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Monday
New WoodwindMr Kelly Mrs Norton 5.15pm – 6.30pm
Brass EnsembleMr Reid5.15pm – 6.30pm
Concert BandMr Brailsford6.30pm – 8.30pm
Wednesday
New StringsMrs Walters5.30pm – 7.00pm
Guitar GroupMr Moffatt6.00pm – 7.00pm
Percussion EnsembleMr Craner5.15pm – 6.30pm
Steel Pan GroupMr Craner6.30pm – 7.45pm
Friday
Youth Wind OrchestraMr Brailsford6.30pm – 8.45pm

Tuesday
TheoryMr Manley5.30pm – 7.30pm
Junior Concert BandMr Reid6.00pm – 7.45pm
Thursday
Early StringsMrs Dyall5.30pm – 6.30pm
String OrchestraMr Edwards6.45pm – 8.15pm
Azaad Dhol GroupMr Singh, Mr Bains 6.15pm – 8.45pm
Saturday
Concert OrchestraMr Manley9.15am – 12.00pm
Youth OrchestraMr Morgan9.00am – 12.00pm

Azaad Dhol Group
The group rehearses every Thursday in term time from 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Dhol, Dholak, Tabla, Harmonium!
Azaad – ‘Freedom’

The Azaad Dhol Group is more than the title suggests.  Showing the colours and sounds of Bhangra Beats, the Dhol is the main instrument taught from beginners to advanced, but the group also mixes tuition on folk instruments from the Punjub e.g. Dholak, Tabla and Harmonium into it’s work.

Performing all over Wolverhampton, across the region and the wider UK as well an appearance on BBC Children In Need. It is led by Harjit Singh with Arron Bains as coach. To  diverse and vibrant group every Thursday evening at Music School.

The group has inclusion as a central goal and is very keen to invite and involve girls and boys of all ages.

Contact us for more information.

Guitar Ensemble
The group rehearses on Wednesdays 6.00pm – 7.00pm at the Music School

This Guitar Group rehearses a wide range of pieces arranged for classical guitar; from flamenco to film themes, from blues and ragtime to the masters of classical guitar such as Carulli and Giuliani. Learn to play together in a group and enjoy a fun, social experience that involves regular concert opportunities.

The group is for classical guitar players who have been playing for around a year, rather than complete beginners. If you are unsure whether this group is for you, please contact us and ask for Mr Moffatt.

Strings

Calling all string players. Whatever your level of playing, there is an ensemble for you, from open strings through to post Grade 8. Click below to find out more.

Early Strings – Thursday 5.30pm – 6.30pm

For newer players up to Grade 1 standard.  Start your group playing journey with Conductor Mrs Dyall & Mr Edwards  The group rehearses on a Thursday evening, 5.30pm – 6.30pm at The Music School.

New Strings – Wednesday 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Once you are playing music of around Grade 1 standard it may be time to join New Strings with conductor Mrs Walters and Mrs Barratt. The group rehearses on Wednesdays 5.30pm – 7.00pm.

String Orchestra – Thursday 6.45pm – 8.15pm

As you get more advanced the challenge increases with the String Orchestra. Conductor Mr Edwards Mrs Dyall rehearse this group on a Thursdays 6.45pm – 8.15pm.

Concert Orchestra – Saturday 9.15am – 12.00pm

This group has the full range of orchestral instruments. Get together with the woodwind, brass and percussion and start to tackle full orchestral works. Mr Manley will take you through music from John Williams’ Jurassic Park to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Dance of the Tumblers. Saturday mornings 9.15am – 12.00pm.

Youth Orchestra – Saturday 9.00am – 12.00pm

As you reach the higher grades it is  time to audition for the Youth Orchestra conducted by Mr Morgan to develop your instrumental skills even further and take advantage of the fantastic opportunities on offer including tours abroad. See Youth Orchestra tab for more information.

Membership is FREE and all rehearsals take place at Wolverhampton Music School, Graiseley Hill, Wolverhampton, WV2 4NE.  Contact us if you require more information.

Youth Orchestra
Youth Orchestra – Saturday 9.00am – 12.00pm

Join our Conductor Mr Morgan and the team of sectional coaches to learn how to perform as a symphony orchestra. Challenge yourself to learn exciting repertoire from all periods. The Youth Orchestra & Youth Wind Orchestra provide fantastic opportunities for students who have achieved a high degree of skill on their chosen instrument. Both ensembles deliver prestigious and exciting concerts both in the UK and on tour abroad.

The group meets every Saturday.

Brass
Brass Ensemble – Monday 5.15pm – 6.30pm

This beginner ensemble is perfect once you have grasped the art of playing and reading 5 notes!  Mr Reid will show how to play in a larger group and open up opportunities for you as a brass player.

Junior Concert Band – Tuesday 6.00pm – 7.45pm

Play your brass instrument with the woodwind and percussion in this wind band group.  For players of Grades 2-4 standard.  Mr Reid conducts this group every Tuesday during term time.

Concert Band – Monday 6.30pm  – 8.30pm

Like Junior concert band with even more challenge, for players Grades 4-6 standard.  Meet Mr Brailsford every Monday.

Concert Orchestra – Saturday 9.15am – 12.00pm

This group has the full range of orchestral instruments.  Woodwind, strings, brass and percussion join together  to tackle full orchestral works.  Mr Manley will take you through music from John Williams’ Jurassic Park to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Dance of the Tumblers.  Saturday mornings 9.15am-12.00.

Youth Wind Orchestra – Friday 6.30pm – 8.45pm

The ultimate challenge for wind players in this wind band.  Mr Brailsford introduces you to the wide range of repertoire and opens the door to new experiences.  See Youth Wind Orchestra for information.

Youth Orchestra – Saturday 9.00am – 12.00pm

As you reach the higher grades it is probably time to consider auditioning for the Youth Orchestra and the opportunities it brings. See Youth Orchestra for more information.

Membership is FREE and all rehearsals take place at Wolverhampton Music School, Graiseley Hill, Wolverhampton, WV2 4NE. Contact us if you require more information.

Percussion
Percussion Ensemble – Wednesday 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Being a percussionist is not just playing a kit!

Join this group to learn how to perform a wider range of percussion instruments from the marimba to the congas. Mr Craner instructs this group.

Steel Pans – Wednesday 6.30pm – 7.45pm

Join a group with a taste for the Caribbean. Learn to play arrangements of popular songs with Mr Craner. Every Wednesday.

Woodwind
New Woodwind – Monday 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Our beginner woodwind group is for those who have reached their Grade 1 level. Flutes, clarinets, oboes and bassoons take the first steps to playing in a group with Mr Kelly & Mrs Norton. Rehearsals are on a Monday 5.15pm – 6.30pm.

Junior Concert Band – Tuesday 6.00pm – 7.45pm

Play your woodwind instrument with the brass and percussion in this wind band group. For players of Grades 2-4 standard.  Mr Reid conducts this group every Tuesday during term time.

Concert Band – Monday 6.30pm  – 8.30pm

Like Junior Concert Band with even more challenge, for players Grades 4-6 standard. Meet Mr Brailsford every Monday.

Concert Orchestra – Saturday 9.15am – 12.00pm

This group has the full range of orchestral instruments. Woodwind, strings, brass and percussion join together  to tackle full orchestral works. Mr Manley will take you through music from John Williams’ Jurassic Park to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Dance of the Tumblers.  Saturday mornings 9.15am-12.00.

Youth Wind Orchestra – Friday 6.30pm – 8.45pm

The ultimate challenge for wind players in a wind band. Mr Brailsford introduces to you the wide range of repertoire and opens the door to new experiences.  See Youth Wind Orchestra for information.

Youth Orchestra – Saturday 9.00am – 12.00pm

As you reach the higher grades it is probably time to consider auditioning for the Youth Orchestra under our new conductor Tim Morgan. See Youth Orchestra for more information.

Membership is FREE and all rehearsals take place at Wolverhampton Music School, Graisely Hill, Wolverhampton, WV2 4NE. Contact us if you require more information.

Flute Choir

The flute choir meet and rehearse occasionally for special events. The occasion pictured is one of our regular Friday lunchtime Art Gallery Concerts. If you are interested in the Flute Choir please ask your woodwind teacher for further details. If you are a soloist or member of an ensemble in Wolverhampton and would like details how you/your ensemble could take part in the Art Gallery concerts please e-mail KSandland@cloudw.co.uk for details

Youth Wind Orchestra
A message from the conductor

The YWO plays a variety of music at a high level of difficulty. Works by Bliss, Arnold, Wulfenden,Brahms and Ireland are currently being rehearsed. Original works for Wind Band are also played each year. The YWO gives three concerts over the course of the year in Wolverhampton and then performs abroad on our summer music tour.

Rehearsals include sectional time when the more challenging parts of the music are played in brass, woodwind and percussion groups. The full group then puts the various parts together in full ensemble rehearsals.

The YWO works very hard and a real team spirit is encouraged within the group this helps to develop musicianship and friendship.

The quality of performance is very important as is the fun found in working together over an extended period of time.

If you are interested you will need to audition. Ask current members of the group at your school if you want to find out more.

Ian Brailsford-Conductor YWO

Progression within Ensembles 2018-19

Instrument Family Beginner Level →
← Advanced Level
 
Brass Brass Ensemble Junior Concert Band Concert Band Youth Wind Orchestra *
Concert Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Guitar Guitar Ensemble   Concert Band (Bass) Youth Wind Orchestra (Bass)
Rockschool Holiday courses – Easter and Summer
Percussion Junior Concert Band Concert Band Youth Wind Orchestra
Percussion Ensemble
Harmonium/Tabla /Dhol Azaad Dhol Group
Steel Pans Percussion Ensemble  
Strings Early Strings New Strings String
Orchestra
Concert Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Woodwind New Woodwind Junior Concert Band Concert Band Youth Wind Orchestra
Concert Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Voice ‘Sing for Summer’  
‘Singing in the Rain’  
Rockschool Holiday courses – Easter and Summer
WYMT (Wolverhampton Youth Music Theatre)
* Regional and National organisations CBSO Youth orchestra/ NYO/ NCO/ NYJO  
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