Torbay and South Devon Music Centre

Location: 
Torbay & South Devon Music Centre c/o Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, Torquay TQ2 7EL
Contact : 
Tel: 07977 588527

Providing an exceptional opportunity for young people who have learnt to play an instrument to enjoy making music together. Young musicians work together to create music which is exciting, complex and satisfying. Enjoy yourself! Meet lots of other young musicians from all over Torbay and South Devon, make music together, make new friends, and have a good time

Who can join? Music Centre is for young musicians living in Torbay, Teignbridge or the South Hams. You can be any age and it doesn’t matter what sort of school you go to. You may be learning to play your instrument at school, or at home or at your teacher’s home – or you may not be having lessons at all. We also welcome parents and other not-so-young musicians. You need to be able to play a suitable instrument – have a look at the list on this page. Players of all standards can enjoy Music Centre, from beginners who can play a few tunes to experts who have been playing for some time. If you have passed any music exams (grades 1 to 8) that will help you to choose a suitable group. If not, don’t worry – we will advise you. It helps if you can read music for your instrument but don’t worry if you can’t – you will get plenty of help. You do not need any previous experience of playing in an ensemble or orchestra.

Why should I join? Have you ever played your instrument as part of a band or orchestra, with other players? If you have, you will know that this is a much more exciting way to make music than playing on your own or just with your teacher. You work together with other young musicians to produce music which is richer and more complex than is possible with a solo instrument. Your part may be quite easy to play but it makes an essential contribution to the overall sound of the ensemble – you will be surprised what beautiful music you can be part of! You also learn new musical skills. To play in an ensemble you need to watch the conductor; co-operate with others; keep together; keep in tune; listen to other players; and learn to play parts instead of just tunes. At first this is difficult but you will learn quickly and each ensemble is lead by an experienced musician who will give you all the help you need. You will find that your music reading improves and you become an expert sight-reader. At Music Centre you can join two different ensembles playing different kinds of music or different combinations of instruments. As well as learning and rehearsing on Friday evenings after school there is a concert each term where each ensemble gets a chance to show what it has learned by playing to a large audience in a public performance. And most importantly… you enjoy yourself! You meet lots of other young musicians from all over Torbay and South Devon, make music together, make new friends, and have a good time.

Where can I find more information? Details of where we meet, how to get there, dates, times, concerts and fees are on the information page. The ensembles page gives more details about the ensembles you could join. If you need more information or would like to talk to someone about whether Music centre is suitable for you, please contact us.

Supported using public funding by Department for Education and Arts Council England