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Ensembles

Ensembles At Harrogate Music Centre

From ukulele & singing to wind, string and jazz orchestra.

Blast Off

9:30 to 11:00 in the Maths Corridor
Director – Archie Batty.

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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.

Blast Off

Junior Strings

11:10 to 12:30 in Hi 1
Director – Lucy Brewster

Lucy Brewster

This group is for young string players who are grasping the basics and have been learning for around a year. They learn valuable lessons on how to play as a group and gain ensemble experience to prepare them for the more senior groups.

Junior Strings

Guitar Group

9:30 to 11:00 in Hi 4
Director – Michael Waterhouse

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.

Guitar Group

Parental Guidance

11:15 to 12:30 in the Maths Corridor
Director – Archie Batty.

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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.

Come and give it a try!

Parental Guidance

The Accidentals

9:45 to 10:45 in Mu 2
Director/Conductor – Amanda Crawley

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.

The Accidentals

Ukulele Group

11:00 to 12:30 in Hi 1
Director – Michael Waterhouse.

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)

Ukulele Group

Chamber Orchestra

11:15 to 12:30 in Gg 6
Director – Fiona Mayo.

Fiona Mayo

Chamber Orchestra is a Senior level ensemble which welcomes string and woodwind players who are of a more advanced standard. This ensemble is new and enjoys exploring the large chamber orchestra repertoire from classical to contemporary music.

Entrance to this ensemble is by audition.

Chamber Orchestra

HMC Wind Band

9:30 to 12:30 in The Chapel
Director – Stephanie Yaple.

Stephanie Yaple

This band is for students who have grasped the basic techniques of a wind or percussion instrument and are ready to attempt music that is a little more challenging.

The repertoire features popular and film themes.

HMC Wind Band

Harrogate Youth String Orchestra (HYS)

09:30 to 11:00 in Gg 6
Director – Lucy Brewster.

Lucy Brewster

Harrogate Youth Strings is the senior string orchestra at the centre. Members experience a wide variety of the rich string orchestra repertoire.

A full commitment to the band is essential, with regular attendance to rehearsals and concerts.

Harrogate Youth String Orchestra

Harrogate Youth Wind Orchestra (HYWO)

9:30 to 12:30 in The Main Hall
Director – Emily Ferguson.

Emily Ferguson

HYWO is a full symphonic wind band playing from the large range of music written for such an ensemble. They are regularly invited to perform in the local community as well as taking part in National Festivals.

The required standard to gain a place is around grade 5. The band will be 50+ in number and be able to enjoy playing more challenging pieces from and excited and varied repertoire.

A full commitment to the band is essential, with regular attendance to rehearsals and concerts.

Harrogate Youth Wind Orchestra

Harrogate Youth Jazz Orchestra (HYJO

09:30 to 12:30 in Mu 4/5
Director – Will Osborn

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.

HYJO regularly perform concerts throughout the year as well as jazz venues and cafes in the area. The ensemble consists of about 20 members, with a keen interest in jazz and rock music. New members need to have some experience of improvisation although this will be taught as part of rehearsals.

Entry to HYJO is by audition.

Harrogate Youth Jazz Orchestra

Percussion supervisor

Caroline Edwards

Caroline Edwards

HMC is very fortunate to have a dedicated specialist percussion staff member assisting across the different ensembles.

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