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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. 

Area Venue Further details
North Dorset The Blandford School See our Beginner Friendly Groups (BFG) pages for more information

Opportunities provided by our partners

B Sharp

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.

AreaVenueContact information
West Dorset Lyme Regis Contact for more information.

B Sharp

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.

AreaVenueDayTimeContact Information
West Dorset Sir John Colfox Academy Thursday - starting April 22 4.00pm - 5.30pm or just turn up.

Tel: 07949 334138

Website: B Sharp

Pop Club

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.

AreaVenueDayContact information
Dorchester Dorset Arts Centre Saturday

Details and booking - 01305 266926


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.

AreaVenueDayTimeContact information
Bournemouth Lighthouse Theatre, Poole Tuesday 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.

AreaVenueDayTimeContact information
Weymouth 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!

AreaVenueDayTimeContact information
Dorchester Various across Dorchester Various Various 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!

AreaVenueDayTimeContact Information
Christchurch Twynham School, Sopers Lane, Christchurch BH23 1JF Saturday

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.

AreaGroupVenueDayTimeContact Information
Christchurch Coda Beginner Jazz Ensemble Acoustic Room at Coda Music Centre, Chewton Farm Road, Walkford, Christchurch, Dorset
BH23 5QL
Tuesday 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Please call or email for further information.

Tel: 01425 276161


Christchurch Coda Kids Ukulele Band Friday 4.45pm to 5.45pm
Christchurch Coda Wind Ensemble   Saturday
12.45pm to 1.45pm


Coda Saturday Rock School 10.30am to 12.30pm

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.

AreaGroupVenueDayTimeContact Information
Christchurch Funky Little Choir The Royal British Legion, 61-63 Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1QR Monday

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

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.

AreaGroupVenueDayTimeContact Information
Bournemouth Vocal Impact Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth BH11 8NE Thursday

6.30pm to 8pm

Name: Sam Adams


Vocal Impact

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.

AreaGroupVenueDayTimeContact Information
Dorchester Show Choir/Music Theatre

Herrison Hall, Sherren Ave, Charlton Down, Dorchester DT2 9UA

Monday 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Franz Atkinson

Dynamix Brass

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.

AreaGroupVenueDayTimeContact Information
Bournemouth/Poole Dynamix Brass Aim Central, Kinson Road, Bournemouth BH10 5HD Mondays 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Lloyd Bartlett

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.

AreaGroupVenueDayTimeContact Information
Bournemouth/Poole Dynamix Children's Choir Kinson Methodist Church, 1330 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth BH10 7AW Thursdays 5.55pm to 6.40pm

Darren Bartlett

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