Groups and Ensembles

 Superstrings 
 Superstrings 
  • 8:55am to 9:40am.
    The children's ages range from about 6 to 12 years old. We emphasise training the players to follow/understand a conductor, basic orchestral bowing techniques, read music fluently and work as a section. We are lucky to have volunteers from some of our wonderful older players who come in to help them settle in.

 Phoenix Strings 
 Phoenix Strings 
  • 9:45am to 10:30am. Children up to 18yrs are welcome but a minimum age of 10yrs and previous orchestral experience is advised. Expected standard is approximately grade 5 to 8+. Good sight reading skills are essential.

 Chamber Music 
 Chamber Music 
  • Any time from 9:00 to 11:15
    Chamber groups are by invitation. The size of groups vary term to term in order to broaden our repertoire. Players are usually experienced orchestral players looking for a further challenge and will play one person to a part. We currently have 5 string chamber groups coached by 2 professional coaches. Participants are encouraged to learn their notes first so that they can work in more detail on musical detail and communication.

 Wind Band 
 Wind Band 
  • 10:35am to 11:05am.
    The wind Band is a new venture and already growing in numbers. We welcome any wind player from grade 1 plus. Being a small group means there is plenty of chance to ask questions and learn more.

 Amber Strings 
 Amber Strings  
  • 8:55am to 9:40am.
    An intermediate group for approximately grades 3 to 5+. We emphasise training the players to follow/understand a conductor, basic orchestral bowing techniques, read music fluently and work as a section.

 Choirs 
 Choirs 
  • We at the PBCMS all believe that your natural instrument is your own voice and all musicians (in fact everyone!) should have the chance to sing. Singing opportunities are therefore offered to all musicians in the larger groups within their usual rehearsal time.

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 Recorders 
 Recorder group -June 25 onwards 
  • Beginner recorder groups lessons coached by a professional player. 30 min sessions at ₤6 per week for suggested ages of 6-10years, 9am Saturday mornings.

    Please purchase an 'aulos' recorder. We recommend this as an excellent introduction to music theory, leading to recorder 'consorts' or orchestral wind lessons. We have concerts with live audiences every term.

 Adult Group 
 Adult Group 
  • 09:45am to 10:30am Called "Da Capo"
    This ensemble is for parents who have started learning as an adult, or who used to play when they were children and are rather rusty and anyone else who wants to join in! Please do find that instrument you have in the attic and join in!

Typically, there are 30 sessions (Saturdays) each academic year – 10 per term.

The price per head is:

  • One ensemble: ₤6/week
  • More than one ensemble: ₤11/week

Parents will be invoiced termly, at the beginning of each term, and payment should be made within the first half term.

Possible discounts for children and young people attending more than two groups may be available at the discretion of the PBCMS committee.

Any children in receipt of free school meals or are in receipt of the pupil premium are eligible for free or discounted sessions. Please just approach the committee.

Sessions missed are still charged at the normal rate.

A respectful notice period is requested for stopping any group.