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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.

 

Autumn term 2021

MonthDateDay(s)Event title

September

11th

Saturday

Saturday music groups restart

13th

Monday

Weekday lessons and groups restart

October

23rd - 31st

Saturday - Sunday

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

November

1st

Monday

Weekday lessons and groups restart

6th

Saturday

Saturday music groups restart

December

18th

Saturday

Christmas Concert and last day of term. Centre to close at 1.30pm

Spring term 2022

 Month Date Day(s) Event title

January

3rd

Monday

Weekday lessons and groups restart

8th

Saturday 

Saturday music groups restart 

February

12th - 20th

Saturday - Sunday

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

21st

Monday

Weekday lessons and groups restart

26th

Saturday

Saturday music groups restart

March

26th

Saturday

Evening Concert for Senior Windband, Orchestra and String Group - timings to be confirmed

30th

Wednesday

Centre closes at 7pm for Easter Holidays

Summer term 2022

 Month Date Day(s) Event title

April

19th

Tuesday 

Weekday lessons and groups restart 

23rd

Saturday 

Saturday music groups restart

May

3rd only 

Monday 

Bank Holiday - centre closed 

28th - 5th June

Saturday - Sunday 

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

June

6th

Monday 

Weekday lessons and groups restart 

11th

Saturday 

Saturday music groups restart 

July

9th

Saturday 

Summer Concert starting at 11am 

13th

Saturday

Centre closes at 7pm 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

When arriving at BSMC between Monday - Friday could pupils please entre BSMC through the main Birchwood School entrance and check in with our admin team.

On Saturday could pupils please go to the Sixth Form Centre and check in with our admin team there. Depending on what group/lesson you are attending on Saturday directions will be given.

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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