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Please note we are in the process of editing our website to update information about our services. In the meantime, if you are considering instrumental/vocal lessons or ensembles for your child, please contact the music office to talk through your options.


Parents' Evening for all students receiving instrumental and vocal lessons

Wednesday 4 March  4-8pm
Music Centre
(former Abbey Middle School)
Contact your child's instrumental teacher to book and appointment.
We will be pleased to see you!


Forthcoming Events

A list of forthcoming events can be seen below.  You can click the thumbnails to see details of each event.


Band Bonanza
Band Bonanza event

Music Gala Awards
Music Gala


Massed Middle Schools' Concert
Massed Middle School concert

Massed Upper Schools' concert
Massed Upper concert


Have you considered joining an ensemble?

Here are  great opportunities for you!  You can click the thumbnails below to see details of each event

Bedford CHildren's Choir
Childrens Choir

Percussion ensemble
Percussion Ensemble


Bionic brass
Bionic Brass

Saturday Morning Music Centre
Saturday Morning Music classes


"What's On" brochure 2013 - 2014

Please see below for all that's on offer from September 2014 and an overview of our success this year!

What's On - Music lessons brochure 2013-14


Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles

We run many instrumental days, massed concerts and other opportunities and events. See our ‘What’s On’ brochure on our website www.bedford.gov.uk/music

There is SO much for every age group to get involved in!


New for September

Bedford Children’s Choir
Thursdays during term time
For children in years 3-8

‘P2’ Percussion Ensemble
Day and time to be confirmed for children with great interest in learning to play and gig in a group

Intermediate String Ensemble
Fridays during term time
5- 6.30pm
for string players grades 3-5

Bionic Brass Recording Group
Wednesdays 4-5pm during term time
For one term only recording for a video
beginner brass- Pbones, trombones, horns, baritones, cornets, trumpets
Venue-Cotton End Primary, but open to all beginner brass players

Contemporary master class series for:
Rock, Indie, Soul, Reggae and Funk
25 places available for guitar, keys, drums, bass, vocals
8 master classes throughout the year starting in November
Tuesdays 4:15-6pm
£10 per master class
Kings of Leon, ACDC, Oasis, Green Day, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rolling Stones and others....

We also run the following weekly groups at our Music Centre: Abbey Middle School

North Beds Youth Chamber Orchestra
Fridays during term time
For string and wind players grades 6+

Big Band
Fridays during term time
5 -6.30pm
For children and adults. Grades 5+

‘P1’ Percussion Ensemble
Mondays during term time
5 -6.30pm
For children with experience of playing and gigging

Saturday Morning Music Centre
Saturdays in term time
Children - Adults  -  Families  - Concerts  - Instrument Try Outs - Family Days - Tuck Shop
Beginner and intermediate recorder, guitars, ukulele and keyboards, junior + senior choir, jazz band, concert band, junior string group, orchestral training group, rock ‘n’ soul band, beginner instrumental group, kindermusik (ages 3-5), theory + aural lessons, Arts Award.

Music for Bedford Borough Annual Highlights

The National Festival of Music for Youth was a great success. Our Junior Performance Choir were invited to perform at the Fringe Festival in Birmingham and both the strings and wind ensembles of the North Beds Youth Chamber Orchestra progressed in the competition to the finals in Birmingham. The Wind Dectet performed exceptionally well and was awarded one of the two top awards for their session, the 'Performance Practice Award'.

Our new Big Band has been rehearsing hard every Friday evening, has built up its repertoire and has now had a term full of gigs – all being received well. Among them were great performances at The Ent Shed and the Abbey School Closing Celebration in the presence of the Mayor.

Our new events, the Massed Upper Schools’ Concert and the Massed Middle Schools’ Concert were great successes, with many schools participating at The King’s House, Ampthill Road. Singing traditional and contemporary songs (such as We Found Love in a Hopeless Place and Kyrie Eleison from A Little Jazz Mass) and accompanied by a live rock band, orchestral instrumentalists and backing vocalists, these new concerts were very well received by all schools and audiences.

The Upper Schools’ Battle of the Bands event that was held in the spring at The Stables, Milton Keynes, was amazing. There were 19 band entries, varying in style from heavy rock to folk. Redborne band were well deserved winners, but the whole event had such a feel of success about it – great atmosphere with sponsorship from Marshalls and The Sound Garage.

North Beds Youth Chamber Orchestra. In addition to participating in and doing so well in the National Festival of Music for Youth, they have also held regular end of term concerts and visited three middle schools in one day to delight children with their music which included Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.

Music Hub Gala Awards Evening was held at the Corn Exchange. This was a new event  that recognised the exceptional achievements of students, schools, music staff and volunteers. Some of the year’s top performances were heard whilst cups and shields were presented.

Master class series – exceptional teaching and learning in singing, brass, percussion and strings took place this year for gifted students who learnt advanced playing techniques and who were inspired by professional playing at supporting concert trips to see London Community Gospel Choir at The Stables and The Royal Marines at The Royal Albert Hall.

Sing On. 1,500 year 3s enjoyed singing great songs at the Corn Exchange, which this year included soloists and elements of dance and drama. There were standing ovations form bumper audiences on the 5 nights.

Wider Opps Play Days 1,200 year 4 pupils this year learnt instruments for 15 weeks from scratch – most of whom came together in the King’s Arms, Ampthill Road for one of two Play Days (in February and July). Amazing standards were reached by these beginners with many choosing to carry on playing. Popular were our new instruments: pbones, clarineos(small plastic trombones and clarinets)and ukuleles.

Teacher Demo Tours. MfBB teachers visited 30 schools and performed to thousands of children, demonstrating instruments and encouraging take up. Schools really appreciated the holistic approach of demonstrating all instruments together – rock, orchestral and keyboard. Playing Bach followed by One Direction certainly had an impact – they were great fun and very well received.

Instrumental Days – Fiddle Fiestas x 3, Band Bonanza, Keyboard Capers, Guitar Fiesta, Viola Day – all involved thousands of pupils and were enjoyed by all. Some students choose to attend just these annual events, but many are inspired (and able) also to attend weekly ensembles that take place in their schools, or at the Music Centre.

Bedfordshire Music Trust Holiday Courses – hundreds of string, brass, woodwind and percussion players joined like-minded children from across Bedfordshire to enjoy rehearsals and concerts. New for this year was the reforming of Bedfordshire Youth Choir (14yrs+) and Youth Opera (14-26yrs).

Bedford Festival of Music, Speech & Drama. Many teachers entered instrumental soloists, duets and ensembles. Congratulations to the many who won their classes, including our Percussion Ensemble, ‘P1’.

Saturday Morning Music Centre. With regular classes and end of term concerts, attendees steadily rose throughout the year. Well received were new classes in theory of music and aural, ukulele and kindermusik (ages 3-5) and new activities: family days, fetes and instrumental try outs.

Early Riser’s Choir has had an exceptionally busy year flying the flag for our adult learners with many performances, including a wonderful concert at Knutsford Hall.


What’s On Music Brochure – 2013/2014


Instrumental Lessons

Fees, Charges & How To Pay


What's On

Offer to Schools

New Initiatives

Music Mentors

Teaching Week Calendar

Photo Gallery


Contact Us

Terms and Conditions


Music for Bedford Borough

Abbey Middle School
MK42 9XA
Tel: 01234 718 088
Email: music@bedford.gov.uk
Web: www.bedford.gov.uk/music


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