Ensembles

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

Venue:

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

Rehearsals:

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.

www.facebook.com/plymouthlegacychoir

 

Venue:

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

Rehearsals:

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 

Venue:

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

Rehearsals:

Monday 4.15-5.15

Plymouth Junior Youth Orchestra

Plymouth Music Education Hub has launched a new youth orchestra to give young musicians their first taste of playing in a traditional ensemble.  The PJYO meets at Yealmpston Farm Primary School  on Mondays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Players of ABRSM Grade I and above are very welcome to join. The group currently has a number of players who play guitars, violins, flutes, keyboards and baritones. The aim is to is to provide the experience of, and learn the skills needed for playing in an orchestra and to earn about orchestral discipline whilst having fun making music together. The ensemble plays a variety of music from simple tunes to well-known themes. For more details of how you can become a member of this exciting new ensemble contact Barrie Mills on 01752 307485 or youthmusic@Plymouth.gov.uk

Venue:

Yealmpston Farm Primary School Meadowfield Place
Plympton Plymouth PL7 1XQ

Rehearsals:

Mondays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in term time

Rhythm Stix – Percussion Ensemble

Kathy Banks

Plymouth Music Education Hub has launched a brand new ensemble offering a unique opportunity for young percussionists in Plymouth. The new ensemble, Rhythm Stix, is aimed at young percussion players who are looking for a specialist ensemble covering all the instruments in the percussion family. These include tuned percussion such as the marimba, xylophone and glockenspiel.  Hand percussion (congas, djembe) drum kit and hand-held percussion (samba and African instruments inclusive).  If you already play some of these or would like to learn more about being a percussionist please contact Kathryn Banks:  kathyjbanks@googlemail.com

 

 

Venue:

Devonport High School For Girls

Lyndhurst Road
Peverell
Plymouth PL2 3DL

Rehearsals:

Mondays in term time from 4-5pm

Plymouth Junior Ukulele Band

Dennis Frere-Smith

Plymouth Music Education Hub has established an exciting new youth ensemble especially for young Ukulele players. The Plymouth Junior Ukulele Band  provides the next step for those players who may have completed a year of First Access on Ukulele and want to carry on to develop their skills and join an ensemble.  Plymouth Junior Ukulele Band meets at St Peter’s CE Primary School, Rendle Street
Plymouth PL1 1TP on Mondays, in term time, from 3.20-4.20 pm for 30 sessions during the school year.

Players from all Plymouth schools are welcome to join and membership is free.  The band is directed by a very experienced PYMS instrumental tutor, Dennis Frere-Smith.  The band will participate in future civic and high profile public events in Plymouth including the forthcoming Armed Forces week in June on Plymouth Hoe.

Venue:

St Peter’s CE Primary School, Rendle Street, Plymouth PL1 1TP

Rehearsals:

Tuesdays 4.00-5.00pm

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

 

 

 

Venue:

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

Rehearsals:

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.

 

Venue:

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

Rehearsals:

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.

 

 

 

 

Venue:

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

Rehearsals:

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.

 

Venue:

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

Rehearsals:

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.

Venue:

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

Rehearsals:

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 festivals.

Venue:

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

Rehearsals:

Thursdays throughout the academic year from 6pm to 7.30pm

Plymouth Youth Concert Band

Barrie Mills Dennis Frere-Smith

The Plymouth Youth Concert Band, currently numbers some 29 young wind players. 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 assisted by Dennis Frere-Smith. Players of any wind band instrument, of Grade II standard or above, are welcome to come along. 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 played recently at Home Park for a Plymouth Argyll game and also supported Plymouth City Council at many prestigious events. They perform regular concerts for both local and national charities. Recent appearances include Plymouth Pavilions for the 2016 Festival of Remembrance, Christmas music at Sainsbury’s at Marsh Mills and they shared the stage with the Plymouth Music Of The Night choir on Saturday 17th December in Methodist Central Hall, Plymouth for a spectacular Christmas concert. The band rounded off this years PMEH Musicality concert earlier this month with a fantastic performance that had the audience on their feet.

Venue:

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

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Rehearsals:

Wednesday evenings in term times 17:30 – 19.00

Contacts:

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.