Local music groups in Dorset
There are many ensemble opportunities for beginner musicians in music groups across the county.
Opportunities provided by the Dorset Music Service
BFG - Beginner Friendly Groups
Beginner Friendly Groups (BFG) are great if you have started to learn an instrument, can play and read just three notes and are aged between 7 and 11. These one hour sessions consist of group warm ups, rhythmic games and challenges, and of course playing great music together.
Opportunities provided by our partners
B Sharp offers creative singing and music making activities, both in and out of school, for early years, children and young people in Lyme Regis and surrounding towns and villages. It is well known for its young music leadership programme that creates personal, social and music progression pathways for all involved.
||Contact www.bsharp.uk.com for more information.
New Big Band is Mixing It Up! - If you're into music, something exciting is happening in Bridport this April. A brand new big band with a difference starting on the 22 April. Mix It Up with be for ALL young musicians aged 11-19 years grade 2 equivalent and upwards who want to progress their music, do something new and different, and play many genres of music in a band. Everyone is welcome from instrumentalists to vocalists. If you want to play but don't have your own instrument Mix It Up will be offering an instrument loan scheme through Dorset Music Service.
||Sir John Colfox Academy
||Thursday - starting April 22
||4.00pm - 5.30pm
firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up.
Tel: 07949 334138
Website: B Sharp
Each week Pop Club members in Dorchester get the chance to engage in a wide variety of musical workshops and perform using a professional sound system under the guidance of music producer Mickey Wills. A fantastic opportunity for young people to discover and experience live music performance. Pop Club also plays live at gigs and festivals throughout the year.
Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus
They are passionate about getting youngsters singing to a high standard. To become a member, you need to be 8 years old or more, enjoy singing, be willing to attend regular rehearsals and take part in their concerts. These include concerts with Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and concerts that they give by themselves.
||Lighthouse Theatre, Poole
||6pm to 7.15pm (8pm for older members)
Tel/Fax: 01202 423429
Modern Drum Academy
Modern Drum Academy is a new drum school located in the centre of Weymouth. Learn drums, guitar, and vocals at your own pace.
||Modern Drum Academy
||Monday to Saturday
||1pm to 9pm
Modern Drum Academy, Milton Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 0AZ
Tel: 07552 792892
Dorchester Area Schools Partnership (DASP) Music Ensembles
Do you play an instrument or sing? Do you love performing? Do you want to make new friends? Then join DASP for weekly music ensembles and tuition in Dorchester. Open to all young people in the local area with no audition. From £25 per term. Groups offered include Training String Orchestra (grade 0 to 2), Training Windband (Grade 0 to 2), Orchestra (Grade 2/3+), Jazz Band (Grade 2+), Skylarks Choir (Year 3-6), Treblemakers Boys Choir, Ukulele Group (Beginner & Intermediate) and much more!
||Various across Dorchester
||See DASP Music website for more information.
Christchurch Music Centre
Christchurch Music Centre is an independent centre based in Twynham School in Christchurch. The centre hosts a Junior and a Senior wind band, meeting each Saturday morning throughout the term to rehearse. Players enjoy a challenging selection of music, from big screen to big band, popular favourites to classical greats. Performance highlights include concerts in the beautiful Christchurch Priory and airside during the Bournemouth Air Festival. Both bands are frequently asked to perform at events across East Dorset, providing musical entertainment for the Christchurch Christmas Festival and relaxing summer afternoons by local bandstands.
No auditions, all standards welcome! Come along to have a go, meet some friends and have some fun!
||Twynham School, Sopers Lane, Christchurch BH23 1JF
Junior Band - 9am to 10am
Senior Band - 10.30am to 12.30pm
|Christchurch Music Centre
The Coda Wind Ensemble is for players of all ages and abilities who are warmly welcomed to play in a relaxed, informal setting (as a guideline, a standard of Grade 2 to 5 is recommended). We'll be playing a selection of music from across the orchestral repertoire - some easy bits and some of those slightly more challenging pieces you've always wanted to have a go at!
Coda Saturday Rock School is designed for young musicians to work together to develop musical and performance skills.
Coda Kids Ukulele Band for 6 to 11 year olds. This is a perfect progression route for any student who have tried out the ukulele as part of their year 4 first access to music.
||Coda Wind Ensemble
||Acoustic Room at Coda Music Centre, Chewton Farm Road, Walkford, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 5QL
|12.45pm to 1.45pm
Please call or email for further information.
Tel: 01425 276161
|Coda Saturday Rock School
||10.30am to 12.30pm
|Coda Kids Ukulele Band
||9.30am to 10.15 am
Funky Little Choir
Funky Little Choir are based in Christchurch and run choirs for all ages from 8 plus. They are an amateur choir with a professional image and sound, who love to sing and feel their choir is very much part of the community.
||Funky Little Choir
||The Royal British Legion, 61-63 Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1QR
8-12 year olds 5.30pm to 5:30pm
13-18 year olds 6.30pm to 8pm
Please call or email for further information.
Name: Sandie Elkins
Tel: 07540 977426
Vocal Impact is a community youth choir based in Dorset. Attracted talented children and young people between the ages of 8 and 18 years, the choir is a not-for-profit organisation. Vocal Impact is built around a single-minded vision - to unite our children and young people through the 3 bedrocks of song, music and ambition.
||Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth BH11 8NE
6.30pm to 8pm
Name: Sam Adams
Show Choir/Music Theatre Group
The show choir / music theatre group was set up in September 2016 and now has 38 members. They have performed locally several times with more summer events in the pipeline, put on a concert in December, a full scale show in April, and now embarking on a summer end of year showcase. They welcome new members aged 8 - 14 years and the weekly cost is just £5.00.
||Show Choir/Music Theatre
Herrison Hall, Sherren Ave, Charlton Down, Dorchester DT2 9UA
||6.00pm to 8.00pm
Dynamix brass is a brass band for players from the age of seven in the Bournemouth/Poole area. They pride themselves on giving young people the best opportunities and exposure possible whatever their age. Dynamix have won several first and second prizes at competitions in the last three years and continues regularly in the local music scene. Cost is just £2 per week.
||Aim Central, Kinson Road, Bournemouth BH10 5HD
||6.30pm to 7.30pm
Dynamix Children's Choir
Now in it's third year, this award winning children's choir continues to showcase young talent (aged between 6-12 years) from the local area. Dynamic in both music and enthusiasm this experienced team are passionate about musical excellence, in particular the human instrument, 'the voice'. Led by leading vocalist and composer Darren Bartlett the strong line up of highly dedicated professionals are committed to helping your musicians reach their full potential. Music includes musical theatre, Disney songs and classic pop.
||Dynamix Children's Choir
||Kinson Methodist Church, 1330 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth BH10 7AW
||5.55pm to 6.40pm