We run bands and choirs for children and young people to rehearse and perform in. Each group meets weekly during term time and performs two or three times a year. Some ensembles have the opportunity to perform more often.
North Somerset Centre for Young Musicians
Saturdays 9am – 12.30pm at St Nicholas Chantry Primary School, Clevedon
Charge: £45 per old school term (9 mornings). All players will be in two ensembles.
- North Somerset sinfonia – a full symphony orchestra for players of grades 5 to 8
- swing band – commercial music band for flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, bass guitar and drums
- concert band – a symphonic wind band for players of grades 5 to 8
- vivace – a string orchestra for players of grades 5 and above
Saturdays 9.30am – 12.10pm at Backwell Secondary School
Charge: £40 per old school term (9 mornings). All players will be in two ensembles.
- junior string orchestra – for players from pre grade 1 to grade 2 standard
- intermediate string orchestra – a string orchestra for players of grades 3 to 5 standard
- junior full orchestra – for players of grades 1 and 2 standard
- intermediate full orchestra – for players of grades 3 to 5 standard
- junior wind band – for woodwind, brass and percussion players of grades 1 and 2 standard
- intermediate wind band – for woodwind, brass and percussion players of grades 3 to 5 standard
Thursdays at St Anne’s Primary School @ West Wick
Charge: £20 per old school term (9 rehearsals). The charge is per ensemble. The charge for the jazz orchestra is £30 due to the longer rehearsals.
- string training orchestra – 5 to 6pm – a beginners’ string orchestra for players up to and including grade 2
- tutti orchestra – 5 to 6pm – an orchestra for players of grades 1 to 4 standard
- just woodwind – 5 to 6pm – for flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoonists of at least grade 3 standard
- just jazz – 6 to 7pm – for players of all instruments of grades 2 to 5 standard
- North Somerset jazz orchestra – 7 to 8.30pm – North Somerset’s premier youth big band. Minimum standard grade 5
- clarinet choir – 6 to 7pm – an ensemble for players of grade 5 plus standard
- theory lessons – 6 to 7pm – aimed at supporting young musicians towards obtaining their grade 5
School of pop and rock
Wednesdays 5.30 to 7.30pm at Weston College University Campus
Charge: £35 per old school term (9 evenings). All players will be in two ensembles.
Players of guitar, bass, drum kit, keyboard, sax, brass and vocalists come together to rehearse and be coached in all styles of popular music.
Mondays 4.15 to 5.15pm at Nailsea School
Charge: £20 per old school term (9 sessions). All players will be in two ensembles.
An ensemble for string players of grade 3 and above, intended primarily for those who are unable to attend the Saturday centres but are open to all.