Music Services

Barrow Music Centre

Barrow Music Centre has something for all ages and abilities, with no need to have your own instrument – just come along and join in!

Led by expert tutors from Westmorland & Furness Music Service and supported by funding from Cumbria Music Hub, we work with you to explore creativity and develop skills in a fun, friendly and supportive environment.


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Barrow Music Minis

Mondays 4 -5pm 

Explore songs, movement and instruments for children aged 4-7

  • Develop music, language and co-ordination skills with our expert music leaders
  • NEW for autumn 2023 
  • Try your first session for free - just tick the box on when you apply online

Barrow Music Makers 

Mondays 5-6pm with Isobel Mortimer & Rob Duesbury

A new creative music making club for KS2 children aged 7-11

  • Create music together and have fun exploring different musical activities and instruments 
  • You don't need to play an instrument already, but you can bring one along if you do 
  • New for Summer 2023 - with more opportunities to come in Autumn term! 
  • Try your first session for free - just tick the box on when you apply online

Carnival Band 

Mondays 6-7pm

Starting in summer 2024. Always wanted to play in a band? Here’s your chance!

• Inspired by the samba carnival bands of Brazil: energetic, bright and LOUD!

• Learn to play together, practise and perform music from all over the world

• Parts for everyone – no need to read music notation. Bring your instrument along, or use one of ours!

• Aimed at ages 10-16, but speak to us if your child is outside this range

• Try your first session for free - just tick the box when you apply online

Instrumental Lessons (Direct Tuition)

We have a small number of places for Guitar, Keyboard and Woodwind lessons. Find out more


The Forum, Barrow LA14 1HH 

Barrow Music Centre
Progression Routes

Progression is built in to our Music Centre Activites, and all young Musicians are encouraged to progress through the groups on their musical journeys. 

There are also a large range of other Music Hub partner activities for you to join, including County Youth Orchestras for more advanced players.

Whole class learners (First Access)
Currently learning an instrument with our First Access/WCET scheme in school? Speak to your teacher about bringing your instrument along – choose between Music Makers and Carnival Band (or both!)

Membership Fees

  • We apply an annual membership fee for each Music Centre attended. 
  • Children and young people can join as many groups as they wish within the Music Centre. 
  • Fee remissions are available for eligible children. 

Annual Membership: 

£48.00 first child, £30.00 second child, £25.00 for third and subsequent children. 

Fee Remissions: 

Pupils in receipt of Free School Meals are entitled to a 50% discount on fees, while all Looked After Children can attend free of charge. 


We will take your payment for the Annual Fee via the Stripe Payment gateway. If you need an alternative way to pay, please contact us

How to join

Register Online
  • Apply via our online form. 
  • Most of our ensembles welcome new players throughout the year. 
  • Registration for Ensembles is renewed each academic year. 

Your child can come along for a trial session if you are interested in joining our Ensembles. Please register using our online form and tick 'Free Trial First Session'.


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Can I join later in the year? Yes, we accept applications throughout the year and welcome new players into our groups throughout the year.


Where can I find out more information?  Telephone: 01900 706089

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Instrumental Lessons (Direct Tuition)

We are also offering a limited number of instrumental lessons from September 2023. Subject to sufficient interest, lessons will be £5 for a 30-minute weekly lesson in a small group.

Instruments are available to hire from the Music Service for an additional fee (reductions available).

Explore and develop your musical skills on your chosen instrument with our specialist teachers. Our teachers are trained and supported to enable children of all abilities to progress their musical interests and talents.

We encourage everyone to take up lessons in school if they are available, but we understand this is not possible everywhere.

Instruments currently on offer:

Guitar, Keyboard, Woodwind (recorder/flute/clarinet/saxophone). If you are interested in a different instrument, let us know.

To express your interest in instrumental lessons, please email with your child’s name, age, school (if applicable) and preferred instrument. If sufficient numbers are reached, we will confirm lessons via email and booking form.