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Learn as you Play

GM’s adult music programme

Always longed to play a musical instrument?
Can’t find a tutor or instrument?
Used to play and want to return to music making?

Gloucestershire has a varied and rich heritage of music making for all ages.  From brass bands, wind bands, string ensembles and orchestras to choirs and folk groups, there are literally hundreds of groups you can join. 

But what if you have always wanted to play a musical instrument but have not had the chance?  Well GM can offer you just that.  Gloucestershire Music (LA Music Service) offers a range of groups where you can ‘Learn As You Play’ or Sing.

Some of our F.A.M.E. and LAYP Musicians will be invited to perform at one of our concerts at the Stroud Subscription Rooms in December.

LAYP at Brookfield Music Centre (BMC)

BMC meet at Sir Thomas Rich's School (Gloucester) each Saturday morning during school term time, and offers a range of musical activities for young musicians and adults.  Young musicians who are in their first few weeks or months of learning can attend for free via our F.A.M.E. academy whilst more advanced young musicians can attend string ensembles, wind and brass groups, bands, jazz groups, orchestras, choirs and theory lessons.  There are now opportunities for adults to join a new ‘Learn As You Play Ensemble’.  Sessions cost £5 a week paid via our music card scheme.  LAYP is free to current GM music card members.  Instrument hire can be arranged. You can find out more details about BMC via this link

BMC offer woodwind, brass and strings LAYP adult sessions from 11:45 - 12:30. 

GM is looking for the next generation of adult musicians and is offering them the opportunity to learn an instrument. We would like to see if there is enough interest to run a session on a Saturday morning from April 2019. Sessions will take place from 11:45 - 12:30 if interest is sufficient.

LAYP at Five Valleys Music Centre (FVMC)

Five Valleys Music Centre
FVMC meet at Archway School each Saturday morning and offers a range of musical activities for adults. There is theory support, an adult choir and a new ‘Learn As You Play Ensemble’ for those wishing to learn a woodwind, brass or string instrument.

Sessions will cost £5 a week paid via our music card scheme.

FVMC to offer woodwind, brass and strings LAYP adult sessions from 11:45 - 12:30.

Expressions of interest
If you would like to put your name down then please email (with your name and instruments you are interested in) Steve Legge at steve.legge@gloucestershire.gov.uk by Friday 15th February so we can ascertain if we have enough interest to proceed. 

FVMC details can be found here

BRASS & WOODWIND LESSONS at Lakeside Concert Band (LCB)

LCB meet on Thursday evenings at Lakeside Primary School and has a thriving membership of over 40 adults who have all started through our LAYP scheme.  LCB are now offering brass and some woodwind (clarinet, saxophone, flute) lessons for adults on Thursday evenings. Sessions cost £5 a week paid via our music card scheme.  LAYP is free to current GM music card members.  Instrument hire can be arranged.  You can find out more details about LCB via this link

Steven Legge (Extended Learning & Provisions Manager - Gloucestershire Music) said:  we run no less than 16 weekly music centres, band and orchestras for musicians of all ages and abilities.  Membership to our groups benefit from expert tuition, visits from professional musicians and performances at venues including Royal Northern College of Music, Cheltenham Town Hall and the iconic Royal Albert Hall.   We hope our LAYP scheme will encourage many more adults to take up an instrument and make music together.

Extra resources and support just for you

Extra free printed resources can be found here. There are skills awards which track your progress and different levels of tutor books to compliment your own.  We have also added some Christmas carols to entertain family and friends.

YouTube is a great resource for finding tips and advice.  GM has created their own series of YouTube videos called GET PLAYING. Click here to find out more. Once on YouTube click on the play list you require: either woodwind, percussion, strings or brass.

Need to hire an Instrument 

Did you use to play?  Why not dust off that old clarinet or trombone and come along.  We can arrange instrument hire if needed.  Our hire scheme can offer a range of instruments are a low hire cost.  Follow this link for full details 

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