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Beginner String Group

Description

This is a fun group for beginner string players, you can join from when you are just playing open strings and the group goes up to grade 2.

Any children learning violin, viola, cello or double bass can enrol and you’re welcome to contact us and come for a trial session if you’d like to try the group out. Contact us for more information or to register your interest.

All new members will need to complete an enrolment form on joining the group; the easiest way to do that is online here.

Age range

7+

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Coventry String Orchestra

Description

The String Orchestra is a friendly and ambitious ensemble for string players (violin, viola, cello or double bass).  

Members are drawn from a range of primary and secondary schools in the city, and are at levels from grade 2 to grade 6.

Repertoire is varied, from Baroque favourites to Classical and Romantic pieces and including some film music and other arrangements. It’s a great ensemble to join to improve your sight-reading, as well as develop your ensemble skills and we play regular live concerts both as a group and as part of the larger Coventry Music concert series.

All new members will need to complete an enrolment form on joining the group; the easiest way to do that is online here.

Age range

Age 9+

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Creative Sounds Inclusive Group

Description

A creative music-making  ensemble for young people aged 7+ with additional needs and disabilities.

Fill in an all about me form to register your interest and return to cbatty@solmus.solgrid.org.uk

For an inclusive easy-to-read poster click here

 

 

Age range

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

See our promo video for online meetings here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4VaMdEtDyI

Age range

7+

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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.

If you would like to join our band and enjoyed your taster session then we need all members to complete a registration form which can be found on our website. We have an online version, or a ddownloadable one which can be emailed back to us or given to your group leader.

If you will also be borrowing an instrument to practice on then you will need to complete this loan form.

Age range

8-11

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Regional String 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 receive support from a range of partners including the Warwick Schools' Foundation.

The Regional String 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.

Applications can be made at www.warwickshiremusichub.org.

Please note The rehearsals are taking place at Kings High so parents need to select Kings High on the school option when registering.

 

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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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.

 

Age range

7+

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