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 Westmorland & Furness 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.


From September 2023, we are bringing all of our Kendal Music Centre activities together under one roof at Ghyllside Primary School on Tuesdays after school. Join as many Music Centre groups as you like, for one membership fee!

These groups link into the opportunities offered by Hub partners Westmorland Youth Orchestra, where you can progress into more advanced groups. 

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Kendal Music Minis

Tuesdays 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 when you apply online

Kendal Music Makers

Tuesdays 5-6pm

• A fun and accessible creative music making club for children aged 7-12

• 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

• Back for Autumn Term with even MORE instruments to try!

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

Kendal Young Strings

Tuesdays 4.30-5.30

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 Wind 

Tuesdays 5.30-6.30

We welcome young players who can play and read their first 5 notes. We perform at least three concerts a year for friends and family. 

From Beginners to Grade 2.

Instrumental Lessons (Direct Tuition)


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


Ghyllside Primary School, Gillinggate, Kendal LA9 4JB

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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. 

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.

Whole Class Learners
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 Young Strings and Wind (or both!)

Membership Fees

  • There is 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. 
  • Don't let cost be a barrier - contact us to find out how we can help.

Annual Membership: 

£48.00 first child (that's just £1.60 per week, £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?  email

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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.