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Birchwood High School
Parsonage Lane
Bishop's Stortford
CM23 5BD
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01992 555532

The telephone number will be operational for the following hours:

  • Monday 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 3.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Friday 3.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Saturday 8.30am - 1pm


bstortfordmusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Head of centre: peter.foster@hertsmusicservice.org.uk

 

 

What's on

Monday

  • 7–9pm – East Herts Concert Band (Our Area Band at Simon Balle School)

Friday

  • 4.30–5.00pm – Junior Brass
  • 5.30–6.30pm – Training Band
  • 7–9pm – East Youth Orchestra (our area Youth Orchestra at Simon Balle School).

Saturday morning music school (4-18 years)

  • 9–9.45am – junior music group (children 4 to 7 years old)
  • 9.15–9.45am – junior strings
  • 9.45–10.45am – senior wind band
  • 10–10.45am – senior strings
  • 11–11.45am – orchestra
  • 11–11.30am – flute choir

 

Individual lessons

  • Piano
  • Strings: violin and cello
  • Woodwind: recorder, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone
  • Brass: trumpet, cornet, French horn, trombone and tuba.

 

Summer term 2021

DateNumber of college days

Mon 12 April

Weekday lessons and groups restart

Sat 17 April

Saturday music groups restart

Mon 3 May

Bank holiday - closed

29 May - 6 June

Half term - no Saturday music groups / lessons or weekday lessons

Mon 7 June

Weekday lessons and groups restart

Sat 12 June

Saturday music groups restart

Sat 10 July

Summer concert starting at 11am

Sat 17 July

Centre closes at 1pm for summer holidays

 

 

Attending your lessons or group

Things to bring to lessons:

  • face covering
  • instrument (where required), music and diary
  • a drink
  • your own reeds (if you play a reed instrument).

Children should wear a face covering at all times until they're in their activity room.

 

Drop-off and pick-up

Please drop your child outside the centre by the white double doors around the back of the music department. Please stay outside when your child enters and leaves the building.

Scan the track and trace QR code when your child enters the building.

COVID-19 update

 

About our groups

Junior music group

  • Saturdays, 9–9.45am.
  • Musical adventures for children 4 to 7 years old!
  • We learn about music and movement, we sing and we play percussion instruments and start to learn the recorder (no previous musical experience needed).

 

Wind and brass bands

  • Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Includes some work as a large ensemble and some pieces in a variety of smaller groups.
  • We cater for wind and brass players of all different levels of experience.
  • We work with different combinations of instruments and genres, including chamber music.
  • Playing in a group helps you develop ensemble skills and orchestral discipline but, more than that, it gives the chance to have fun with music making.

 

Training band

  • Fridays, 5.30–6.15pm.
  • No experience necessary (grades 1-3).

 

Senior wind band

  • Saturdays, 9.45–10.45am.
  • Experience helpful but not essential (grades 4-8+).

 

Junior brass

  • Fridays, 4.30–5.00pm.
  • An opportunity for young players of approximately grade 5 standard upwards to explore a wide-ranging repertoire.
  • Suitable for children of secondary school age (grades 4+ for lower brass instruments).

 

Flute choir

  • Saturdays, 11–11.30am
  • The flute choir (for players of grade3+) has fun with music for flutes for three parts, up to full flute choir repertoire which gives players the opportunity to share parts with others or learn to hold a line on their own.
  • We work on musical skills such as communication, leadership and tuning. Players also have the opportunity to play alto flute and piccolo.

 

Orchestra

  • Saturdays, 11–11.45am
  • Must be a member of a senior group

 

String groups

  • For violin, viola, cello and double bass players. We play everything from Baroque to jazz, with everything in between. We have more than a bit of fun along the way too!
  • These groups provide an excellent opportunity to develop ensemble skills, orchestral discipline and sight-reading.

 

Junior string group

  • Saturdays, 9.15–9.45am
  • No experience necessary (grades 1-3)

 

Senior string group

  • Saturdays, 10–10.45am
  • Ensemble experience essential (grades 3-8+)

 

Orchestra

  • Saturdays, 11–11.45am
  • Must be a member of a senior group.

 

 

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