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Ensembles At Harrogate Music Centre

In line with the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are delighted to be able to offer the following Ensemble opportunities at HMC.

To sign up please contact the ensemble director directly via email. Please give the following details: Participant Name, Age, Instrument, Current grade level and Which ensemble they wish to participate with. This will enable the group director to stream the groups effectively. Also in light of ‘Track & Trace’ requirements and ensemble size limitations, we need to know exactly who is attending. We will not be able to accept participants arriving on the morning of rehearsal without having signed up prior to attendance. At the moment participants can only sign up to one ensemble.

An exact timetable for all ensembles will be sent out and posted on this website when we have a clear idea of numbers in each group.

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

Beginner Groups


We are planning to relaunch our beginner groups lessons at HMC so if you were part of the groups before Covid-19 or a new starter

Please contact if interested.

Junior Strings

String Ensembles

Director – Emily Jones

As I haven’t yet been able to replace the wonderful Fiona Mayo please sign up with Emily and she will stream the participants into viable ensembles.

To sign up please email

Harrogate Youth String Orchestra

Woodwind Ensembles

Director – Stephanie Yaple.

In the first instance please contact Stephanie to express an interest. She will then stream the musicians into appropriate groups offering the best experience possible.

The initial plan is to run 2 groups but this could be increased if needed.

To sign up please email

HMC Wind Band

Brass Ensemble

Director – Archie Batty.

A new ensemble catering to Brass players Grade 2 upwards. Expect pure Brass Power!!

To sign up please email

Percussion Ensemble

Director – Caroline Edwards

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

Sign up please email

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Blast Off

Director – Archie Batty

Blast Off is suitable for all woodwind and brass players who have either just started learning or have had lessons for about a year.

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.

To sign up please email

Blast Off

Guitar Group

Director – Michael Waterhouse

The Guitar Group has a membership of students with a wide range of experience. The ensemble plays a varied repertoire- some of it arranged specifically for them by their director.

A minimum standard for new members is that grade work should at least be begun.

To sign up please email

Guitar Group

Ukulele Group

Director – Michael Waterhouse.

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

The group is made up largely of adults at the moment but welcomes all ages. (See here for Harrogate Ukelele Group’s website)

To sign up please email

Ukulele Group

The Accidentals

Director/Conductor – Amanda Crawley

This for anybody from year 4 up to Adult who either already knows that singing is great fun or wants to discover the joys of singing.

Come along and experience Amanda’s expertise and thoroughly enjoyable group for anybody who enjoys singing and wants to improve.

To sign please email

(Please don’t worry Amanda is still conducting – her work email isn’t functioning!)

The Accidentals

HYJO - Harrogate Youth Jazz Orchestra

Directors – Jonathan Lodder & Will Osborn

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.

At the moment I am offering membership to anyone who performed in the 2020 Gala Concert. Auditions for the band for September 2021 will be held in late June/July please get in touch if interested.

To sign up please email

Harrogate Youth Jazz Orchestra

Parental Guidance

Director – Archie Batty.

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.

To sign up please email

Parental Guidance
Arts Council England
North Yorkshire County Council
North Yorkshire Music Hub
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