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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.

FVMC Director’s Update September 2018

Welcome back to all our returning members and welcome to those new!

Important info/dates for this term:

Saturday 29th September - Please be aware that there is a new floor being laid in the main building corridor. Therefore you will need to enter via the school’s Student Services entrance on that morning.

Saturday 6th October - Bring your friends to centre morning!

As this is GM’s open week, at FVs we are giving away 2 free biscuits or a free donut at break time for every visitor you bring with you!!

Watch this space! ­- We are in communications with the cellist from the Carducci Quartet about having a visit from them at centre, which is hugely exciting!

Saturday 1st December - As last year, the FVMC choirs - both adult and children, have been invited to perform alongside the Nailsworth Silver Band. This is an evening event with more details to follow, but for those who attended last year, it will be a very similar format.

Saturday 15th December - This year our Christmas Concert is going to be held at ARCHWAY SCHOOL during normal MORNING times, not in the afternoon as originally stated in the GM dates. Again, full details to follow soon.

I am looking forward to another great term ahead. Katrina Wyndow : )


For rehearsal dates visit the GM Calendar


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 a pieces that they have been working on during FVMC concerts. 

FAME 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.

FAME members can also attend the centre youth choir, recorder ensemble or theory prior to their session. This runs from 9.30-10.15 and is open to all youth members of the centre, whatever their experience.


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 soley for their abilities, as well as combining with the centres principal members when separated into Strings and Wind Ensembles. At this level, members can also choose to develop their theory knowledge, join the centre youth choir or the recorder ensemble.


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, Recorder Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Theory.  

 Five Double Basses and one missing!




We hold centre concerts throughout the year to showcase all members and ensembles. These opportunitues 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 15th December.




Katrina Wyndow (Director) - Principal Orchestra & Recorder Ensemble

Mark Coldrick - Percussion Tutor

Neil Southgate - Brass Tutor & Recorder Ensemble

Richard Fitton-Perkins - Training Orchestra, Strings Tutor and Jazz Band Leader

Cathryn Mitchell - Woodwind Tutor and Choir Accompanist

Zoe Hynes - Vocal Tutor

Hugh Blogg - Adult LAYP Leader, Theory & Strings Tutor.

Jenny Steele - Director of Five Valleys Adult Wind Band

Paula Gannaway - 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: stroudfivevalleysmusiccentre@gmail.com

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