About ensembles

Making music with other people is what it’s all about for musicians. We have groups for young people on Saturday mornings, Sunday afternoons and during the holidays.

We usually audition people to make sure we suggest the right group for them. Auditions happen in the summer term, but we can sometimes fit them in at other times in the year.

When a group rehearses, it’s important that everyone is there. We expect group members to attend every rehearsal unless they are ill or at an important family or school event.

If we are not able to run the sessions in person because of Covid19, sessions will resume online with tutors.

Safeguarding policy for ensembles

Camden Concert Band

About Camden Concert Band

Go to Spring 2021 Rehearsal Dates

Concert Band rehearses every two weeks on Sunday afternoons.

Cost £115 per year paid in two instalments.

  • currently it has 21 woodwind, brass and percussion players at Grades 4 to 8 level, aged between 12 and 18
  • recent performances include at the British Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and on tour.
  • membership of the Camden Concert Band is usually by audition in the Summer term. It is sometimes possible for players to join in mid-term

Apply online to join Camden Music Service ensembles

Spring 2021 Rehearsal Dates

In the Spring term 2021,

Venue: St. Paul’s Church, Camden Square, NW1 9XG or online.

Sunday 17 January All members  3-4.30pm online  
Sunday 31 January All members  3-4.30pm online  
Sunday 28 February Band 1  2-3.30pm live or 3-4.30pm online Band 2  4-5.30pm live or 3-4.30pm online
Sunday 14 March Band 1  2-3.30pm live or 3-4.30pm online Band 2  4-5.30pm live or 3-4.30pm online
Sunday 28 March Band 1  2-3.30pm live or 3-4.30pm online Band 2  4-5.30pm live or 3-4.30pm online

 

Weekend Music Courses

We have four weekend music courses each year, where pupils 6–18 can make music with their friends. The courses take place at Camden School for Girls or online.

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Apply online to join Camden Music Service ensembles

Our weekend music courses are:

  • SuperGroups
  • Camden Guitars
  • Camden Philharmonia and Camden Concertante
  • Camden Philharmonic Band 
  • Camden Percussion Ensemble
  • Camden Youth Orchestra

Camden SuperGroups

The SuperGroups are: SuperStrings, SuperBlast!, SuperToot, SuperStrike and SuperStrum. These are ensembles for players of violin, viola, cello, bass, brass, woodwind, percussion, piano and guitar.  Members have been learning for more than a term and can read some music (or tab/chord symbols for guitarists).

There are no auditions for the SuperGroups – everyone who plays an instrument is welcome. Most pupils in the Supergroups are at primary school.

Camden Guitars

Camden Guitar Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble are for guitarists who have been learning for at least a year. They play both classical and electric instruments, and can read either notation or tab.

Membership is by audition or invitation, and the ensembles welcome players of a variety of guitar styles. They offer specially written parts to accommodate different techniques.

Camden Philharmonia and Camden Concertante

These string ensembles are for violinists, violists, cellists and bass players who play at Grades 1 to 5. Music is specially arranged for the groups for each course. Pupils at primary school play in the Philharmonia,. Concertante is for secondary school students, and membership is usually by audition or invitation

Camden Philharmonic Band

The Philharmonic Band is for brass, woodwind and percussion players playing at Grade 3 and above. Membership is by audition or invitation

Camden Percussion Ensemble

Members of the percussion ensemble play in a group together. They also form the percussion sections of the Philharmonic Band and Youth Orchestra, so they are kept pretty busy. Membership is by audition or invitation. Members play at a range of different standards. All have percussion or drum kit lessons, and can read notation.

Camden Youth Orchestra

The Camden Youth Orchestra rehearses for four intensive weekends per year. This is usually at the start of the Autumn and Spring half-term, in January and early in the Summer term. The orchestra undertakes a tour every two years, and the tour orchestra rehearses over the May half-term weekend.

Camden Youth Orchestra performs at major London venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and LSO St Luke’s.

Membership of the orchestra is by audition in the Summer term, and members play at Grade 4 standard and above. Most members are aged 12–18.

February 2021 Dates

Friday 12 February (all except CYO strings) 5pm-8pm online
Saturday 13 February 9.30am-4pm online
Sunday 14 February 9.30am-4pm online
Monday 15 February (CYO strings only) 9.30am-3pm online

 

April 2021 Dates

Friday 16 April (all except CYO strings) 5pm-8pm
Saturday 17 April 9.30am-4pm
Sunday 18 April 9.30am-4pm

 

May 2021 Dates

Friday 28 May (all except CYO strings) 5pm-8pm
Saturday 29 May (all except CYO strings) 9.30am-4pm
Sunday 30 May (all except CYO strings) 9.30am-4pm

Camden Youth Jazz Band

About Camden Youth Jazz Band

Camden Youth Jazz Band (CYJB) rehearse every two weeks on Sunday afternoons. Membership is by audition only. The cost is £138 per year paid in two instalments.

  • Currently it has about 17 members playing saxophone, trumpet, trombone. There is also a rhythm section, keyboard, drums, bass guitar and electric guitar
  • all members are at Grades 6 to 8 level
  • performances have included at LSO St Luke’s, The Jazz Café, the Royal Albert Hall
  • the jazz band has undertaken tours, including to Lithuania, the Rhineland and Leipzig

Apply online to join Camden Music Service ensembles

Go to Spring 2021 Rehearsal Dates

Spring term 2021 Dates

Venue: St. Paul’s Church, Camden Square, NW1 9XG or online.

Sunday 24 January 3-4.30pm online
Sunday 7 February 3-4.30pm online
Sunday 7 March 3-5.30pm live or 3-4.30pm online
Sunday 21 March 3-5.30pm live or 3-4.30pm online