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Our Ensembles

We 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 Single Membership is £30.00 per term. We also have a family membership that covers multiple children from the same family that want to perform in the ensembles, whether that be various different groups or just one. A Family Membership is £50.00 per term.

Whitworth Hub
Our Whitworth Hub runs on a Friday afternoon at Tonacliffe Primary School. Currently, we hold 5 sessions. If your child attends our Whitworth Hub, the ensemble charge is the same as if they were to attend our Main Centre at the Town Hall. If you are paying for a membership at Tonacliffe Hub, you can also join any of our ensembles, here at the Town Hall, with no extra cost. Enroll at Tonacliffe Primary School (Tonacliffe Rd, Whitworth, Rochdale OL12 8SS) or Contact the Music Service.
See below for the timetable:

Pop Choir/Music Group from 3.30pm until 4.15pm
Keyboard Group One from 4.15pm until 4.45pm
Key Stage One Ukulele from 4.15pm until 4.45pm
Keyboard Group Two from 4.45pm until 5.15pm
Key Stage Two Ukulele Group from 4.45pm until 5.15pm
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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

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About Our Ensembles

Elementary Brass Band - Friday from 4.30pm until 5.00pm with Joe Murtagh
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.

Junior Brass Band - Friday from 4.15pm until 5.00pm with Jeff Lewis
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.

Intermediate Brass Band - Friday from 5.15pm until 6.15pm with Joe Murtagh
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.

Youth Brass Band - Wednesday from 5.30pm until 7.00pm with Ben Dixon
Youth Brass Band is aimed at student’s grade 4 and 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.

Fanfare Trumpets (Invite Only) - Tuesday from 5.00pm until 5.30pm with Cathie M Brooks
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.

Training Wind Band - Tuesday from 4.30pm until 5.30pmwith Laura Clarke
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 welcome 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.

Youth Wind Band - Tuesday from 5.30pm until 7.00pm with Cathie M Brooks
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 also have a partnership with the 103 Royal Artillery Band.

Community Wind Band - Wednesday from 7.15pm until 8.15pm with Cathie Brooks
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.

Dixie Band - Monday from 6.00pm until 6.45pm with Pip Sayers
The band with a difference! This is a 6 piece band 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.

Sinfonia (Invite Only) – Thursday from 5.00pm until 6.00pm with Cathie Brooks & Hannah Carstensen
The RMS Sinfonia is an exciting new orchestra for beginners to Grade 3 standard. They will be playing a range of repertoire from classical to pop. The orchestra provides a fun but disciplined learning environment to enhance the children’s learning. The children come from a variety of schools across the borough, furthering opportunities to make new friends. If your child would like to join the orchestra, please contact Cathie or Hannah

Junior Big Band – Monday from 7.00pm until 8.00pm with Pip Sayers
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Musical Theatre Group - Monday from 6.00pm until 7.00pm with Joanna Astley
Got a love for Musical Theatre? Come along and join our Musical Theatre Group. Learn skills that will make you a triple threat, Singing, Acting and Dancing. Have fun in this friendly, energised group and perform with confidence and style. All ages and abilities welcome.

Junior Choir - Tuesday from 6.00pm until 7.00pm with Gemma Thomas
Junior Choir is a group of enthusiastic group of primary school 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 - Wednesday from 4.45pm until 5.45pm with Joanna Astley
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.

Adults Day Choir - Thursday from 1.00pm until 3.00pm with Jan Moon
The Adults Day Choir meets every Thursday to work towards a performance and a bite to eat at the end of each term. We aim to have fun and make friends! Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary, just a wish to have an enjoyable sing in good company!

Pop Choir - Monday from 7.00pm until 8.00pm with Joanna Astley
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.

Council Choir – Monday 4.30pm until 5.30pm with Emily Matthews
A choir for all abilities to enjoy singing. We’re singing a mix of pop songs: modern, classic and we sing Christmas tunes during the festive season. We enjoy singing in unison, as w ell as learning two and three part harmonies. All lyrics and music is provided and there is no prior knowledge needed, you also do not need to be able to read music. Everyone is welcome.

Rochdale String Ensemble - Monday from 4.45pm until 5.30pm with Isabel Williamson

Rochdale String Ensemble 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 in 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 - Monday from 5.30pm until 6.00pm with Isabel Williamson
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 in Music for Youth this year, and provide music for various functions and events as requested.

Guitar Group - Thursday from 5.30pm until 6.30pm with Peter Bond

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 e.g. Lead, Rhythm, Bass and you will have great fun doing it.

Teacher’s Guitar Group – Thursday from 4.00pm until 5.00pm with Peter Bond
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Little Folk - Thursday from 6.00pm until 6.30pm with Cliff Woodworth
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 - Thursday from 6.30pm until 7.30pm with Cliff Woodworth
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.

Rhythm Patrol - Saturday from 8.00am until 8.45am with Matthew Mills
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.

The Beatlets - Saturday from 8.45am until 9.30am with Matthew Mills
The Beatlets acts as a junior percussion ensemble to help develop young percussionists from beginners to early grade 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.

Rock School - Saturday from 10.00pm until 12.00pm with Chris Addington, Matthew Mills, Matthew Berry, and Robert Graham.
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. This means that any of the students that want to take up an exam grade, either solo or as part of a band, has that option available. We want to keep on expanding, so if you play guitar, bass, drums or SING!! Please come on down!

Piano For Pleasure – Monday from 1.00pm until 3.00pm with Gemma Thomas
We are a jolly group of aspiring pianists at different levels, who practice pieces and develop our skills on beautiful full sized pianos. We invite you to come along and see if we are right for you.
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