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Groups and ensembles

Experience the thrill of making music with other young people

Welcome to our Music Centres

Looking for a place where you can make music with others, improve your musical skills, make friends for life, take part in concerts and other exciting musical experiences? Perhaps an inclusive orchestra?

Our music centres are the place to be. Somewhere near you, there is a school where we meet as a group to make music in bands, orchestras and choirs. There’s something for everyone learning to play an instrument!

You’ll find a warm welcome at all of our music centres, whether
you’ve been before or you’re completely new.

Find out more about what’s going on at your local music centre and how you can get involved by selecting one of the boxes below.

Tomorrow's Orchestra Programme

Free orchestral lessons & instrument hire for beginners

Youth Orchestra

If you are aged between 7-12 and have a keen interest in music, we have a very exciting opportunity for you!

Starting with the basics, we’ll nurture your skills and knowledge that you will form part of our new TOPs Youth Orchestra.

This programme is for complete beginners so there’s no need to feel nervous! We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our new music group soon.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

This isn’t possible during current covid regulations, but usually parents are welcome to attend their child’s first session.

Ensemble sessions are music-based, rather than technique-based so it is important that all MC members are having lessons separately on the instrument they play in the Music Centre.

This term’s Winter Concerts will be held in December. For full details of all our concerts, please visit the event calendar.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate adults in Music Centre ensembles.

Join our County Ensembles

Have you reached grade 6 on your instrument? Or are you a strong singer capable of passing an audition? Then you may be ready for our County Ensembles.

Testimonials

What people are saying

We all thought the concert at Worthing Assembly Halls was just wonderful and we were so proud of our daughter.

She also really enjoyed being part of the orchestra and the concert and is looking forward to next term. She has spoken about how much her playing has improved by being in the orchestra.

Many thanks to West Sussex Music for a brilliant term.

I wanted to draw your attention to the wonderful teaching Anna, my daughter, receives from Mr Will Wilkins, via West Sussex Music. She has always delighted in his lessons, and how he makes learning the cornet so fun … Even when she’s tired, he manages to get the best out of her. It is wonderful to see the progress she is making.  We are both very grateful to Mr Wilkins, and West Sussex Music.

Charlotte Rattary, mother of student

Charlotte Rattary, mother of student

The children and I are very much enjoying our current K2M programme with Emily Hall learning ukulele. Over half of the children in the class now have their own ukuleles which are really good news as it means they can now use ‘MusicWorld’ as part of Charanga to play their instrument at home. I am also confident that these children will be keen to attend an after school club to continue playing the ukulele when the K2M year ends which is great! It is likely that this will interest other year groups too so we may have a growing ukulele group at Easebourne thanks to West Sussex Music!

Katie Stevens

An inspiring music education, like that on offer through West Sussex Music, is an entitlement for every child. It can be extremely fun and increases the children’s listening, concentration, literacy and language skills. It supports mathematical thinking, physical co-ordination and promotes team work and leadership skills. Children’s confidence increases as they perform. It is a core part of primary education for ….” Music has a power of forming the character and should be introduced into the education of the young” (Aristotle)….still SO true today as we watch our West Sussex Music Violin Ensemble and choir take to the stage!!

Sarah Palmer

I really wanted to send you a message to say a personal thank you for all your help with Joe, Lily and Theo. They had a fabulous time with you for the three days and thanks to your work, Lily had the confidence to join in with a performance for a big family party we had at the weekend. I know for a fact she would not have done it if it wasn’t for the time she had with you at the Rock school. This has now given us a special memory being able to perform as a family. (We did it once, one song, but she was petrified and only sang a little back up with Joe. This time she sang solo!!!) THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. They would really love to join in with Rock School again in the future so please keep us updated. Look forward to seeing you again sometime.

Elizabeth Angioni

Just to say thank you very much for all the effort and support to those involved with and supporting the choir’s participation at the National Music Festival. It was a great opportunity to perform at a unique venue and benefit from the experience of listening to other choirs.

As a parent, listening to the children sing is quite simply inspirational and a joy to behold. I was very proud of them all.

Thank you very much.

Luissa Porter

Firstly can I just say on behalf of Bethany how much she enjoyed the advanced performers course. A big thank you to you and your wonderful team. Bethany would not have volunteered for this a year ago but she really loved the experience and said how much she would like to go again, which has to be a result!!!! We were also blown away at the talent on show in the concert and really enjoyed the diversity of the performances, especially the Mozart played by the string ensemble.

Alison Clark

We have used the music service for many years now for both my children, so a big thank you to all the staff of various instruments we have tried along the way for their support and encouragement over the years!

Naomi Towns

1term2learn has offered opportunities for our children that they normally may not have. The children really enjoy the sessions and the team delivering the lessons are professional and enthusiastic. Some of our children who find classwork a challenge have blossomed in music and we believe that it is a great avenue for boosting confidence and self-esteem.

Tom O’Donoghue

We have run Key2Music for ten years with West Sussex Music. Every child in year 4 learns the violin with the scheme as I believe that every child should have high-quality instrumental teaching in their primary school years and this is how we ensure ALL children can access the best possible tuition. The quality of the planning, provision and tuition which covers music curriculum requirements, singing and instrumental teaching is of the highest quality. I am amazed and thrilled every year as I watch the concerts and see children focused and enjoying music; achieving and experiencing at such a good standard. Staff from West Sussex Music are reliable and dedicated, always willing to share ideas and develop music with us. I cannot think of another initiative that we have bought into and stuck with for so long which is a testament to its success for us in our school.

Rhona Perry
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