Music Services

Kendal Music Centre

Kendal Music Centre is for all young musicians, whatever standard, to create and perform music as part of a group. Led by expert tutors from the Music Service and supported by funding from Cumbria Music Hub, we work with you to improve your group playing and music reading skills in a fun, friendly and supportive environment.


We currently have 3 groups which meet after school. Young Strings meet on Mondays, Music Makers on Tuesdays and Young Wind on Wednesdays. These Music Service groups link into the opportunities offered by our partners at Westmorland Youth Orchestra, where you can progress into more advanced groups. 

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Kendal Young Strings

Mondays 4.30-5.30pm with Debby Howrie 

We welcome beginner violin, viola, cello, and double bass players who can play and read their first scale. We perform three concerts a year to friends and family.

From Beginners to Grade 2.

Kendal Young Winds 

Wednesdays 4.00-4.45pm with Isobel Mortimer

We welcome young woodwind, brass, keyboard, and percussion players who can play and read their first 5 notes. We perform at least three concerts a year. 

From Beginners (who can play 5 notes) to Grade Two.

Kendal Music Makers 

Tuesdays 5-6pm with Isobel Mortimer

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


Young Wind and Strings: Ghyllside Primary School, Gillinggate, Kendal LA9 4JB

Music Makers: Brewery Arts Centre, Malt Room

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Progression Routes

From our junior groups there are opportunities to progress into the Westmorland Youth Orchestra Training Strings, Windband, and the main Westmorland Youth Orchestra. 

There are also a large range of other Music Hub partner activities for you to join.

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. 

Music Makers Summer Term Membership: £16

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

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  • 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: 01228 226846

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