Camden Sunday and Holiday Music Groups

We offer Sunday and Holiday music groups for young musicians aged 6 to 18 years. These take place at Camden School for Girls.

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.

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.

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: £235.20 paid in 3 installments (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next Steps: Holiday groups for secondary aged players below

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: £235.20 paid in 3 installments (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

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: £235.20 paid in 3 installments (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Camden Concertante

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: £235.20 paid in 3 installments (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Camden Youth Orchestra

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: £273.30 paid in 3 installments (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Higher education ensembles

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: £235.20 paid in 3 installments (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Camden Youth Jazz Band, Camden Concert Band

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: £235.20 paid in 3 installments (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Philharmonic Band, Camden Youth Orchestra

Camden Vocal Group

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

Cost: £273.30 paid in 3 installments (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Term dates 2021 - 2022 (for all except Camden Youth Orchestra)

October Friday 22 to Sunday 24
February Friday 11 to Sunday 13
April Friday 1 to Sunday 3
May Friday 27 to Sunday 29

 

Camden Youth Orchestra term dates 2021 - 2022 

October Saturday 23 to Monday 25
February Saturday 12 to Monday 14
April Saturday 2 to Sunday 3

 

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.

Find term dates, costs and how to apply below.

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: £117.60, paid in 2 installments (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Higher education ensembles

Camden Concert band Autumn 2021 (3.00 - 5.30pm)

Sunday 26 September
Sunday 10 October
Sunday 7 November
Sunday 21 November
Sunday 5 December
Monday 6 December, concert to be confirmed

 

Camden Concert band Spring 2022

Sunday 23 January
Sunday 6 February
Sunday 6 March
Sunday 20 March
Sunday 27 March, Spring festival concert

 

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: £117.60, paid in 2 installments (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Camden Youth Jazz Band

Camden Jazz Group Autumn 2021(3.00 - 5.30pm)

Sunday 3 October
Sunday 17 October
Sunday 14 November
Sunday 28 November
Sunday 12 December, family jazz concert

 

Spring 2022

Sunday 16 January (10.00 - 3.30pm)
Sunday 30 January
Sunday 27 February
Sunday 13 March
Sunday 27 March, Spring festival concert

 

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: £140.76, paid in 2 installments (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Next steps: Higher education ensembles.

Camden Youth Jazz Band Autumn 2021 (3.00 - 5.30pm)

Sunday 3 October
Sunday 17 October
Sunday 14 November
Sunday 28 November
Sunday 12 December, family jazz concert

 

Spring 2022

Sunday 16 January (10.00 - 3.30pm)
Sunday 30 January
Sunday 27 February
Sunday 13 March
Sunday 27 March, Spring festival concert

 

Camden Youth Recorder Group

Details: For grade 1+ players of all sizes of recorder. The 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, including members of The Flautadors.

Cost: Introductory cost of £25 per term (help is available to those eligible for free school meals)

Camden Youth Recorder Group Autumn 2021 (3.15 - 5.15pm)

Sunday 3 October
Sunday 17 October
Sunday 31 October (online)
Sunday 14 November
Sunday 21 November (The Flautadors workshop and concert)
Sunday 28 November
Sunday 12 December including concert

 

Spring 2021

Sunday 16 January
Sunday 30 January
Sunday 20 February (online)
Sunday 27 February
Sunday 13 March
Sunday 27 March, Spring festival concert

 

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 £58.80 (help is available to those eligible for free school meals).

May 2022 dates

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May

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