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The Broxbourne School
Badgers Walk

EN10 7FU

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01992 556698

Music Development Lead: Catherine Wild

Regional Manager: Peter Foster

Business Manager: Anita Forrest


From September 2024 the Broxbourne Music Centre will have merged with Hertford Music Centre and be known as East Herts Music Centre.

The same quality and musical opportunities will still be available; please email us if you have any questions.

Office hours (term time only)

  • Mon–Wed, 3.15pm–6.30pm

  • Thurs and Fri – closed

Tracy Pardue is available between 3pm–6.30pm by telephone and email: 01992 556698 and

  • Saturday, 9am–12pm

  • Sunday – closed.

What's on

Monday - Wednesday

  • Individual lessons in Violin, Viola, Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Piano and Drums.


5pm - 5.45pm

String Ensemble, Grade 1 - 4

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5.45pm- 6.45pm

Windband, Grade 1 - 5

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6pm - 7.30pm

East Herts Youth Orchestra, Grade 5 and upwards

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Saturday morning music school made up of the following groups in Junior Make Music and Senior Make Music

  • 8.45am–9.15am      Beginner, Preliminary and Senior Recorder Ensembles

  • 9.15am–9.45am      Theory and Junior Music Group

  • 9.45am–10am      Break for all

  • 10am–10.30am      Junior and Senior Choir 

10.30am–11am      All String Players and Wind Ensemble

Find out more about our groups



Individual lessons

  • Brass
  • Drums
  • Strings: violin and viola
  • Theory
  • Woodwind: recorder, flute, oboe, clarinet and saxophone
  • Piano

Costs per term

  • Junior Make Music (3 musical elements) £79.00 per term
  • Senior Make Music (4 musical elements) £99.00 per term
  • Please ring the Music Centre as detailed above to clarify costs and groups set up

Some families can get help with music fees.

Attending your lessons or group

Things to bring to lessons:

  • instrument (where required), music and pencil
  • a drink
  • brass players should bring a rag to empty water keys onto and a plastic bag to put the dirty rag in for washing at home.

Drop-off and pick-up

Please drop your child outside the centre. Please stay outside when your child enters and leaves the building.

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About our groups

All groups work with experienced staff to develop their instrumental skills through listening and playing as part of an ensemble. They rehearse a wide variety of music, and give regular concerts.


Beginner and intermediate (Saturdays, 8.45am–9.15am)

  • Our beginner group is for children who have never played before.
  • They are taught the basics of recorder playing and they begin to read music. 
  • The preliminary group has the opportunity to take music medal exams and the intermediate group introduces children to playing the treble and tenor recorders.

 Advanced recorders (Saturdays, 10.45am-11.15am)

  • For players at grade 3 or above.
  • The group uses the full range of recorders from sopranino to bass. 
  • They explore a wide repertoire from early music to arrangements of popular songs from films and musicals. 
  • This group develops skills in ensemble playing.


  • Saturdays, 9.15am–9.45am.
  • For players or singers who need help and practice at the various tests set in theory exams.
  • All levels are taught from grades 1-5.
  • A pass at grade 5 is required for entry to practical exams at grade 6 and above.  

Junior music group

  • Saturdays, 9.15am–9.45am.
  • For children aged 5-11.
  • A foundation for musical progression through work with percussion instruments, songs and recorders.
  • Each term has a set theme and the children explore music through playing recorders, pitched and un-pitched percussion instruments and song. 

  • Theory is included at appropriate levels.  


Junior and choir (Saturdays, 10.00am–10.30am)

  • For younger singers to develop their voices and to learn to read music.
  • The children sing a wide variety of music and action songs. 

Senior choir (Saturdays, 10.00am–10.30am)

  • For intermediate singers to explore their voices through pop songs and songs from films and shows.
  • Students will explore singing in parts.  


Intermediate wind ensemble (Saturdays, 10.30-11.00am)

  • For wind players at grade 2 or above. 
  • The group explores a wide range of repertoire from film music to well-known classics. 
  • It provides excellent ensemble training as well as the experience required for players to progress on to Concert Band or Youth Orchestra. 

Junior String Ensemble (Saturdays, 10.30am–11.00am)

  • For children from beginner level to grade 3
  • To explore playing within an ensemble.
  • Violin, viola, cello and double bass are welcome.
  • Students develop skills in sight-reading which also helps them achieve better results in graded music examinations. 

Senior String Ensemble (Saturdays, 10.30am-11.00am)

Friday night ensembles

East Herts Youth Orchestra (Fridays, 6am–7.30pm)

  • For all instrumental players at grade 5 and above.
  • The group plays a range of repertoire from classical to pop medleys.
  • The group is also a platform from which to join wider county activities including Hertfordshire Schools Symphony Orchestra and County Youth Orchestra.  

String Ensemble with Sam Slade

For string players Grade 1 to Grade 4 standard. 

  • Friday, 5pm-5.40pm

Wind Band with Matt Smith

For woodwind, brass, guitar, keyboard and percussion players at grade 1 to grade 5.

  • Friday, 5.45pm–6.45pm

For more information on any of these groups, email







Each group gives a performance at the end of each term. Either at The Broxbourne School or at other local venues.

Occasionally, we also arrange Performance Platform Concerts for those having individual lessons so that students can perform to a small and friendly audience, which helps them with exam preparation.