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Armonico Academy Choir

Description

Do you love singing? 

AC Academy Coventry is a Youth Choir open to all Coventry children aged 7-18. We rehearse every Wednesday at St Mary and St Benedict Primary school, from 4.15-5.30pm. Sessions cost £1 and singers have regular opportunities to sing at prestigious venues and abroad (we are touring to Belgium in July 2020). The Junior choir is for children up to Y6, and the Senior choir is for Y7 upwards.

Age range

7-18

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Beginner Strings Group

Description

This is our new beginner group for strings players. Contact us for more information or to register your interest.

All new members will need to complete an enrolment form on joining. The easiest way is here online here.

Age range

7+

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City Band

Description

Tutors from Coventry Music work with young players who join the City Band from about Grade 2 standard.

With a reputation for giving concerts of a high standard, with a wide variety of pieces, the City Band offers players great performance opportunities at venues such as Warwick Arts Centre and the Belgrade Theatre.

From original works to arrangements ranging from classical to pop, this vibrant ensemble is committed to extending the playing experience to an advanced level. 

Age range

10+

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Community Winds

Description

This is a new invitation only band formed to perfrom at venues and events across Coventry.

For more details contact Mark Allison at Coventry Music

Age range

11+

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Coventry Jazz Ensemble

Description

Do you love Jazz music?

Swing, blues, rock and pop are all part of the musical fare for the Jazz Orchestra.

In a standard big band line up of trumpets, saxophones and trombones supported with a rhythm section of drums, bass, keyboard and rhythm guitar, the Jazz Orchestra takes players from Grade 4.  

Young players explore the world of improvisation with repertoire from ‘laid back’ ballads to ‘up tempo’ dance numbers.

With performances at Warwick Arts Centre, the Belgrade Theatre, the Godiva Festival and Coventry Motofest, the band is known for being exciting and uplifting.

Age range

Age 11-18

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Coventry String Orchestra

Description

The String Orchestra is a friendly group for young string players learning violin, viola, cello or double bass.  

Members are from a range of primary and secondary schools, and are all between ‘nearly beginner’ up to Grade 3.  At break time we play a game, making our orchestra a friendly and happy group!

Age range

Age 7+

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Fretworks Guitar group

Description

Guitar students learn to improvise and compose as well as performing and listening critically to a variety of genres. They learn something of the history of the instrument and the music they are playing, and are given opportunities to perform at regular concerts in prestigious venues such as the Belgrade Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre and Coventry Cathedral.

This group is also a great opportunity to learn other fretted instruments such as mandolin, ukulele and bass guitar, and progress their learning to a higher level.

Our guitar groups will get the opportunity to perform at live venues and will come together to perform twice a year at our showcase events.

Watch us in action here: video 1, video 2, video 3

Age range

7+

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Live on Stage

Description

Allowing young musicians to form Rock Bands, develop songwriting skills, learn about the music industry and take part in live performances.  

Full course details can be found here

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Melody Makers

Description

A wind and Brass band for all beginners - Key Stage 2 and above. New members all welcome come along and have a trial lesson with us, we would love to see you.

Age range

Age 8-11

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Musical Mixtures Wind & Brass Band

Description

Do you...?

  •    play a woodwind or brass instrument
  •    enjoy making music with others
  •    want to play a wide range of music from classical to pop
  •    love to be part of exciting performances at venues including The Belgrade Theatre

If this sounds like you, why not come along for a taster session and have a go. Don't worry if you don't have your own instrument - you will be able to borrow one when you're here.

Age range

8-11

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Regional Strings Orchestra

Description

An exciting new ensemble in partnership with the music services of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire is launching on Friday 20th September 2019.

This new ensemble will be directed by Mr Alex Laing, Artistic Director (music) at the King's High School in Warwick who also acts as coach and conductor of the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain, and course director and conductor for the National Youth String Orchestra of Great Britain.

The Orchestra will also recieve support from a range of partners including the Warwick Schools' Foundation.

The Regional Strings Orchestra will form the core of the brand new Regional Youth Orchestra to be launched in January 2020 with a two day course at the University of Warwick Arts Centre in January.

Full details of this ensemble include how to join can be found here.

 

Age range

7+

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Regional Youth Orchestra

Description

Regional Youth Orchestra

The music services of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire are delighted to invite students to take part in a brand new high quality orchestral experience.

The new Regional Orchestra is intended for high quality young musicians up to the age of 19 and we expect that woodwind, brass and percussion players will be of Grade 7 standard or above.

The new Regional Orchestra will meet for three non-residential weekend courses and we are delighted to be working in partnership with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the Warwick Arts Centre and the Warwick Schools Foundation.

First Regional Orchestra weekend course Directed by Alexander Walker January 4th/5th 2020 University of Warwick Arts Centre with a major concert on Sunday 5th January in the Butterworth Hall.All students will attend a concert by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain on Saturday 4th January.

Second Regional Orchestra weekend course Directed by Alex Laing February 22nd/23rd 2020 University of Warwick Arts Centre with a major concert on Sunday 23rd February in the Butterworth Hall.

Third Regional Orchestra weekend course Directed by Richard Laing June 27th/28th 2020 Warwick School with a major concert in Warwick Hall on Sunday 28th June.

To apply for a place, you will need to fill in the Regional Orchestra Application Form which can be found at the link below

Regional Orchestra Application Form

The weekend course fee is £50, however for any students who are members of any music service ensemble then the course fee is only £25.

Our aim is to give as many students as possible a high-quality orchestral experience. Please feel free to apply for one, two or all three courses. We will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm if you have been successful.

Timetable for the courses will be confirmed on acceptance but will be similar to: 
• 10.00 registration 
• Rehearsals throughout the day with appropriate breaks
• To finish at 5.00pm on the Saturday ( except for January 4th ) 
• Sunday evening performance 6.00 – 8.00pm 
• Students will be supervised at all times by music staff from the three music services of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire. 
• Students should bring food and drink sufficient for the day to include lunch and tea.

Our Guest Conductors Alexander Walker - January 4th/5th 
2020 Alexander is a regular guest conductor with orchestras throughout the world. In the UK, he has conducted the BBC Philharmonic (broadcasting on BBC Radio 3), City of London Sinfonia, the New Queens Hall Orchestra and recently made his debut with the English Chamber Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall. In recent years, he has also been developing a relationship with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Alex Laing - February 22nd/23rd 2020 
Alex is a violinist, conductor, teacher and writer on music. He is Artistic Director (Music) at the King’s High School in Warwick, coaches and conducts for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain and teaches at the Royal College of Music in the Junior Department. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra.

Richard Laing – June 27th/28th 2020 
Richard is a conductor, violinist and writer of remarkable versatility. He is sought after as a conductor of opera, ballet and orchestral concerts and is one of the UK’s foremost choral directors. In an age of increasing specialisation, Richard is a true polymath bringing a wide range of knowledge and influences to his music-making.

 

Age range

7+

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Sing! Pop Up Choir

Description

Sing! is a pop up vocal harmony choir that provides quality singing experiences & high profile performance opportunities.

We meet several times a year, most often during the school holidays.

We also get the chance to perform at events, including the Godiva Festival.

Last year our theme was Rock and Pop, this year it is Rock the Musicals.

Watch this space and our events page for our next rehearsal.

Here are some photos from our most recent workshop and a link to some of the performance videos from last year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtUkGd6cuXM 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j90mwqoOlRI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaMniVTTl80

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CXHJlwEpaE

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Focused on learning new songs at October 2019 rehearsal

sing workshop oct 19 small 2

Loving the theme of Rock the Musicals at October 2019 rehearsal

 
godiva 2019 sing choir

 

The Sing! Choir performing live at the Godiva Festival 2019 in the Paradise Tent

 

Age range

7 - 18

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Soundlab

Description

Coventry's Centre for Creative Music Making

SoundLab is a new Centre for Creative Music Making with our first centre opening in Coventry in partnership with Positive Youth Foundation, Coventry Music and Coventry City Council. The vision is to create a space for young people to be creative in their music making, open to all, seeking diversity in: musical genre; pathway to music; instruments; vocal styles and culture. Removing the barriers to enable all who wish to engage the opportunity to do so.SoundLab-Cov is for 10-16 year olds who have a range of musical interests and styles including spoken word, dance, electronic, jazz, classical, and more.

It is open to young people who play an instrument, create digital beats/music and those who sing, rap or create spoken word.

At SoundLab-Cov you'll work with a team of professional musicians, with guest artists and performance opportunities across the year.

For more information contact us at soundlab@bcu.ac.uk or music@coventry.gov.uk

or click here to join

Age range

10-16 at time of joining

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Ukulele Group

Description

We will be launching a new ukulele group in October 2019. 

This group is for pupils aged 7+ who enjoy playing the ukulele and want to build on their skills and try some new ones.  It is suitable for beginners and established players as we can cater for all abilities and challenge everyone at their level.

All new members will need to complete an registration form. The easiest way is online here.

 

Here are some photos from our launch event workshop in October 2019

ukulele workshop oct 19

 

ukulele workshop oct 19 2

 

 

Age range

7+

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