Woman playing violin

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.

Chelmsford’s Music Centre, based in The Sandon School, is available to any young person aged 5-18 years old to learn a musical instrument, perform in a range of music groups and choirs and take part in fun theory classes. It is accessible for all young musicians based in or near Chelmsford.

To find out how to join this thriving Music Centre, information on financial assistance and details on the next Open Event, please contact:-

          Andy HeardTeacher in Charge. 07827 233605 Andy.Heard@essex.gov.uk

For general information about the Chelmsford Music Centre please click here

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Chelmsford Community Music Centre’s recent Open Evening was held on 1 May 2019. It offered new students the chance to drop in to participate in African Drumming, Choirs, Instrumental groups, Ukuleles, Rock Bands and more.

Andy Heard, Chelmsford Music Centre’s Teacher in Charge said “It was great to meet lots of new young musicians at the open event.  They all took part in the music groups and many have signed up to join the centre permanently.   Essex Music Education Hub subsidises all the tuition in the music centres meaning that studying here is extremely good value for money and we are able to offer additional help for families on a low income – it is truly accessible for all”.

Music Groups at the Centre There are various music groups available for all young musicians. Additionally, Essex Youth Jazz Sextet directed by Martin Hathaway is the Music Centre’s group–in-residence. The Sextet is in demand for functions and charity events with its high quality music making.

Also based at the Music Centre is Essex Youth Chamber Choir that rehearses with  its conductor, Simon Warne. This group plays a variety of music from Eric Whitacre to popular classics such as “You’ve Got a Friend” in 4-part arrangements.  The aim of the choir is to support choral development, improve sight-singing and take part in Vocal Musicianship classes at the centre.