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Monday
New WoodwindMr Kelly 5.15pm – 6.30pm
Concert Wind 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
Fusion FivesMrs Adams 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Wolverhampton Youth Choir Aimee Fisher & Phaedra Nicholls5.30pm - 7.00pm
Thursday
Early StringsMrs Dyall5.30pm – 6.30pm
Concert String OrchestraMr Edwards6.45pm – 8.15pm
Azaad Dhol GroupMr Singh6.30pm – 8.30pm
Saturday
Youth OrchestraMr Morgan/Mrs Roberts9.15am – 12.00pm

Azaad Dhol Group
The group rehearses every Thursday in term time from 6.30pm to 8.30pm (To be confirmed)

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 (To be confirmed)

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.

Rock ‘n’ Pop Bands (Wednesday evenings times to be confirmed)  Join Mr Craner, Mr Moffat and Mr Pardesi to work in bands developing your instrumental/vocal and group skills for contemporary pop/rock performances 

Jazz/Big Band – Friday 5.15pm – 6.15pm (To be confirmed)

This occasional 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 (To be confirmed)

For newer players up to Grade 1 standard.  Start your group playing journey with Conductor Mrs Dyall & Mr Edwards  

New Strings – Wednesday 5.30pm – 7.00pm (To be confirmed)

Once you are playing music of around Grade 1-3 standard it is time to join New strings with Mrs Walters where she will continue your journey in orchestral devekopment playing lots of interesting and fun music.

Concert String Orchestra Orchestra – Thursdays 6.45-8.15pm  (To be confirmed)

A new group for 2020/21 The concert string orcehstra is for players grade 3-5. Conducetd by Mr Edwards we look at Music in a wide variety of styles, Classical, shows, pop,Asian etc. and leads to membership of the Youth Orchestra 

Youth Orchestra
Youth Orchestra – Saturday 9.00am – 12.00pm (To be confirmed)

Join our Conductor Mr Morgan and associate conductor Mrs Roberts 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.

Youth Choir

Youth Choir Singers/vocalists Tuesdays 5.30 – 7.00pm (To be confirmed)

 This is your opportunity to perfrom a wide and diverse repertoire of voval music including pop,show, gospel – al styles of music. Your coaches are Aimee Fisher (experienced West End singer with a fantastic CV) and Phaedra Nicholls another superb vocalist and tutor much in demand thoughout the Midlands  and beyond. 

Brass
New Brass
Monday 5.15pm – 6.30pm (To be confirmed)    This ensemble is for grades 1-3 (approx)   Mr Reid will introduc you to the experience of playing in a larger group of musicians.
Concert Wind Band 
Monday 6.30pm  – 8.30pm (To be confirmed)  For players Grades 3-5 standard.  Your conductor is Mr Lock every Monday.This is our intermediate group that leads to membership of the Youth Wind & Youth Orchestras. 
Jazz/Big Band 
Friday 5.15pm – 6.15pm. (To be confirmed) This ensemble which meets under the direction of Mr Lock is an additional group that meets occasionally 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 (To be confirmed)

Our New woodwind group is for those who are between grade 1-3 . Flutes, clarinets, oboes and bassoons texperience  playing in a group with Mr Kelly. 

Concert Wind Band – Monday 6.30pm  – 8.30pm (To be confirmed)
This is our intermediate ensemble for Woodwind brass and Pecussion players Grades 3-6  standard. Mr Lock conducts CWO every Monday. It leads into membership of the Youth Wind Orchestra and Youth Orchestra. 
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 (To be confirmed)

This ensemble meets occasionally under the direction of Mr Lock and 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
Youth Wind Orchestra (Friday evenings to be confirmed)

The YWO plays a variety of music at a high level of difficulty. (Above grade 5) 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 Concert Wind Band   Youth Wind Orchestra **
  Youth Orchestra
Jazz Big Band
GUITAR   Concert Band (Bass) Youth Wind Orchestra (Bass)
Rockschool Courses – Easter and Summer Holidays
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Rock ‘n’ Pop
PERCUSSION Concert Wind Band    Youth Wind Orchestra
  Youth Orchestra
Rock Band Rehearsal Night
INDIAN MUSIC Azaad Dhol Group – Dhol, Harmonium, Tabla  
STRINGS Early Strings New Strings   Concert String
Orchestra
Youth Orchestra
WOODWIND New Woodwind   Concert Wind  Band Youth Wind 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