Camden Weekday, Holiday and Sunday Music Groups

We offer weekday, holiday and Sunday music groups for young musicians aged 6 to 18 years. These take place in Camden schools.

We have options for singers and players of all levels on strings, woodwind, brass, guitars, percussion and keyboards.

For more information, costs, terms dates and how to apply, please see the separate sections above.

Information can also be found in the brochures below:

Junior Groups brochure

Senior Groups brochure

 

Holiday Music Groups

We have four holiday courses each year for pupils aged 6 to 18 years.

The courses take place at Camden School for Girls, Sandall Road, NW5 2DB during the first weekend of all half terms.

The weekends are intensive rehearsals which help young people improve their instrumental skills as well as giving them the chance to make music with others.

The holiday courses have an annual membership fee which is split into 3 installments. You will need to pay for the year, even if you are not able to attend all the dates.

Camden SuperGroups

Details: The SuperGroups are for primary aged 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.

Cost: £244.41 paid in 3 installments of £81.47 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next Steps: Holiday groups for secondary aged players below

Term dates 2022 - 2023

  • October 21, 22, 23
  • February 10, 11, 12
  • March 31, April 1, 2
  • May 26, 27, 28 

Guitar Band

Details: For guitar players who can read printed music or tab, and who have been learning for at least a year. Classical and electric guitarists are welcome. As well as informal concerts at the end of every course the Guitar Band will play in the Spring festival at LSO St Luke's.

Cost: £244.41 paid in 3 installments of £81.47 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Term dates 2022 - 2023

  • October 21, 22, 23
  • February 10, 11, 12
  • March 31, April 1, 2
  • May 26, 27, 28 

Camden Philharmonia

Details: For primary aged violin, viola and cello players of grade 1+ level who can read printed music. Philharmonia perform in a concert at the end of every course.

Cost: £244.41 paid in 3 installments of £81.47 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Camden Concertante

Term dates 2022 - 2023

  • October 21, 22, 23
  • February 10, 11, 12
  • March 31, April 1, 2
  • May 26, 27, 28 

Camden Concertante

Details: For secondary aged violin, viola and cello players who can read printed music. As well as informal concerts at the end of every course Concertante will play in the Spring festival at LSO St Luke's.

Cost: £244.41 paid in 3 installments of £81.47 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Camden Youth Orchestra

Term dates 2022 - 2023

  • October 21, 22, 23
  • February 10, 11, 12
  • March 31, April 1, 2
  • May 26, 27, 28 

Camden Youth Orchestra (CYO)

Details: For secondary school aged players of grade 4+ level. The CYO meets on four weekends a year. The orchestra has played at major London venues and tours every two years. As well as informal concerts at the end of every course the CYO will play in the Spring festival at LSO St Luke's.

Cost: £284.10 paid in 3 installments of £94.70 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Higher education ensembles

Term dates 2022 - 2023

  • September 24
  • October 22, 23, 24
  • January 8
  • February 11,12,13
  • April 1, 2 

Camden Philharmonic Band

Details: For brass, woodwind and percussion players of grade 3+ level who love to play music from stage and screen, as well as light Western classical music. As well as informal concerts at the end of every course the Philharmonic Band will play in the Spring festival at LSO St Luke's.

Cost: £244.41 paid in 3 installments of £81.47 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Camden Youth Jazz Band, Camden Concert Band

Term dates 2022 - 2023

  • October 21, 22, 23
  • February 10, 11, 12
  • March 31, April 1, 2
  • May 26, 27, 28 

Camden Percussion Ensemble

Details: For percussion players who can read printed music and who are having regular lessons. Members will play a range of percussion, including drumkit and timpani, in both Western classical and more popular styles. The group forms the percussion sections of Philharmonic Band and Camden Youth Orchestra. As well as informal concerts at the end of every course the Percussion Ensemble will play in the Spring festival at LSO St Luke's.

Cost: £244.41 paid in 3 installments of £81.47 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Philharmonic Band, Camden Youth Orchestra

Term dates 2022 - 2023

  • October 21, 22, 23
  • February 10, 11, 12
  • March 31, April 1, 2
  • May 26, 27, 28 

Camden Vocal Group

Details: For singers who are interested in RnB, soul and other popular styles of music.

Cost: £40 per course (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Term dates 2022 - 2023

  • October 21, 22, 23
  • February 10, 11, 12
  • March 31, April 1, 2
  • May 26, 27, 28 

How to apply

Please complete the online application below

Apply to join Camden Holiday Music Groups

Terms and conditions (PDF)

Sunday Secondary Music Groups

The following groups meet at Camden School for Girls, Sandall Road, NW5 2DB every other Sunday afternoon.

The Sunday groups have an annual membership fee which is split into 2 installments. You will need to pay for the year, even if you are not able to attend all the dates.

Camden Concert Band

Details: For brass, woodwind and percussion players of grade 4+ level who love to play music from stage and screen, as well as light Western classical music. The band has played at The Royal Albert Hall, The British Museum and The British Library as well as touring.

Cost: £122.20, paid in 2 installments of £61.10 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Higher education ensembles

Term dates 2022 - 2023

  • September 25
  • October 9
  • November 6, 20
  • December 4, 7
  • January 22
  • February 5
  • March 5, 19, 26
  • April 23, 24 

Camden Jazz Group

Details: For players of all jazz instruments. This groups focuses on improvisation without printed music and developing listening skills. The group is led by jazz pianist Nikki Yeoh, who has worked with Camden's young musicians for many years.

Cost: £122.20, paid in 2 installments of £61.10 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Camden Youth Jazz Band

Term dates 2022 - 2023 

  • October 2, 16
  • November 13, 27
  • December 11
  • January 15, 29
  • February 26
  • March 12, 26
  • April 23, 24 

Camden Youth Jazz Band (CYJB) 

Details: For saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboard, bass guitar, electric guitar, drums and percussion players of grade 6+ level. The band has played at The Royal Albert Hall, LSO St Luke's, The Jazz Cafe, Lauderdale House and has toured in Europe.

Cost: £146.40, paid in 2 installments of £73.20 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Higher education ensembles.

Term dates 2022 - 2023

  • October 2, 16
  • November 13, 27
  • December 11
  • January 15, 29
  • February 26
  • March 12, 26
  • April 23, 24 

How to apply

Please complete the online application form below

Apply to join Sunday secondary music groups

Terms and conditions (PDF)

May Holiday Taster

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 £61.10 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals).

The next taster course is 26, 27, 28 May 2023


Apply online to join the May taster weekend

Our weekend music courses are:

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

Camden Brass Band

Camden Brass Band meets at William Ellis School every Thursday from 4.15 to 5.30pm.

Details: For brass and percussion players in Year 6 and above who have been playing for at least a year and who love to play popular, well known tunes. This band plays at exciting venues such as the British Library.

Cost: £61.10 per term (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Camden Philharmonic Band, Camden Concert Band, Jazz groups.

Apply to join Camden Brass Band

Autumn 2022 dates

  • September 22, 29
  • October 6, 13, 20
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • December 1

Spring 2023 dates

  • January 12, 19, 26
  • February 2, 9, 23
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23

Summer 2023 dates

  • April 27
  • May 4, 11, 18, 25
  • June 8, 15, 22, 29
  • July 6

 

Camden Youth Recorder Group

Camden Youth Recorder Group meets at Regent High School every Thursday from 4.30 - 5.45pm.

Details: For players of all sizes of recorder. Particularly aimed at pupils in Year 4 and above who can read music and are beyond beginner level. This group aims to develop technique, a knowledge of recorder music in different styles, and listening skills. The group is led by professional recorder players and teachers, and is supported by The Flautadors, a professional recorder quartet. There are 10 sessions every term.

Cost: £61.10 per term (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: National Youth Recorder Orchestras.

Apply to join Camden Youth Recorder Group

Autumn 2022 dates

  • September 22, 29
  • October 6, 13, 20
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • December 1

Spring 2023 dates

  • January 12, 19, 26
  • February 2, 9, 23
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23

Summer 2023 dates

  • April 27
  • May 4, 11, 18, 25
  • June 8, 15, 22, 29
  • July 6