About weekend and holiday courses

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 value the commitment our young people make in coming to every rehearsal. This helps the groups reach their highest standard.

If we are unable to run the sessions in person because of Covid19, sessions will take place online.

Please see separate sections for more information, costs and term dates.

Apply online to join Camden Sunday and holiday groups

Terms and conditions (PDF)

Costs, term dates and how to apply

Costs for each group

The costs are based on membership for the year. Help is available if your child receives free school meals.

The May course is for pupils who have never attended and would like to try before signing up for the year. For all other groups the annual fee is payable, even if you are not able to attend all sessions.

May taster weekend (new members) £58.80 for 1 weekend
Supergroups (junior music for all instruments) £235.20 (3 payments of £78.40)
Philharmonia (strings) £235.20 (3 payments of £78.40)
Concertante (strings) £235.20 (3 payments of £78.40)
Philharmonic Band (brass, woodwind, percussion) £235.20 (3 payments of £78.40)
Camden Guitars £235.20 (3 payments of £78.40)
Camden Percussion £235.20 (3 payments of £78.40)
Camden Youth Orchestra £273.30 (3 payments of £91.10)
Camden Concert Band (brass, woodwind, percussion) £117.60 (2 payments of £58.80)
Camden Youth Jazz Band (advanced) £140.76 (2 payments of £70.38)

 

May 2021 dates

(Supergroups, Philharmonia, Concertante, Philharmonic Band, Guitars and Percussion groups)

Friday 28 May 5pm-8pm
Saturday 29 May 9.30am-4pm
Sunday 30 May 9.30am-4pm

 

How to Apply

Please complete the online application below

Apply online to join Camden Sunday and holiday groups

Terms and conditions (PDF)

May Taster Weekend

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

Each May we offer a taster weekend for children who have never been before. The cost for a taster weekend is £58.80 (help is available if your child is eligible for free school meals).

May 2021 dates

Friday 28 May 5pm-8pm
Saturday 29 May 9.30am-4pm
Sunday 30 May 9.30am-4pm

 

Apply online to join the May taster weekend

Our weekend music courses are:

  • SuperGroups (junior brass, woodwind, strings, guitar, piano, percussion)
  • Camden Guitars
  • Camden Philharmonia and Camden Concertante (strings)
  • Camden Philharmonic Band (brass, woodwind, percussion)
  • Camden Percussion Ensemble
  • Camden Youth Orchestra

Holiday Courses

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

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 cost is £235.20 paid in 3 instalments (help is available if your child is eligible for free school meals).

The SuperGroups are: SuperStrings, SuperBlast!, SuperToot, SuperStrike and SuperStrum. These are for players of strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, piano and guitar.  Members have been learning for more than a term and can read some music or chords.

Everyone who plays an instrument is welcome. Most pupils in the Supergroups are at primary school.

Camden Guitars

Cost £235.20 paid in 3 instalments (help is available if your child is eligible for free school meals).

The 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.

Camden Philharmonia and Camden Concertante

Cost £235.20 paid in 3 instalments (help is available if your child is eligible for free school meals).

These string ensembles are for string 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

Cost £235.20 paid in 3 instalments (help is available if your child is eligible for free school meals).

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

Cost £235.20 paid in 3 instalments (help is available if your child is eligible for free school meals).

Members of the percussion ensemble play in a group together. They also form the percussion sections of the Philharmonic Band and Youth Orchestra. 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

Cost £273.30 paid in 3 instalments (help is available if your child is eligible for free school meals).

The Camden Youth Orchestra rehearses for four weekends per year. The orchestra tours every two years.

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.

Camden Concert Band

About Camden Concert Band

Concert Band rehearses every two weeks on Sunday afternoons.

The cost is £117.60 per year paid in two instalments (help is available if your child is eligible for free school meals)

  • It has woodwind, brass and percussion players at grades 4 to 8 level, aged between 12 and 18
  • Recent performances include the British Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and on tour
  • Membership of the Camden Concert Band is usually by audition in the Summer term.

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 £140.76 per year paid in two instalments (help is available if your child is eligible for free school meals).

  • It has saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboard, bass guitar, electric guitar, drums and percussion players.
  • 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 been on tour, including to Lithuania, the Rhineland and Leipzig.