Our current ensembles are as follows:

Next Steps Orchestra

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?

Instruments: Any


Standard: Suitable for complete beginners


Led by:  Rebecca Wattley

Junior String Orchestra

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

Flute Choir


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?

Instruments: Flutes


Standard: Grade 1 upwards


Led by: Catherine Nicholls

Clarinet Choir


We welcome any level of clarinetist from grades 1 to 8+ as the parts are specially arranged to suit everyone's ability. We have lots of fun rehearsing with everyone helping each other. It also enables the younger students to be able to hear and play with the older more experienced students. 
The clarinet choir repertoire covers a wide range of specially arranged music.  Recent performances include Mission Impossible, Mozart Minuet, Film music such as Toy story, Theme from Jungle book and Spanish Dances. There is also an excellent opportunity to play the large Bass and Contra Bass clarinets provided by the Music Centre
Instruments: Clarinets


Standard: Grade 1 upwards


Led by: Carol Dewis

Brass Ensemble


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)


String Orchestra


The senior string orchestra welcome violin, viola, cello and double bass players. We aim to make the rehearsals fun alongside building on orchestral techniques and etiquette. Our music includes classics, film, and new works, all tailored to the group with parts written especially when needed. Players are invited to join who are working towards grade 4 and upwards to grade 8+.

Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass


Standard: Grade 4+


Led by: Jenny Spencer-Wortley

Wind Band


The Wind Band provides an enjoyable challenge to all Wind, Brass and Percussion players of grades 1 to 8+ standard (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba and Percussion). We play a varied selection of specially arranged music from classical arrangements to film favourites, with everything in between!
Recent performances include Uptown Funk, The final countdown, Counting Stars Sousa Confusa and Star Wars selection. 

Instruments: Woodwind, brass and percussion


Standard: Grade 1 upwards


Led by: Carol Dewis

Guitar Ensemble


There are currently over 20 guitarists in our ensemble ranging from grade 1 to grade 8. We enjoy working together to create our very own unique sound and to perform various styles of music including baroque, classical, Spanish, Latin American and film music. We also perform wonderful modern pieces especially written for guitar ensemble by British composers.
We are always very pleased to welcome classical and acoustic guitarists of grade 1 standard and above. The parts are arranged to suit the ability of the guitarists to enable them to be involved in producing our musical performances. Our rehearsals are fun and very relaxed, everyone is made to feel welcome!

Instruments: Classical and acoustic guitar


Standard:  Grade 1 to Grade 8+


Led by: Hannah Woolacott



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