have a basic knowledge and can play at least three notes. If you fancy finding out what we're all about, you would be made to feel very welcome. Why not come along and give it a go?
Standard: Suitable for complete beginners
Led by: Rebecca Wattley
Junior Strings is open to anyone of any age and ability; from complete beginners who've only had a handful of lessons, up to approximately grade 4 standard. We play a variety of different styles of music and are always happy to take requests! Junior Strings is about learning to play music together, in a relaxed and fun environment.
Instruments: Violin, viola, cello & double bass
Standard: Suitable for complete beginners through to grade 4/5
Led by: Lara Gillies
All flautists welcome from Grade 1 to Grade 8+.
We play a wide variety of music, including film and show tunes and current repertoire includes Mozart, Scott Joplin and an experimental piece for headjoints only!
Some pieces have alto, bass and piccolo parts and alto and bass flutes are available at the centre to have a go at.
New members are always welcome so why not come along and enjoy meeting other flautists whilst learning new music to perform at our concerts?
Standard: Grade 1 upwards
Led by: Catherine Nicholls
Standard: Grade 1 upwards
Led by: Carol Dewis
The Brass Ensemble plays a wide range of music which is all specially arranged for the group. Television themes and film music features highly alongside more traditional music suited to the brass sound. All parts are tailored to the players abilities, so whether you are just starting out or are an experienced player, everyone contributes towards a great performance!
Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Cornet, Euphonium, Baritone, Tenor Horn, Tuba, Saxophone
Standard: All standards welcome!
Led by: Paul Moulton (Centre Manager)
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
Standard: Grade 4+
Led by: Jenny Spencer-Wortley
Our members are meeting virtually throughout November and preparing to spread some seasonal cheer! Keep an eye on our Facebook page to find out more about what they're up to!
Whilst the current pandemic situation restricts face-to-face meetings we are keeping in touch with our members to try to ensure some continunity of music playing. Music is incredibly valuable as an outlet and we want to facilitate both that and the benefits of bringing children together through playing as much as it can be possible to do so at this current time.