Plymouth Junior Strings Orchestra (PJSO)

Bert Tayler and Cath Smith

Following on from the success of the PMEH Grand String Gathering day, we are delighted to announce that a city-wide Junior Strings Orchestra will be established in January 2018 for young string players across the city and the wider area. The PJSO will rehearse at Compton C of E Primary, Higher Compton Road, Plymouth, PL3 5JB. The first session is planned for Tuesday 9th January. The orchestra will be involved in exciting city events and pubic concerts. Membership is free so why not come along?




Compton CE Primary School Higher Compton Road, Plymouth PL3 5JB


Tuesdays from 4:45pm to 6:00pm in term time

3 Bars rest!

The brand new informal choir for adults in Plymouth!

Join us at Hyde Park Social Club once a month for inspiring and uplifting songs with live accompaniment and a bar! No auditions and no experience necessary so why not get a group together? Like to sing in the shower or sing on the stage? It doesn’t matter, everyone is welcome.

Held every fourth Thursday starting on the 22nd September it is a chance to have an informal sing with friends with no weekly commitment. The first session is free and it is £5 per session thereafter.

For more  details or to book a place at the first event, please contact Jessica Rowe: jessrowe@mpsplymouth.net


Hyde Park Social Club, 5 St Gabriel’s avenue, Plymouth, PL3 4JQ


Every 4th Thursday 7.30-9.15 with break.

Thursday 22nd September

Thursday 20th October

Thursday 1st December

Mayflower 400 Legacy Choir 2

Due to the success of last year we are opening another choir, to enable more young people to take part, at Eggbuckland Community College from Wednesday 28th September 3.45pm-4.30pm
We are recruiting and are open to anyone in Year 6 or above. Come and join us for great fun, great harmonies and great performance opportunities ! Plus it’s free to take part in!

You can visit our Facebook page to see all the fun we get up to.




Eggbuckland Community College, Westcott Close, Eggbuckland, Plymouth PL6 5YB


Wednesdays 3.45-4.30 pm

Mayflower 400 Legacy Choir

Miss JR (Primary Music Consultant)

Mayflower 400 Legacy Choir is for all those in Yr 6 and above who love to sing. Now in their second year, the Legacy choir has gone from strength to strength. As well as performing throughout the year at various local events, last year, the choir visited their American counterparts in Plymouth, Massachusetts to sing with them.

The choir rehearse every Monday during term time from 4.15-5.15 pm at Montpelier Primary School. For more information you may visit the Facebook page; www.facebook.com/plymouthlegacychoir or contact Miss JR at Montpelier school. Jessrowe@mpsplymouth.net 


Montpelier Primary School, North Down Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL2 3HN


Monday 4.15-5.15

Plymouth Junior Concert Band

Helen Welsh & Chris Spreadbury

The Plymouth Junior Concert Band is now well-established to offer young woodwind and brass musicians the opportunity to meet, and make music with other young players from across the city. It is provided as a musical opportunity for children who have completed their whole class lessons in primary school and are either continuing to play at school or privately. However, any pupils who haven’t had the opportunity to continue through school but would like to join would also be very welcome. The current age range is 8-13 years but the group is certainly not age-restricted. The band rehearses every Wednesday from 4.00-5.00pm at Montpelier Primary School (PL2 3HN) for 30 weeks across the school year. The band have played at several events during the year including Armed Forces day on the Hoe and the Theatre Royal. They also gave  a sparkling performance  in the Musicality concert staged by PMEH at The Pavilions earlier in February.

For more information contact Helen Welsh: helenwelshwork@gmail.com





Montpelier Primary School, North Down Road, Beacon Park, Plymouth PL2 3HN


Wednesdays 4.00 to 5.00pm

South West Camerata

Fiona Mclean-Beuchel

The ensemble consists of string players only, who have that extra ‘something’ about their playing. A minimum level of Grade 7, or equivalent in repertoire, is required for players to be invited to join South West Camerata. Currently, they rehearse at Dame Hannah’s near Ivybridge every other Monday and new players are welcome to join at  this great venue.  This is a regional ensemble and subscriptions are paid by members.  Upcoming events are performances at Buckfast Abbey and concerts in London as well as some studio recording sessions.

No less than 19 of our young musicians have gone on to study music and the arts since our formation in 2005 . Many are now performing professionally at home and abroad and are part of a national case study which is being run by Making Music. We are forever grateful to Simon Ible of Peninsula Arts and Plymouth Youth Music Service for all their support over the years.



Hannah’s At Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbott, Devon, TQ12 6NQ


Alternate Mondays

Plymouth Musical Activities Club

PMAC is a music youth group for young people between the ages of 9 and 18. Low cost music tuition ( £1.00 per 2.5 hour session) is offered on a range of instruments including drums, clarinet, flutes, keyboards, guitars and singing. Young people are given the opportunity to showcase what they have learnt by performing live music in a variety of venues. Each year there are 2 major concerts and they have also performed at Tregenna Castle, The Eden Project, Plymouth Lord Mayors Day, Kingsbridge Carnival and in local residential homes. PMAC rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at Courtlands Special School. PMAC is staffed entirely by volunteers and they are currently looking for tutors to teach both drumming and keyboards.






Courtlands Special School, Widey Lane, Crownhill, Plymouth PL6 5JS


Thursday evenings during term-time from 7.15-9.15pm

The Plymouth Cooperative Big Band

Peter Twyman & Gavin Martin

The Co-Operative Big Band consists of a selection of talented students from across the city and includes a majority of current students and ex-students from the Lipson Co-operative Academy. This high-quality ensemble rehearses every week on Tuesdays from 7-9pm at Lipson and all decisions, bookings/marketing and financial matters are discussed and agreed democratically between all members.   The Co-Operative Big Band is regularly booked for the following events: Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival, The National Trust, Armed Forces Day, Plymouth Music Services events, Corporate events, weddings and national competitions.The repertoire is varied and covers styles such as pop, funk, soul and swing and the ensemble benefits from the experience and guidance of three professional musicians who coach the students in the art of big band ensemble playing and soloing, inclusive of improvisation. Please note that the best part of this opportunity is it’s free. If you are interested and can play to an equivalent standard of Grade 4 or above on either sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass or drums please contact the ensemble leaders: Pete Twyman and Gav Martin at Lipson Co-operative Academy or via Barrie Mills at PMEH.



Lipson Cooperative Academy, Bernice Terrace, Lipson, Plymouth PL4 7PG


Tuesday evenings during term-time from 7-9pm

Plymouth Youth Steel

Leroy Clarke

Plymouth Steel Band ‘Real Steel’ was formed in 2004. The band has taken part in many high profile events, including regular appearances at Lord Mayors Day procession and Notting Hill Carnival. Players joining the Youth Steel band may progress to Real Steel. Rehearsals for the Youth Steel Band are open to young people from all Plymouth Schools. The band has quickly grown and now numbers over 20 young players and has made a number of successful appearances at Plymouth events. No previous steel pan experience is necessary to join, just lots of enthusiasm!  Rehearsals take place in the main arena at The Soundhouse, Torbridge High.


The Soundhouse, Tor Bridge High, Miller Way, Estover, Plymouth PL6 8UN


Rehearsals take place (10 per term) on Tuesdays from 5pm – 7pm

Plymouth Soundhouse Youth Brass Academy

Gary Thompson

This thriving young ensemble is based at the Soundhouse, Tor Bridge High.  It provides access to a brass band for young brass players from all Plymouth schools. Players of all ability levels are welcome, even absolute beginners and especially those who may have already taken part in Year 4 First Access brass projects. Competitions and concert appearances are very much part of the band’s programme and they have enjoyed early success in regional and national  festivals including achieving a bronze award and 6th place at the recent Junior Brass Band Festival in Warwick.


The Soundhouse, Tor Bridge High, Miller Way, Estover Plymouth PL6 8UN


Thursdays throughout the academic year from 6pm to 7.30pm

Plymouth Youth Concert Band

Barrie Mills Dennis Frere-Smith

The Plymouth Youth Concert Band was established in April 2005 and currently numbers some 28 young wind players and percussionists from Plymouth schools and beyond. The young musicians have a range of abilities from Grade III ABRSM to musical diplomas. Many members have been with the band for several years. The band is directed by Barrie Mills, Deputy Head of Plymouth Youth Music Service and former Director of Music of the Plymouth Royal Marines Band. The band repertoire, which is constantly updated, includes traditional band music, music from movies and shows and challenging contemporary pieces. The band performs regularly in public and they have supported Plymouth City Council at many prestigious events including Armed Forces Day on Plymouth Hoe and bandstand concerts in Devonport Park. They also perform regular concerts for both local and national charities. Forthcoming appearances include Plymouth Guildhall supporting Plymouth Symphony orchestra later this month, a WW1 concert with the Phoenix Choir in July, Plymouth Festival of Remembrance & Plymouth Argyle’s Carol Service at Home Park and a performance at their last home game of 2018. The band will also share the stage with the Plymouth Music Of The Night choir in December 2018 for a spectacular Christmas concert in Methodist Central Hall, Plymouth.


The Soundhouse
Tor Bridge High
Miller Way, Estover
Plymouth PL6 8UN

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Wednesday evenings in term times 17:30 – 19.00


For more details or information on any of these ensembles, please contact Fiona Pendreigh, Head of Music Service on 01752 398929, e-mail: fiona.pendreigh@plymouth.gov.uk

Or the Deputy Head of Music Service, Barrie Mills on 01752 307553.
e-mail: barrie.mills@plymouth.gov.uk

Alternatively, please complete and send in the enrolment form, which can be downloaded from the file attachments on this website.