Torbay

Music Centres and Ensembles in Torbay

Doorstep Arts

Beginner Intermediate Advanced

Doorstep Arts runs groups across Torbay which bring together music, dance & drama. Groups which focus on music include: Early Years music sessions (0-4), Doorstep Arts Studio Courses (ages 7-20), Doorstep Youth Theatre (ages 14-20), as well as regular Open Mic opportunities. Opportunities to engage with musical theatre, write/compose their own music, and play in small ensembles to support live theatre performances. Some groups meet at Palace Theatre Paignton, others at key doorstep sites across Torbay. Visit our website below for more information.

Where Torbay
Who Children & young people aged 0-20
Email Doorstep Arts at polly@doorsteparts.co.uk
Web www.doorsteparts.co.uk/takepart

Moor To Sea Music Collective at ASRUS with Play Torbay

Beginner Intermediate

ASRUS is a weekly evening group for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and their families.

The session runs as a youth club, with supported play focused experiences for all ages.

Since Jan 2019, Moor To Sea have been providing a music component for this group. Music has now become an integral part of ASRUS Wednesdays, with some of the young people spending the majority or all of their time at the group in music.

There are options for focused 1:1 work, for young people who benefit from that, and group music making sessions, which have expanded as the confidence and skills of the young people has grown.

We approach everything from a sense of Play, but from within that, young people (and their adult family members!) have learned instrumental skills – piano, ukulele, saxophone, clarinet, drums, guitar and vocals, as well as experimenting with digital music, composing and learning to improvise and create pieces of music together.

Many of our musical journeys at ASRUS begin with a young person saying something like – “I wonder what would happen if…..” and off we all go together, to find out what indeed does happen.

Where Torbay
Who ASRUS is a weekly evening group for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and their families.
Web moortoseamusic.org.uk/moor-to-sea-at-asrus-with-play-torbay

Sound Communities

Beginner Intermediate Advanced

Sound Communities works with disadvantaged young people in music production, DJing, lyric writing, rap and broadcasting. Young people work towards producing music videos, podcasts, releasing their own music digitally or events to allow their voices to be heard on bigger platforms. Located in Paignton (but also offering outreach sessions through their mobile Broadcasting Bus), they are equipped with a recording studio, broadcasting studio and workshop space alongside the latest digital tech.

Where Torbay
Who Aged 11-25
Email More information at info@soundcommunities.co.uk
Web www.soundcommunities.co.uk>

Sound Lab Devon

Beginner Intermediate

Explore music through performance, technology and games at Sound Lab, a free weekly after-school creative music programme for young people aged 12 plus with ASC and/or additional learning needs, hosted at Glendinning Academy from 3.15-4.45pm on Thursdays.

Where Newton Abbot
Who Young people aged 12 plus with ASC and/or additional learning needs.
Email Catherine Browning at catherine@evolvemusic.org.uk
Web www.evolvemusic.org.uk

South Devon Youth Jazz

Intermediate Advanced

The South Devon Youth Jazz project provides a pathway for the emerging musician into the world of jazz and improvisation. Its aim is to provide the young musicians of South Devon with an opportunity to play jazz together in a fun and encouraging environment.

Where Totnes
Who No minimum standard, but estimate that students need to be able to read music to a reasonable extent and be approximately a Grade 2 technical standard on their instrument (but no need to have taken exams).
Email info@sdyj.co.uk
Web www.sdyj.co.uk

Torbay and South Devon Music Centre

Beginner Intermediate Advanced

Torbay and South Devon Music Centre provides the opportunity for musicians to enjoy playing instruments and improve musical skills by performing together. Orchestras and bands are led by experienced musicians and there are opportunities to try new and endangered instruments and to play in concerts as well as weekly rehearsals.

Where Torquay
Who There are groups for players of all standards and all ages, though our focus is on the under 25s.
Web tsdmc.org.uk

Ungroup from Moor to Sea Music Collective

Beginner Intermediate Advanced

Are you a young person who likes the idea of being in a band, but not sure where to start? Want to make music with others, but not face to face? Are you a fabulous musician keen to collaborate and experiment? A vocalist or songwriter looking to work with others? An aspiring producer or beatmaker wanting to influence? Come & build a musical UnGroup with us.

County Groups

Devon County Junior Choirs

Intermediate Advanced

The Devon County Junior Choirs are for any children from Years 3 to 8 who are enthusiastic about singing and wish to enhance their singing technique and perform regularly. It is not necessary for any child to have previous experience of singing in a choir - the most important things are enthusiasm and the ability to sing in tune. Schola Exe offers further tuition and experience for girls aged 13–18 and boys with unchanged voices.

Where Exeter
Who Boys and girls aged 7 to 13 (DCJC) and girls aged 13 – 18 and boys with unchanged voices aged 13 and above (Schola Exe).
Web dcjc.org.uk

Devon County Youth Brass Band

Intermediate Advanced

Devon County Youth Brass Band gives young brass and percussion players from across Devon the opportunity to learn and perform traditional and contemporary brass band music with people of their own age – regular gathering days, performance opportunities and residential courses.

Where Okehampton
Who No auditions, open to intermediate and advanced level young musicians from Grade 3-8+ ability.
Web www.dcybb.org

Devon Youth Chamber Brass

Intermediate Advanced

The Devon Youth Chamber Brass ensemble is a new Devon-wide group for all brass players of approximately Grade 5 standard and above to give students the opportunity of higher level chamber brass ensemble performance experience with like-minded individuals, with a mix of traditional repertoire and popular arrangements.

Where Exeter
Who Brass players of approximately Grade 5 standard and above.
Email Sam Massey at sam@sammasseymusic.com
Web dycb.co.uk/

Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra

Intermediate Advanced

Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra is the place to learn jazz in Devon – regular gathering days, performance opportunities, residential courses and international tours.

Where Exeter
Who Intermediate and advanced level young musicians from Grade 4-8+ ability. Sit in with the band at the first rehearsal in September, auditions for instruments with limited places.
Web www.dyjo.org

Devon Youth Orchestras

Intermediate Advanced

Experience playing in a full orchestra in a safe and encouraging environment, exploring a wide range of styles with expert instrumental coaching through regular gathering days, performance opportunities and residential courses.

Where Exeter
Who Devon Youth Concert and Symphony Orchestras provide opportunities for intermediate and advanced level young musicians from Grade 4-8+ ability.
Web www.devonyouthorchestras.org

Devon Youth Wind Orchestra

Intermediate Advanced

Symphonic wind orchestra for young musicians across Devon – regular gathering days, performance opportunities, residential courses and international tours.

Where Budleigh Salterton
Who Intermediate and advanced level young musicians from Grade 4-8+ ability.
Web www.dywo.co.uk

Wren Music Devon Youth Folk Ensemble

Intermediate Advanced

Wren Music Devon Youth Folk Ensemble is an opportunity for young singers and instrumentalists to learn and perform folk and roots music from different cultures all over the world, with expert tuition from professional leaders, write new songs and arrangements, perform live and record an album.

Where Exeter
Who No auditions and you don't need to read music! Instrumentalists should be an intermediate level of ability on their instruments, no entry requirements for singers.
Web www.wrenmusic.co.uk/what-we-do/devon-youth-folk-ensemble

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