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Ensembles At Harrogate Music Centre

Every participant must complete a new enrolment form. These are found on the Application & Fees page. Please hand in at the first rehearsal.

General Enquiries

Beginner Lessons (Limited Availability)


We are now running beginner Strings, Brass & Woodwind group lessons.

Please email for more information.

Junior Strings

String Ensemble

Director – Euan Crombie

For all string players from pre-grade 1+. Students will learn essential ensemble skills whilst playing music ranging from traditional classical string repertoire, to folk, film, rock & pop and more.

11:15 – 12:30

Harrogate Youth String Orchestra

Concert Orchestra

Conductor – Euan Crombie

Combining Strings, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

Grade 3+ for Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

Grade 1+ for Strings

9:30 – 10:45

HMC Concert Band

Director – Annie Wilkins

For Woodwind, Brass and Percussionists.

Grade 2/3+

11.15 – 12:30

HMC Wind Band

Harrogate Youth Percussion Ensemble (HYPE)

Director – Caroline Edwards

For all our percussionists – a space to make as much noise as they like without offending the delicate Wind Players.

09:30 – 10:45

Please email for further info

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Blast Off

Director – Cameron McArthur

Blast Off is suitable for all woodwind and brass players who have either just started learning or have had lessons for about a year. It’s also open to beginner percussionists as well as pianists up to grade 2 who would like to try percussion.

The band plays music tailored to the abilities of the children who turn up and serves as an introduction to playing in an ensemble as well as addressing some of the basic skills of playing a wind instrument.

Beginner – Grade 2

9:30 – 10:45

Blast Off

Musical Munchkins

Director – Jenny Whittaker

A brand new parent and child group for young children aged 3-4 designed to help young children develop a love for music and improve their cognitive skills using age-appropriate musical activities. Activities will include singing, dancing and playing musical instruments to engage your budding young musician and help to develop their communication, emotional intelligence and to build their confidence.

09:30 – 10:05

Sound Explorers

Director – Jenny Whittaker

A brand new music-making group for children aged 5-7 designed to help young children develop a love for music and improve their cognitive skills using age-appropriate musical activities. This lays a strong musical foundation for your budding musician to be able to build on should they decide to start learning a musical instrument at age 7.

10:15 – 10:50

Adult Ukulele Group

Director – Warren Timmis

The Ukulele Group welcomes adult Ukulele players who can already play the Ukulele to a reasonable standard.

11:15 – 12:30

Ukulele Group

HYJO - Harrogate Youth Jazz Orchestra

Director – James Heaton

HYJO is a senior ensemble offering opportunities to those students who wish to explore jazz technique and repertoire. The band plays from a large library of music ranging from traditional big band numbers to more contemporary music.

Grade 6/7+

09.30 – 12:30

Harrogate Youth Jazz Orchestra

Parental Guidance

Director – Cameron McArthur

The PGs is a band designed for adults who have either never played a wind instrument before or not for a very long time! We have great fun learning the fundamental aspects of playing a wind instrument through music to suit the range of abilities and experience.

11:15 – 12:30

Parental Guidance

Youth Choir

Director – Jenny Whittaker

An exciting youth vocal group at HMC; singing your favourite pop songs and more in a fun environment whilst developing musicianship and technical vocal skills. Members will learn how to work as a group as well as getting the chance to sing solo. Age 7-12, no experience required.


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