Our EnsemblesWe run a variety of ensembles here at the Music Centre. Whether it's our Key Stage One Choir or our Adult Community Wind Band, there is something for everyone.
There is a fee for joining our ensembles which is paid termly but once the fee is paid, there is no limit on the amount of ensembles that you/your child can join. A Performance Group Single Membership is £30.00 per term.
We also have a family membership that covers multiple children and adults from the same family that want to perform in the ensembles, whether that be various different groups or just one. A Performance Group Family Membership is £50.00 per term.
See below the timetables to find out more about each ensemble.
If your child attends our Whitworth Hub, the cost is the same as if they were to attend any of our centre groups, here at the town hall. If you are paying to attend groups the hub, you can join any of our ensembles at the centre with no extra cost.
Our Whitworth Hub runs on a Friday afternoon at Tonacliffe Primary School. Currently, we hold 4 sessions. Enroll at Tonacliffe Primary or Contact the Music Service.
Key Stage One Music Group - 3:45pm until 4:15pm
Key Stage One Ukulele Group - 4:15pm until 4:45pm
Key Stage Two Ukulele Group - 4:45pm until 5:15pm
Pop Choir - 3:45pm until 4:15pm.
If you are interested in joining any of our ensembles, please complete the application form and return it to the service, either to our Centre or by email.
Our Membership Application Form
Why you should join an ensemble PDF
About Our EnsemblesRochdale Strolling Strings
This group meet on a Monday night. It is open to string players of all ages and abilities. They recently took part in the Rochdale Youth Festival of performing arts where they played all their music by memory and even added some choreography too! In addition they took part in the Music for Youth Regional Music Festival, which they thoroughly enjoyed. They play a variety of music from pop to classical and the group are actively involved in choosing the repertoire. Some of the music they play is learnt by notation and some by ear. The key aim of the group is to have fun and explore all the different styles of music playing a string instrument can lead you too, whilst meeting and making new friends from across the Borough.
Rochdale String Quartet
This is a relatively new ensemble and is for the more advanced string players. As you progress on your string instrument you may be invited to join the String Quartet or even begin a new one. The string quartet will take part this year in Music for Youth, and provide music for various functions and events as requested.
The band with a difference! This is a 6 piece band is made up of a Saxophone, Clarinet, Trombone, Bass and Drums. They play a variety of Dixieland jazz and not a rehearsal goes by without laughter. Each player has the opportunity to improvise however there is musical notation if improvisation is new to you.
Musical Theatre Group
Group yet to be established
Pop Choir are a fun adult choir. We love to sing popular music and perform throughout the borough and at the Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing arts. Our enjoyment is obvious each time we get together, which makes us a popular choice of entertainment for various different events. If you want to sing in our choir, come along, no audition necessary.
The Sax quartet are a group of musicians chosen from our Senior Bands to extend their ensemble skills further. They play a variety of music from Jazz to classical and provide background music at a variety of functions in the Borough. The group is hoping to take part in Music for Youth this year and also play a more prominent part in some of our large scale concerts. The standard of the group is Grade 6 upwards. If this is something you would like to do let us know and we can see if we can put together more than one group and maybe even a junior sax group too for those just beginning their musical journeys.
Key Stage One Children’s Choir
Children’s Choir is a fun interactive group who combine singing and musical games in an exciting way. Children’s Choir consists of Key Stage One children who love taking part in music festivals and community performances. We are a friendly inclusive group who love to sing music from all genres.
Youth Wind Band
This band is an award winning Youth Wind Band who love to come together to play a high standard of music whilst having fun. They take part in National Concert Band Festival, Music For Youth and many other festivals. They have travelled abroad playing in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Peine and even at the prestigious Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. They have the opportunity to work alongside many professional musicians and we also have a partnership with the 103 Royal Artillery Band.
Key Stage Two Junior Choir
Junior Choir is a group of enthusiastic group of Key Stage Two children who love singing music of all genres. At this age, children begin to start singing in harmony and developing their confidence in performing. The Junior Choir enjoys performing in music festivals and would love to increase our performance opportunities in the coming years. We are a friendly and welcoming group who share a love of singing.
Youth Choir is an all-inclusive vocal group for 11 to 21 year olds. We get together every Wednesday where we prepare for festivals and concerts. We sing a varied repertoire of music which includes world premieres. We arrange our own versions of pop songs, as well as singing choral versions of contemporary music. If you love to sing and make new friends, you’re very welcome to come and join us.
Fanfare Trumpets (Invite Only)
This ensemble is the only Fanfare Team in the Greater Manchester Music Hub. It is a 7 strong Fanfare Team, all playing on traditional military trumpets. They have already performed at the Bridgewater Hall and The Symphony Hall, despite only forming less than a year ago.
Youth Brass Band
Youth Brass Band is aimed at student’s grade 4 or above. The band is a fun but hard working ensemble that provides our students with a number of fantastic experiences. Over the past year, the band has performed in a number of high profile concerts and contests, receiving a number of prizes. These performances allow the band to perform in a number of the country’s leading concert halls. The band also enables its members to make some great friends that they can share their musical journey with.
Community Wind Band
Community Wind Band is an all-inclusive wind band for adults of any standard. This band is about adults who are learning or can play an instrument being able to come together in a lively fun environment. Come along and give it a try.
Adults Day Choir
Group yet to be established
The Guitar Group plays examples of many styles of music including rock, blues, jazz, folk and reggae. You will get the chance to play different posts eg lead, rhythm, bass and you will have great fun doing it.
Little Folk Caters for younger musicians aged up to 11 years. They play a variety of styles of folk music from the Uk and beyond. The aim is to make music fun.
That’s All Folk
That’s All Folk caters for intermediate or more experienced young musicians. The group play a wide variety of folk tunes and songs from the Uk and beyond.
Junior Brass Band
Junior Brass Band is aimed at players up to Grade 3 standard. It is a stepping stone between our Elementary Brass Band and our Intermediate Brass Band. We perform at the annual Christmas Cracker, the Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts and Music For Youth. The instruments in the band currently are cornets, tenor horns, baritones, euphoniums, basses, trombones and we also have percussionists.
Elementary Brass is aimed at beginner players continuing from wider opportunities. If you can play just 3 notes, you can join the band! Rehearsals are very relaxed and if you get lost, there is no need to worry! We always finish with a musical game or two.
Intermediate Brass Band
Intermediate band is the link between Junior Brass Band and Youth Brass Band. Players should be Grade 3 standard minimum to join. The Intermediate Brass Band’s highlight of the year is performing at the Rochdale Youth Festival Of Performing Arts. 2017 was a very successful year for the band as we won two trophies, one of which was chosen by the Mayor of Rochdale.
Rhythm Patrol has been running since 1997 and acts as a youth ensemble. The ensemble has taken part in numerous festivals such as the Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts and Music For Youth. We are still building a repertoire of pieces in preparation for more opportunities to arrive.
Training Wind Band
Training Wind Band, led by Laura Clarke, is for all woodwind, brass and percussion players who would like to start playing in an ensemble. We are a friendly bunch who always welcomes new players. We play a wide range of music from pop songs and film music to classical and rock. The aim of the group is to give young players the opportunity to play as an ensemble, make friends and develop their playing with a view to them moving onto more senior groups as they improve. So come down and join us to have fun, make friends and play music.
The Beatlets acts as a junior percussion ensemble to help develop young percussionists from beginners to early grade to build up to moving into the youth ensemble. We have performed in numerous festivals and events such as the Rochdale Youth Festival Of Performing Arts, Music For Youth and ‘Our Big Day’ at Oulder Hill High School in the summer of 2017. We are building our repertoire building up in preparation for upcoming events.
Having started up two years ago now, Rock School has been quite a success. The idea of putting together a rock school was to give those who play guitar, bass, drums or sing an opportunity to try out a totally different genre of music as oppose to classical.
We have four great bands full of talented musicians up and running, all working really hard to compete against one another for a chance to represent our music service in the GM Hub Battle of the Bands which takes place in Manchester at The Band on the Wall. As well as working together in bands we also spend a good hour during the session to work on Trinity Rock School Exam pieces, so if any of the students what to take up an exam grade either solo or as part of a band we have that option available. The Rock School is run every Saturday afternoon and we want to keep expanding, so if you play guitar, bass, drums or SING!! Please come on down!