North Cumbria

Carlisle Music Centre

Where: Trinity School, Carlisle
When: Thursdays during term time 4.45-8pm

Ensemble Groups

We welcome absolute beginners to join our ensemble groups for Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. We also offer a String group which welcomes new players. There will be opportunities to progress into the Carlisle Youth Concert Band and Cumbria Youth Orchestra.


Carlisle Youth Concert Band

Carlisle Youth Concert Band welcomes more experience young woodwind, brass and percussion musicians of about grade 4 and above (no formal grade exams are required – please call or email if you’d like advice).


Guitar Group


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Cumbria Folk Academy and Ensemble

Where: The Old Fire Station, Carlisle

When: Tuesdays after school (3.30, 4.10 or 4.50pm)

Run in partnership by Gael Music and Cumbria Music Education Hub, the Folk Academy helps young musicians to research and find their own tunes, develop their musical talents and benefit from free weekly lessons, an instrument bank and group performances throughout the coming school year. Tuition covers clasarch harp, wooden flute, melodeon and fiddle. With funding from Youth Music.


Brampton Community Orchestra

Where: Brampton Community Centre

When: Tuesday evenings 7—9pm

The orchestra is now well into its fourth year and has core of about 30 players ranging in age from 10 to 80 odd. As always, we are never satisfied and welcome players of all orchestral instruments of about grade 5 level and above.

We play for fun, but of course we will strive for the best possible result.

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Carlisle Musical Society

Where: Morton Community Centre, Carlisle

When: Friday evenings

The Society is always happy to have new members. Members pay a nominal annual subscription. We produce a spring show and a December concert each year.

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Carlisle Cantate Children’s Choir

Carlisle Cantate

Where: Carlisle Cathedral Fratry

When: Thursday evenings 6.15-7.30pm

The choir is open to all children aged 7-13 years without auditions. The choir is run by members of the Cathedral’s professional music staff, and sings a programme of mainly secular music in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

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BlueJam Improv Choir

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Where: Community Hut, Brampton
When: Wednesday 7-9pm

The idea is to be able to create our own version of the songs we like and also to start from scratch using our ideas to create a piece.

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Carlisle Folk Sessions

Where: Spinners Arms, Carlisle
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month 8.30pm onwards

Dalston Cobweb Orchestra

Cobweb Orchestra

Where: Dalston Victory Hall
When: Monday 7.30-9.30pm
We’re a friendly group welcoming players of all ages and abilities to play a wide-ranging reportoire.

Brampton Folk Sessions

Where: The Howard Arms, Brampton
When: 3rd Tuesday of the month 8.30pm onwards

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