Parents & Pupils

Ensembles
Monday
New Brass Mr Reid 5.00pm - 6.30pm
New WoodwindMr Kelly 5.00pm - 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 NightMessrs Craner, Pardesi & Moffatt5.30pm – 7.30pm
Friday
Youth Wind OrchestraMr Brailsford5.30pm – 7.45pm
Jazz Big Band Mr Lock 5.15pm - 6.15pm
Tuesday
TheoryMrs Roberts6.00pm – 7.30pm
Fusion FivesMrs Adams Mrs Barratt5.00pm - 6.00pm
Wolverhampton Youth Choir Phaedra Nicholls5.30pm - 7.00pm
Thursday
Early StringsMrs Dyall 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Concert String OrchestraMr Edwards6.45pm – 8.15pm
Bhangra Fusion Percussion Mr Singh6.30pm – 8.30pm
Saturday
Youth OrchestraMr Morgan Mrs Roberts9.15am – 12.00pm
Bhangra Fusion Percussion Ensemble
The group rehearses every Thursday in term time from 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Dhol, Dholak, Tabla, Harmonium

Bhangra Fusion Percussion Ensemble   

Showing the colours and sounds of Bhangra Fusion Beats, the Dhol is the main instrument taught from beginners to advance. The group also mixes tuition on folk instruments  from the Punjab e.g. Dholak, Tabla and Harmonium into it’s work as well as modern fusion.

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.

Fusion Fives Tuesdays 5-6pm

 

Strings  For beginners who can play five notes to Grade 1 (or open strings & first fingers for string players)

Woodwind, Guitar Keyboard & Brass  (players who can fluently play 5 notes up to Grade 1)

Percussion  (for beginners to Grade 1​)

Mrs Adams and Mrs Barratt will welcome you to this group, where you’ll get to play with a wide range of other instruments including brass, woodwind, keyboard and percussion.

 

 

Percussion

Fusion Fives Tuesdays 5-6pm

Percussion  (for beginners to Grade 1​)  Mrs Adams and Mrs Barratt will welcome you to this group, where you’ll get to play with a wide range of other instruments including brass, woodwind, keyboard and percussion.

All our Ensembles 

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
Fusion Fives Tuesdays 5-6pm

Woodwind,  players who can fluently play 5 notes up to Grade 1

Mrs Adams and Mrs Barratt will welcome you to this group, where you’ll get to play with a wide range of other instruments including brass, woodwind, keyboard and percussion.

New Woodwind
 Monday 5.15pm – 6.30pm

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

Concert Wind Band
 Monday 6.30pm  – 8.30pm 

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 

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 Orchestra
Saturday 9.00am – 12.00pm

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.

Brass
Fusion Fives
Tuesdays 5-6pm

Brass  players who can fluently play 5 notes up to Grade 1

Mrs Adams and Mrs Barratt will welcome you to this group, where you’ll get to play with a wide range of other instruments including brass, woodwind, keyboard and percussion.

New Brass
 Monday 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Our New Brass group is for those who are between grade 1-3 . All Brass players experience  playing in a group with Mr Reid

Concert Wind Band
 Monday 6.30pm  – 8.30pm 

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.

Jazz/Big Band
Friday 5.15pm – 6.15pm 

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.

 

 

Guitars
Fusion Fives

Tuesdays 5-6pm Guitar players who can fluently play 5 notes up to Grade 1.  Mrs Adams and Mrs Barratt will welcome you to this group, where you’ll get to play with a wide range of other instruments including brass, woodwind, keyboard and percussion.

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.

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.

Fusion Fives 

Tuesdays 5-6pm

Strings  For beginners who can play five notes to Grade 1 (or open strings & first fingers for string players) Mrs Adams and Mrs Barratt will welcome you to this group, where you’ll get to play with a wide range of other instruments including brass, woodwind, keyboard and percussion.

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

New Strings 
Wednesday 5.30pm – 7.00pm

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 development playing lots of interesting and fun music.

Concert String Orchestra Orchestra 
Thursdays 6.45-8.15pm

A new group for 2021 The concert string orchestra is for players grade 3-5. Conducted 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 Choir
Youth Choir Singers/vocalists Tuesdays 5.30 – 7.00pm

This is your opportunity to perfrom a wide and diverse repertoire of voval music including pop,show, gospel – al styles of music. Among your coaches is Phaedra Nicholls a superb vocalist and tutor much in demand throughout the Midlands  and beyond.

Youth Wind Orchestra
Youth Wind Orchestra

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

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Progression within Ensembles 2021-22

Instrument Family Beginner Level →
← Advanced Level
BRASS New Brass Concert Wind Band Youth Wind Orchestra
Youth Orchestra
Jazz Big Band
GUITAR Concert Wind Band Youth Wind Orchestra (Bass)
Rockschool Courses (Easter and Summer Holidays)
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Rock ‘n’ Pop Bands
PERCUSSION Concert Wind Band Youth Wind Orchestra
Youth Orchestra
Rock ‘n’ Pop Bands
INDIAN MUSIC  Bhangra, Fusion Percussion Ensemble  (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 Holidays)
WYMT (Wolverhampton Youth Music Theatre)
Youth Choir
BEGINNERS
AT PRIMARY
Fusion Fives
ADVANCED
PLAYERS
Regional and National organisations CBSO Youth orchestra/ NYO/ NCO/ NYJO