Essex Music Service runs a network of community music centres throughout the County where young musicians of any experience can play together in bands, music groups and sing in choirs.

Wickford Community Music Centre (WCMC) which offers a range of one-to-one music tuition including voice, guitar, cello, piano, violin, viola, recorder, flute, saxophone, drums, ukulele, cornet, trumpet, French horn, E flat horn, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, keyboard, clarinet, with ensembles only packages starting from £50.00 per term .

WCMC also offers a variety of music groups including Vocal Group, Theory Group, Recorder Group, Instrumental Ensemble and there are plans to introduce a Dood band shortly. Providing an excellent opportunity for children to practise and reinforce what they have learnt in individual lessons, work as a group, have fun and make friends, promoting positive social and emotional wellbeing whilst they learn and get creative.

WCMC is for all children and young people in the Wickford area. WCMC tutors use a range of approaches to music lessons and are experienced working with children with additional needs.

Beverley Heard, Ensembles Lead Officer said: “Wickford Community Music Centre is a friendly and supportive place for learn a new instrument or develop new skills.  The Dood Band will give children aged 7-11 to receive specialist music tuition and at just £4 per week, it excellent value for money!”

The end of the summer term is marked with a concert for all those pupils wishing to take part.

Natasha Sims (pictured below) – Natasha has been coming to the Music Centre for several years now. Although she attends Fitzwimarc school in Rayleigh, she makes the journey to Wickford as she enjoys what the Music Centre has to offer. As well as having her Flute lesson she also takes part in the Instrumental Ensemble and Theory session. This has helped her considerably with the GCSE Music course that she is currently studying.