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Five Valley's Music Centre (FVMC)

A great place to learn and develop as a musician, for all ages, Five Valleys Music Centre (FVMC) offers many opportunities to children and adults who play musical instruments and/or sing. The Centre has orchestras, choirs, wind bands, string groups, a jazz band, folk group and much more! These enable members to experience the exciting feeling of playing in large ensembles as an extension to lessons and the musical activities in schools.

Session Timetable from September 2019

Jazz Band

FAME Academy  (First Access Music Ensemble) for beginning Strings, Brass and Woodwind players.

FREE ensemble lessons for students in their first year of learning.

FAME Academy is our introductory level group.  They are a lively and inclusive group who are developing their musical and note reading skills in preparation for progression into the other centre ensembles.  FAME Academy may perform pieces that they have been working on as part of the FVMC concerts. 

F.A.M.E. Academy welcome anyone who has been involved in a Wider Opportunities, First Access or Whole Class Music scheme through their schools as well as individuals who have been learning at home.  It doesn't matter if you only know 5 notes on your instrument or if you can't read music as the staff at FAME Academy can teach you all you need to know.

FAME Academy Runs from 10.15 - 11.15am.


Training Ensembles - Grades 1-3

The next level within the centre after FAME is our Training section. Members at this level learn in an Orchestra suited to their abilities, as well as combining with the centre's principal members when separated into Strings and Wind Ensembles. At this level, members can also choose to develop their theory knowledge or join the centre youth choir.


Principal Ensembles - Grades 4+

Principal members of the centre combine with the training members to form our centre wind band and string ensembles. The principal members alone then form our flagship group, the Principal Orchestra. 

Running alongside these main groups, principal members also have options of a Jazz Band, Centre Choir and Theory.  

 Five Double Basses and one missing!




We hold centre concerts throughout the year to showcase all members and ensembles. These opportunities include both informal performances within the centre and more formal events held externally. Some are separate youth and adult performances, others are combined events.

Our next performance will be on Saturday 7th December 2019.




Our team from September 2019

Paul Kenward - Director

Mark Coldrick - Percussion Tutor

Neil Southgate - Brass Tutor

Richard Fitton Perkins - Strings Tutor

Zoe Hynes - Vocal Tutor

Hugh Blogg - Strings Tutor

Dawn Oldham - Music Centre Administrator. 


For details of costs and how to join click here


Five Valley's is held at

Archway School, Paganhill, Stroud. GL5 4AX

Tel: 01452 330300
Email: glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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