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Dudley Music Education Hub Performance Groups

Learning to play a musical instrument or sing is a fantastic thing to do; but playing music with other musicians is when the fun really begins - it also improves your playing.

Dudley Performing Arts ensembles have performed both locally and nationally. We regularly play in the region and have performed at Symphony Hall and many other prestigious venues. Our groups have toured in this country and abroad including appearances at the Royal Albert Hall

If you play an instrument or sing there is something for you in the Dudley Music Education Hub with groups, bands and ensembles for all instruments and all levels of ability.

To join a group we ask for a level of playing ability based on the Grades system although it’s not necessary to have passed the actual exam.

Our Groups

Joining

Our performance groups are open to children and young people who live in the Dudley Borough or attend one of our schools/colleges. There is no audition process, simply identify the group that is relevant to you and come along.

For more information about joining one of our groups please speak to your instrument or vocal teacher, someone at your school or contact Dudley Performing Arts.

For beginners and those at the start of their musical journey

We have Up Beat groups for woodwind, brass and string players, with some spaces for drummers. The sessions are fun and suitable for children as soon as they can get a note out of their instrument and players up to Grade 2 standard. The rehearsals are organised so that students who have been playing for a few years can still enjoy and learn in the sessions alongside beginners, until the point that they are ready to move up to the next level. There is a similar structure for guitarists and keyboard players.

For developing musicians

We have groups for brass, woodwind, keyboards, electric guitars, strings and developing percussionists.

There is a small charge to join the concert wind and string groups and the entry level is around grade 2. There is no need to have taken a music exam to join these groups - please get in touch if you would like to talk to someone about joining.

For the most advanced young musicians

Our Youth Bands and senior groups cater for our most advanced musicians. These groups have performed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, BBC Maida Vale studios and there is a small membership fee to join. 

Groups for Bowed Strings

Up Beat Strings (Stourbridge) - Gigmill Primary School, 17:00 - 18:00, Tuesday Beginner - Grade 2
Up Beat Strings (Halesowen) - The Earls High School, 17:00 - 18:00, Wednesday Beginner - Grade 2
Up Beat Strings (Sedgley) - Beacon Hill Academy, 17:00 - 18:00, Wednesday Beginner - Grade 2
Dudley Concert String Orchestra - Netherton Arts Centre, 18:00 - 19:15, Wednesday Grades 2 - 5
Dudley Youth String Orchestra - Netherton Arts Centre, 19:15 - 21:00, Wednesday Grades 5 - 8

Brass and Woodwind Groups

Up Beat Wind (Stourbridge) - Redhill School, 16:50 – 17:50,Tuesday, Beginner - Grade 2
Up Beat Wind (Halesowen) - The Earls High School, 17:00 - 18:00, Wednesday, Beginner - Grade 2
Up Beat Wind (Sedgley) - Beacon Hill Achedemy, 17:00 - 18:00, Wednesday, Beginner - Grade 2
Dudley Concert Wind Band - Netherton Arts Centre, 17:50 - 18:50, Monday, Grades 2 – 5
Dudley Youth Wind Band - Netherton Arts Centre, 19:00 - 20:00 Monday, Grades 5 - 8
Dudley Youth Brass Band - Netherton Arts Centre, 20:05 - 21:00 Monday, Grades 5 - 8
Dudley Youth Woodwind Ensemble - Netherton Arts Centre, 20:05 - 21:00, Monday, Grades 5 - 8
Dudley Youth Big Band (fortnightly) - Netherton Arts Centre, 19:00 - 21:00, Tuesday, Grades 5 - 8

Guitar Groups

Junior Electric Guitar Ensemble, Netherton Arts Centre, 17:00 - 17.45 Tuesday, Beginner – Grade 2
Acoustic Guitar Ensemble, Netherton Arts Centre, 18:00 – 18.45 Tuesday, Beginner - Grade 8
Intermediate Electric Guitar Ensemble, Netherton Arts Centre, 19:00 - 19:45 Tuesday, Grades 3 - 4
Senior Electric Guitar Ensemble, Netherton Arts Centre, 20:00 - 20:45 Tuesday, Grades 5 - 8

Keyboard Groups

Junior Keyboard Ensemble, Netherton Arts Centre, 16:45 – 17:45, Monday, Beginner – Grade 2
Intermediate Keyboards, Netherton Arts Centre, 18:00 - 19:00, Monday, Grades 3 - 4
Senior Keyboard Ensemble, Netherton Arts Centre, 19:15 - 20:45, Monday, Grades 5 - 8

Singers

Each year a series of rehearsals take place for specific projects. The rehearsals take place on Wednesdays evenings at Netherton Arts Centre.

Autumn term - 'Sing at the Mayor's Schools Christmas Concert' - Rehearsals for primary school children (years 3 to 6) 17:00 to 18:30. The concert will take place at Dudley Town Hall on the evening of 17th December 2018

Spring term - 'Sing at the Festival of Song' - Rehearsals for primary school children (years 3 to 6) 17:00 to 18:30. The concert will take place at Dudley Town Hall on the evening of 9th March2019

Summer Term - Inspire Chorus  - rehearsals for secondary school children for performance at our summer gala concert with Youth Orchestra

 

Drums and Percussion

There are opportunities for percussionist to play in most of our groups. In addition you can join our percussion ensemble that meets at Netherton Arts Centre on Saturdays 10:15 to 11:15