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Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles

Friday Flyers


Friday Flyers is for young musicians who are already learning to play an instrument and wish to hone their musical skills by playing in an ensemble. We meet on Friday afternoons at Castle Newnham School (Music Hub entrance) with ensembles running from 4:30pm - 9:00pm. 

Ensemble Times

4.30pm - 5.30pm     Junior Strings (Grade 1 - 3)
5.15pm - 6.45pm      Intermediate Strings (Grade 3 - 5)
5.15pm - 6.15pm      Junior Wind Band (Grade 1 - 3) /Intermediate Wind Band (4+) 
7.00pm - 9.00pm     North Beds Youth Chamber Orchestra (Grade 5+ / Woodwind by Audition)

The North Bedfordshire Youth Chamber Orchestra

Is often known as ‘The Friday Night Orchestra’ and was formed to have a high quality orchestra meeting weekly for the pupils in the north of the county that would play the ‘classics’. We now have performed six of Beethoven's Symphonies, three of Schubert's, seven by Mozart and twelve by Haydn but we also regularly include orchestral works by a much wider range of composers including Prokofiev, Kodaly and Bartok.

The orchestra has double wind and a balanced string section, selected and invited from the best students in our schools, with a minimum standard of grade 5 for the strings. It regularly splits into strings and wind sections to perform suitable repertoire.


At the end of the spring term the orchestra gives a concert tour to our schools and we regularly include local soloists in our concerts.


The orchestra gave its first concert in 2005 and is conducted by Jan Kaznowski and David Knight.

To keep up to date with term dates and events please following our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Bedford Music Cooperative

Saturday Morning Music Centre

This is our Junior Music Centre with musical activities for aged 2 and upwards

Currently we are limited in what we can offer, due to Covid -19.

We are running a series of "bubbles" so that the children do not mix in various activities. For more information, click on the sign up link above.

Friday Flyers

Our Ensembles are now running again. We have restricted numbers, but do sign up if you are interested. You will be told if there is a place, or if you are on a waiting list.

SMMC has restarted, but currently only with existing members. We are now accepting new members but numbers are limited, do please sign up soon, and we look forward to seeing you.