Making music in your area
Find Music Centres and Ensembles in your area, using the filters below.
Ashwater Community Steel Band
The Ashwater Community Steel Band was set up as a project to bring together people of all ages. The youngest member is 6 years old and the senior members of the band are well into their 70s. They play a wide range of music, from traditional Caribbean to Status Quo.
|Who||Beginners are very welcome and you don’t have to have any previous musical experience to join.|
Axminster Rock’n’Pop Club (B Sharp)
At B Sharp make music, play, sing and create your own tracks. Musical games, singing, playing instruments, and making music, in a fun and friendly environment.
|Who||Any level of skill and experience is welcome. Age 9-11.|
Brass Class Ottery St Mary
Brass Class takes place on Monday evenings during term time 7.30–8.30pm. Brass learners participate with others to make music outside of a school environment, get involved in local community events and regularly combine with the Ottery St Mary Silver Band and other brass band opportunities. Brass Class aims to provide a safe and enjoyable experience.
|Where||Ottery St Mary|
|Who||Beginner and intermediate level young brass and percussion players|
Gail Denning at
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Bushell Youth Community Orchestra
Bushell Youth Community Orchestra is an exciting youth orchestra for all young musicians in Newton Abbot and Teignbridge.
|Who||Aged 8 and above|
|Web||Visit us on Facebook|
Chulmleigh Music Academy (Chulmleigh College)
At CMAc Brass, Woodwind and String ensembles are led by experienced instrumental staff.
|Who||KS2 to KS4|
Crediton Youth Orchestra
CYO is an independent not-for-profit organisation with the aims of stimulating children’s interest in orchestral music and providing them with opportunities to enjoy playing a wide range of musical repertoire and to perform in public.
|Who||Young musicians aged 8 to 14 who can read music.|
Dartmoor Strings is a youth string ensemble for ages 10-18, Grades 4-8+. Run by string specialists, we meet on two Saturday afternoons each term in Ashburton from 2-4.30pm. Music and videos are sent in advance of each session to help you prepare and feel confident. Our aim is to help you develop your sight-reading, confidence, listening, performance skills, technique and have fun making music and friends in an encouraging atmosphere.
|Who||Young people aged 10-18|
Lindsay Braga at
|Web||www.theviolinden.co.uk/dartmoor-strings Visit us on Facebook|
Dartmouth Music Centre from Moor to Sea Music Collective
Fridays after school until 5pm at Dartmouth Academy. Drop in or stay as long as you like. You don’t have to play an instrument already – We’ll be working across all levels from beginner to more experienced musician. You can bring your own instrument to the session or use ours. We have a wide range of instruments to try, including electronic instruments, saxophones, clarinets, guitars, bass, unusual percussion and drums. We will expand the range of instruments on offer in response to the interests of the young people.
|Who||Sessions are currently for Year 6 and up, with leading opportunities for older years.|
|Web||moortoseamusic.org.uk/dartmouth-music-centre Visit us on Facebook Visit us on Twitter|
Do Re Mi Devon
Doremi Devon offers musicianship training for beginners, singers and instrumentalists. Inspired by the Kodály approach to music education, these classes prepare and practice musical skills suitable for becoming any type of musician.
Rebecca Willson at
|Web||www.doremiconnect.co.uk/devon Visit us on Facebook www.instagram.com/doremi_devon|
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.
|Who||Children & young people aged 0-20|
Doorstep Arts at
Come and discover the vast and wonderful world of world roots drumming with Drum Devon. Immerse yourself in rhythm in these super-fun, interactive and accessible drumming workshops. Explore rhythms of the world, including from West Africa, South American and the Caribbean.
As well as term-time evening classes, we also run one-off taster sessions and personal/social wellbeing courses for the Devon Recovery Learning Community. Check the Drum Devon website for more info.
|Where||Marldon, Brixham, Paignton, Teignmouth and Kingsbridge|
|Who||8 and above - no experience necessary|
|Web||www.drumdevon.co.uk Visit us on Facebook|
Exeter Young Strings
Exeter Young Strings is a music organisation dedicated to the promotion of string playing in small chamber groups and quartets. We are also very keen for young pianists to join us.
|Who||Children and teenagers aged 4 – 19.|
Holsworthy Music Rebel Club
Holsworthy Music Rebel Club has a dedicated music room and DJ booth in a very well attended and thriving Youth Club. Anyone from the Youth Club can book a slot in either music room, as an individual or as a group, for supported music making.
|Who||First time and developing musicians aged 10-17.|
Sam Lythgoe-Jones at
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Honiton Youth Orchestra
Honiton Youth Orchestra is aimed at children playing an orchestral instrument at Grade 1 level of ability or higher, performing a wide range of music - from Baroque to film music!
|Web||www.hyoonline.wordpress.com Visit us on Facebook|
Ivybridge Music Centre
Ivybridge Music Centre offers a range of musical opportunities: Ivybridge Junior Orchestra, individual and group tuition and senior college ensembles.
|Who||Students attending our feeder primary schools and young musicians in the community.|
Jam Buddies (The Turning Tides Project)
Accessible weekly Band meeting, music-making, song writing and musical exploration.
|Who||Open to all|
Jamming Station is a hub where artists can connect and grow creatively through crafting ideas, making music and performing.
Moor To Sea Music Collective at ASRUS with Play Torbay
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.
|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 Visit us on Facebook Visit us on Twitter|
North Devon Music Centre
The North Devon Music Centre is a non-profit organisation that helps young (and young at heart) people who are learning to play an instrument to enjoy making music together through ensemble playing.
North Devon Taiko Project
Group Taiko sessions for any ability.
|Who||Year 5 and up and school-based adults.|
Gillian Ashcroft at
Okehampton Music Centre (Community Links SW)
The Okehampton Music Centre is an initiative to encourage young people to get more involved with music. They aim to make learning an instrument affordable for all and for young people to experience the thrill of playing in an orchestra, to develop players so that local, regional, and national orchestras thrive in the future.
|Who||Children and young people from 0-16|
RootNotes offers a range of music groups and activities for all ages and abilities. There is a focus on learning and playing folk music as a band plus options for singing, song-writing and creative music-making. Instruments are provided for some sessions.
Becki Driscoll at
Saturday Morning Music (SaMM)
An inclusive organisation offering children of all ages and musical abilities the opportunity to enjoy making music with others in a wide variety of ensemble workshops.
|Who||Ages 4 to 18.|
Sidmouth Town Training Band
Sidmouth Town’s training Band is run by members of the friendly Sidmouth Town Band. We welcome beginner to advanced young brass players seeking to improve their ensemble musicianship, with fun and challenging music. Even if you have never played before but would like to, we can also provide an instrument, music and tuition!
|Who||No audition, everyone welcome|
Fiona Harvey at
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. Rehearsals take place at 52A Hyde Road, Paignton TQ4 5BY. 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.
More information at
Sound Lab Devon
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.
|Who||Young people aged 12 plus with ASC and/or additional learning needs.|
Catherine Browning at
Soundlaunch is a platform that has been designed to help create, fine tune and develop emerging music and artists across the South West.
|Who||Ages 12 to 21.|
|Web||soundlaunch.co.uk Visit us on Facebook Visit us on Twitter|
Soundtribe provides individual instrumental tuition for guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals, plus group sessions and performance opportunities for bands and solo artists at venues and festivals. It is a great way to meet other musicians and access the local music scene. Soundtribe is run by Music in Devon Initiative CIC
|Who||Tuition and guidance for young musicians from experienced professional musicians|
Nick Hall at
South Dartmoor Primary Music Centre
Weekly Music Centre for children in years 4 - 6 attending primary schools in the South Dartmoor Community College catchment area, who play or want to learn an orchestral instrument. Open to children outside the area subject to available spaces. Junior Orchestra and musicianship is free to join. Group lessons in Violin, Trumpet and Clarinet are on offer at a subsidized rate.
|Where||South Dartmoor Community College, Ashburton|
|Who||Children in years 4 - 6|
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South Devon Youth Jazz
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.
|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).|
South West Music School
South West Music School offers music development and collaboration activities for talented young musicians aged 8-16. Our programmes are cross genre/cross instrumentation and are delivered across the South West region. They include 1-2-1 local mentoring, day workshops and residential weeks during the holidays. As a Centre of Advanced Training for the Music and Dance scheme we offer grants based on eligibility.
The Aubergines – Exeter Family Orchestra
Run by BSO Associate Musician Hugh Nankivell and violinist Emma Welton, members of all ages shape the music, explore new ways to create sound and enjoy the social element of music in a comfortable environment. Family Orchestra provides a common meeting ground, regardless of musical taste, experience, or ability,. It promotes shared experiences across generations and provides a musical family for those living on their own.
Nicky Green at
Torbay and South Devon Music Centre
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.
|Who||There are groups for players of all standards and all ages, though our focus is on the under 25s.|
|Web||tsdmc.org.uk Visit us on Twitter|
Ukulele Orchestra of North Devon
The Ukulele Orchestra of North Devon is an ALL AGE, ALL ABILITY ukulele club and occasional performance group. Ideally you'll have your own ukulele but there are a few available to borrow (ask in advance).
|Who||Everyone is welcome, even if you’re new to playing Ukulele. Recommended minimum age: 7 (under 12s should be accompanied by an adult).|
Joe Steer at
|Web||Visit us on Facebook|
Ungroup from Moor to Sea Music Collective
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.
|Where||Sign up through the website and then Bandlab Edu.|
|Who||Free and open to all young people.|
|Web||moortoseamusic.org.uk/come-and-build-a-musical-ungroup-with-us Visit us on Facebook Visit us on Twitter|