• Friday , 24 May 2019

Ensemble and workshop opportunities

Somerset Music



Somerset Music manages three county groups offering a range of performance opportunities for children and young people in the county. These are:


Somerset County Youth Concert Band 
Somerset County Youth Orchestra 
Somerset County Youth Choir 
In addition to the county groups there are a variety of other clubs, ensembles and events which offer performance opportunities throughout the year. :


Cheddar Valley Music Club
Kilve Residential Weekend for Young String Players
Mid-Somerset Musical Spectacular
South Somerset Spectacular
Taunton School of Samba
Taunton Youth Brass Band

Centre for Young Musicians Taunton


Centre for Young Musicians Taunton offers a broad curriculum each Saturday in term time, based at Richard Huish College, Taunton. Students can opt for a wide variety of courses to suit their individual needs. The timetable currently includes:


  • aural training
  • brass groups
  • creative music technology / music production (for students aged 11+)
  • general musicianship workshops
  • guitar groups
  • history of music workshops
  • orchestra
  • ocarina groups
  • percussion group
  • pop groups
  • piano workshops (for duets & trios)
  • recorder groups
  • singing ensembles
  • string groups
  • theory of music classes
  • ukulele groups
  • woodwind groups
To find out more please contact Centre for Young Musicians Taunton: tel. 07754217993 email taunton@cym.org.uk or visit www.cymtaunton.org.uk. Facebook/Twitter: @CYMTaunton.

South West Music School



South West Music School is a Centre of Advanced Training under the DfEs Music and Dance scheme.

We can offer a programme of activity and mentoring locally delivered to support a young musicians development.

All activity takes place at weekends or in the school holidays.

South West Music School is open to young musicians aged 8 – 18 from across the South West region

and our programme covers all genres and instrumentation.

Many of our student places are funded through the Music and Dance scheme so please ask for further information.

We work in partnership with Junior Trinity, and also offer A level music delivered through distance learning.

Our application process is open during April/May. If you are interested please get in touch – www.swms.org.uk



Jackdaws is dedicated to improving participation in and enjoyment of music through weekend coursesEducation projects, a Young Artists Programme and performances by world class musicians.


Opportunities for Individuals

Jack’s Music Club
Music club for 10 – 18 year olds, held 4:30 – 6pm after school every Friday during Term time. Led by a varied selection of Jackdaws’ best loved course tutors.

Summer Production
Annual Summer music week at Jackdaws. Create a show from scratch with an artist, musician and director to be performed at the end of the week. Taking place 30 July – 3 August 2018.

Jackdaws’ Songbirds Choir
A community choir directed by Caroline Radcliffe, regularly performing repertoire from Folk to Pop, Classical to Jazz and they are always looking for new members – hint hint!


Projects run through Schools

School students perform in a full-length opera alongside our cast of professional singers. Supported with our free CD and Resources Pack, plus workshops with members of the cast, your pupils will sound their best.

The Year of…
International musicians travel to schools across Somerset, giving a performance to your whole school, and working with your WCET students to create a Grand Finale Performance.

Song Story
Introduce your children to the music of the famous composers by creating an hour long concert performance with our musicians for an audience of your staff and students.