Groups to Join
Kendal Music Centre
When: Mondays and Thursdays during term time
Kendal Young Windband
Ghyllside Primary School
Tutor: Liz Crompton
We welcome woodwind, brass and percussion players from primary schools who can play and read your first scale. We perform at least three concerts a year and sometimes work together with The Queen Katherine School Windband.
Kendal Young Strings
Stramongate Primary School
Tutor: 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.
Westmorland Youth Orchestra
Where: Castle Street Youth Centre, Kendal
When: Friday 7-9.30pm in term time
The Westmorland Youth Orchestra is an orchestra of about 50 young people from the South Lakeland area, aged between 12-18. We play new pieces that have been especially composed for the orchestra, music from classical composers, and also older music going back a few hundred years. We usually present 3 concerts each year.Find out more
Where: Stricklandgate Methodist Church, Kendal
Amabile is a family of three choirs for girls offering excellent tuition and performance experience, concerts, competitions, festivals, workshops and masterclasses. Amabile has toured abroad to Germany, Belgium, Washington DC, Provence, Thessaloniki, Ontario Canada and New York State and appeared on the BBC in Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year and Songs of Praise!
- Piccolo Group (ages 5-6)
- Poco Amabile (ages 7- approx 13)
- Amabile Girls’ Choir (ages approx 13-19)
Where: Burneside Cricket club
When: Thursday evening 7.30-9.30
Burneside Brass is a brass ‘contesting’ band based near Kendal. We have a junior Academy Band which meets weekly.
The band works with young musicians who have already had some experience of playing a brass instrument at school through the First Access programme, and wish to progress to the next stage of learning and playing. Complete beginners are also welcome and instruments can be made available.
Where: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
When: Thursday 10:15 – 11:00
BYM BAM with Amy Boud
Music Making for toddlers, every Thursday in term time
£3.50 per session
Come and sing fun songs brought to life with puppets, props and movement. Get creative exploring sounds and playing instruments, and experience a new ‘mystery instrument’ each week!
Find out more
Flutes & Co Orchestra
Where: Castle Street Centre, Kendal
When: 6-8 every 2nd Sunday of the month throughout the year
We’re an active & friendly bunch of flute players, always looking for new members – age is not important! Flutes & Co Orchestra welcomes players from Grade 3/4, with the opportunity to progress to the ensemble
Players get the chance to play alto, bass and contra bass flutes and perform in at least 2 concerts a year. We currently have about 30 members from all over Cumbria and North Lancs.Find out more
Hawkshead Wind Band
Where: Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School Hall
When: Friday 6.30 – 7.30pm during term time
We are an amateur music-making group with wind players of all ages (currently 9-55+yrs) and all abilities meeting regularly to rehearse and perform.
Find out more: tel 015394 36100
Milnthorpe Steel Band
Where: The Creative Confectionary Company, Carnforth
When: Tuesday 5.30-7.00pm
South Lakes own community Steel Band – we welcome new members from age 8 upwards. Musical ability not necessary.Find out more
Sedbergh Town Band
Where: Sedbergh Primary School
When: Saturdays 10-11am during term time
Welcoming any budding brass player – whatever your ability. The band plays full pieces of ensemble music, can have instrument sectional rehearsals, and one-on-one tuition allowing every enthusiastic youth player to progress.Find out more
Where: Castle Street, Kendal
When: Tuesdays 7.30-9.30
We also have an open session on the second Tuesday of each month at Hawkshead Brewery in Stavely.Find out more