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Orchestras and Bands

After your child has been playing their instrument for a while, the best way to enhance their learning and enjoyment is for them to experience group music making.

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After your child has been playing their instrument for a while, the best way to enhance their learning and enjoyment is for them to experience group music making. Severn Arts runs a wide range of orchestras, bands and ensembles to take your child from beginner to virtuoso!

Our groups operate at three distinct levels:

Music Centre Ensembles

We run a range of ensembles at our four Music Centres, aimed at pupils who are around Grade 1 standard up to Grade 3. Membership is billed termly. The term in which you join is free of charge!

Music Centres are based in the following locations:

To apply for membership, please complete a Music Centre Ensemble Application Form. Please note that, for safeguarding and insurance purposes, forms must be received at our offices before your child can attend.

 

Severn Rocks

Severn Rocks runs sessions in Redditch and Evesham, offering young rock and pop musicians a place to meet, jam and form bands. Guided and supported by our skilled Severn Arts Team, students learn, write and perform music across a range of genres.

Membership is billed termly. The term in which you join is free of charge!

Severn Rocks meets in the following locations

  • Redditch – Birchensale Middle School, Tuesdays at 4.30pm
  • Evesham – The De Montfort High School, Wednesdays at 4pm
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    Intermediate Level Ensembles

    Members are expected to be Grade 4 or above (or the equivalent standard, without having taken grade exams). Entry to Intermediate Orchestras is by application (no audition required).

    Ensemble Name Venue Day Time
    Worcestershire Intermediate Orchestra (WIO) Pershore High School Saturday 10:00am – 12:30pm
    Worcestershire Intermediate Wind Orchestra (WIWO) Pershore High School Saturday 10:00am – 12:30pm
    Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra 2 (WYJO2) Fernhill Heath War Memorial Club Tuesday 6:00pm – 7.30pm

     

    Youth Level Ensembles

    This is our highest level, and members are expected to be Grade 6 or above (or the equivalent standard). These groups represent Worcestershire nationally and internationally at competitions, festivals and tours. Entry to Youth Level ensembles is by audition in the Summer Term.

    Ensemble Name Venue Day Time
    Worcestershire Youth Orchestra (WYO) Pershore High School Friday 6:30am – 9:00pm
    Worcestershire Youth Wind Orchestra (WYWO) Pershore High School Saturday 10:00am – 12:30pm
    Worcestershire Youth String Orchestra (WYSO) Christopher Whitehead Language College Tuesday 6:00pm – 7:30pm
    Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra (WYJO) Fernhill Heath War Memorial Club Tuesday 7:45pm – 9:45pm

     

    Subscriptions

    In order to achieve stability in our County ensembles, membership must be considered as annual, with subscriptions paid in three equal instalments.

    Assistance is available for Music Centre and County ensembles where there is financial hardship and full remission of the subscription will be provided for pupils receiving free school meals.

    For further information or any (confidential) enquiries with regard to fees please contact our office on 01905 425611.

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