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 ensembles in person for reasons relating to Covid19, they will continue online with the tutor.

Safeguarding policy for ensembles

Camden Concert Band

About Camden Concert Band

Go to Autumn 2020 Rehearsal Dates

Concert Band rehearses fortnightly on alternate Sunday afternoons.

Cost £115 per year paid in two instalments.

  • currently it has about 50 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

Autumn 2020 Rehearsal Dates

In the Autumn Term 2020, Camden Concert Band (CCB) will rehearse in two bands to comply with COVID-19 social distancing rules.

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

  • Sunday 4 October –       Band 1  3.30-4.15pm    Band 2  4.45-5.30pm
  • Sunday 18 October –     Band 1  2.00-3.30pm    Band 2  4.00-5.30pm
  • Sunday 15 November – Band 1  2.00-3.30pm    Band 2  4.00-5.30pm
  • Sunday 29 November – Band 1  2.00-3.30pm    Band 2  4.00-5.30pm
  • Sunday 13 December –  Band 1  2.00-3.30pm   Band 2  4.00-5.30pm

Spring Term 2021 dates and venue will be announced in due course.

Weekend Music Courses

We have four weekend music courses each year, where pupils 6–18 can make music with their friends.

Go to Autumn 2020 Rehearsal Dates

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.

Autumn 2020 Rehearsal Dates

Philharmonic Band, Concertante, Philharmonia, Guitar Orchestra, Supergroups

  • Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October

Camden Youth Orchestra, Percussion Ensembles

  • Saturday 24th October to Monday 26th October

Camden Youth Jazz Band

About Camden Youth Jazz Band

Go to Autumn 2020 Rehearsal Dates

Cost £138 per year paid in two instalments.

Currently it has about 25 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

Autumn Term 2020 Rehearsal Dates

Camden Youth Jazz Band (CYJB) rehearses fortnightly on alternate Sunday afternoons. Membership is by audition only.

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

  • Sunday 27 September – 3.00-5.30pm
  • Sunday 11 October – 3.30-5.30pm
  • Sunday 8 November – 3.00-5.30pm
  • Sunday 22 November – 3.00-5.30pm
  • Sunday 6 December – 3.30-5.30pm

Spring Term 2021 dates and venue will be announced in due course.