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Monday
New WoodwindMr Kelly 5.15pm – 6.30pm
New BrassMr Reid5.15pm – 6.30pm
Concert BandMr Lock
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Wednesday
New StringsMrs Walters5.30pm – 7.00pm
Classical Guitar EnsembleMr Moffatt5.30pm – 6.30pm
Rock and Pop Band NightMr Craner, Mr Pardesi, Mr Moffatt5.30pm – 7.30pm
Friday
Youth Wind OrchestraMr Brailsford6.30pm – 8.45pm
Jazz Big Band Mr Lock 5.15pm - 6.15 pm

Tuesday
TheoryMrs Roberts6.00pm – 7.45pm
Junior Concert BandMr Reid6.00pm – 7.45pm
Fusion FivesMrs Adams 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Wolverhampton Youth Choir Aimee Fisher & Phaedra Nicholls5.30pm - 7.00pm
Thursday
Early StringsMrs Dyall5.30pm – 6.30pm
String OrchestraMr Edwards6.45pm – 8.15pm
Azaad Dhol GroupMr Singh6.30pm – 8.30pm
Saturday
Concert OrchestraMrs Roberts9.15am – 12.00pm
Youth OrchestraMr Morgan9.15am – 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. This diverse and vibrant group meets 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.

Guitars
Guitar Ensemble Wednesdays 5.30pm – 6.30pm 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.

Jazz/Big Band – Friday 5.15pm – 6.15pm

This ensemble which meets under the direction of Mr Lock is for more advanced woodwind and brass players with opportunities for guitarists, bass, precussion/kit players with an interest in Big band/Jazz.

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. Mrs Roberts 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
Youth Orchestra – Saturday 9.00am – 12.00pm

Join our Conductor Mr Morgan and the team of sectional coaches to learn how to perform in a full 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
New Brass – 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 Lock 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.  Mrs Roberts will take you through music from John Williams’ Jurassic Park to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Dance of the Tumblers.  Saturday mornings 9.15am-12.00.

Jazz/Big Band – Friday 5.15pm – 6.15pm

This ensemble which meets under the direction of Mr Lock is for more advanced woodwind and brass players with opportunities for guitarists, bass, precussion/kit players with an interest in Big band/Jazz.

Percussion

There are lots of opportunities to play percussion in our music school ensembles including our orchestras, bands and youth wind orchestra as well as our rock and pop bands.  Please ask your percussion teacher for details or e-mail us at the music school for further details.

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. 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 Lock 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. Mrs Roberts will take you through music from John Williams’ Jurassic Park to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Dance of the Tumblers.  Saturday mornings 9.15am-12.00.

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.

Jazz/Big Band – Friday 5.15pm – 6.15pm

This ensemble which meets under the direction of Mr Lock is for more advanced woodwind and brass players with opportunities for guitarists, bass, precussion/kit players with an interest in Big band/Jazz.

 

 

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
Jazz Big Band
GUITAR Concert Band (Bass) Youth Wind Orchestra (Bass)
Rockschool Courses – Easter and Summer Holidays
Guitar Ensemble
Rock ‘n’ Pop
PERCUSSION Junior Concert Band Concert Band Youth Wind Orchestra
Concert Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Rock Band Rehearsal Night
INDIAN MUSIC Azaad Dhol Group – Dhol, Harmonium, Tabla
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
Jazz Big Band
VOICE Rockschool Holiday Courses – Easter and Summer
WYMT (Wolverhampton Youth Music Theatre)
Youth Choir
°° Fusion Fives
** Regional and National organisations CBSO Youth orchestra/ NYO/ NCO/ NYJO