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Easter Music Programme for 2021

Usually at this time of year we are getting ready for the annual Surrey Arts Easter Music week, a fun packed week of a variety of residential and non-residential music courses and workshops. Unfortunately due to the current lockdown the week has had to be cancelled for a second year. However, following the success of last summer’s online music and art activities (SMASH) we will be running an exciting week of workshops and videos from Monday 12 – Friday 16 April. These activities will include music production & music composition, multiple singing workshops, arts workshops, piano tasters, Celtic folk strings and much, much more. Registration is required for the live sessions and you can watch the recorded video tuitions for free by following Surrey Arts on social media. The timetable and registration details are now available.

Ensembles & Groups

Joining a group or ensemble is a great way to develop your learning and perform with other musicians and in front of audiences. There are over 50 performing ensembles in Surrey for beginners and the experienced musician both youth and adults. These include area and county ensembles as well as youth and adult choirs.

Our music groups offer young people a chance to rehearse and perform with others, make new friends and improve their playing. Groups and ensembles rehearse once a week, and perform a number of times each year in schools and professional venues.

Local groups can also be found in at the Surrey Arts’ Ensembles Page or our partner Making Music’s website.

Area ensembles
County ensembles

These groups and ensembles rehearse once a week and give regular concerts, performing a number of times each year in schools and professional venues. Many also go on overseas concert tours.

Guildford Sinfonia
Woking Wind Orchestra

Surrey Arts provides two ensembles for experienced adult musician.
Apply online.
Together at Home for SEND
Together at Home for Arabic Speaking Children

Two online music ensembles – TAH for SEND is for young people aged 9 to 19 who attend Special Schools in Surrey.
TAH for Arabic Speaking Children is for young people aged 8 – 18 whose first language is Arabic.
Singing groups

For young vocalists there is the Surrey County Youth Orchestra and Youth Training Choirs as well as choirs for children with SEND. There are also choirs for carers as well as many community choirs across the county.
I Speak Music

A new project launched by Surrey Music Hub to bring together professionals who work with, or have an interest in supporting newly arrived and vulnerable young people (for example, young asylum seekers, young refugees, young people who have been trafficked to UK) through the arts and music.
Easter Music Course

Running for over 40 years, dates for next year’s Easter Music Course will be available in February.
Workshops & Masterclasses

A chance to learn from some of the best musicians in the country or try an instrument in a short workshop.
Music Courses and Workshops in the Holidays

Including orchestra taster workshops, singing workshops, guitar workshops and more.
Saturday Music Zone

A day of music opportunities in Leatherhead for all abilities – guitar workshop, DJ workshop and UP! Orchestra


Courses and workshops 2019/2020

Easter Music Courses for 5th to 9th April 2020. Registration opens in October.

Easter Music Course

Running for over 40 years, the next Easter Music Course is from Sunday 5 – Thursday 9 April 2020. Bookings are now open.

Other workshops

Surrey Arts run a variety of music workshops throughout the year for young people. These range from instrumental master classes to instrument skills, DJ & music production with experienced tutors. Workshops are held during school holidays, after school or at weekends all over the county. 

DJ & Music Production

DJ & Music Production – a chance to learn how to beat match tracks and produce some unique beats of your own.

A unique half day workshop for young people to learn the art of DJ-ing and an introduction to music technology in a fun and educational way. Use mixing consoles to beat match , blend, cut, paste and scratch music to create a DJ mix. No previous musical experience necessary.

Saturday 14 December – The Bridge Youth Centre, Leatherhead KT22 7RB

8 – 16 year olds – 10.00am – 1.00pm

Monday 6 April – Royal Alexandra & Albert School, Redhill

8 – 11 year olds – 9.00am – 12.00pm 
11 – 16 year olds – 1.00 – 4.00pm

Book now

Coming soon

Guitar skills – a workshop designed to bring together young guitarists who want to improve their skills while playing with other musicians. 

Singing workshops – come and sing choral songs with Surrey Youth Choir tutors in a fun and relaxed environment with other young singers.  

Easter Music Courses 2020

Coronavirus – update 19 March: ALL Surrey Arts activities CANCELLED

Following the latest Government advice relating to public gatherings, non-essential contact and social distancing, it has been decided to cancel all Surrey Arts activities until further notice including ensemble rehearsals, concerts, lessons, activities, and the Surrey Arts Easter Music Course. All upcoming exams are also cancelled.

Surrey Arts are continually monitoring the situation relating to the impact of the coronavirus and are following guidance given by Surrey County Council and Public Health England. We will keep in contact with our customers by e-mail and SMS on any changes to planned activities. Please contact us by e-mail: surreyartsmusic@surreycc.gov.uk rather than by phone if you have specific queries.

We appreciate your patience during this period.

Play and Perform

Joining a group or ensemble is a great way to develop your learning and perform with other musicians and in front of audiences. There are over 40 performing ensembles in Surrey for beginners and the experienced musician both youth and adults. These include area and county ensembles as well as youth and adult choirs.

Our music groups offer young people a chance to rehearse and perform with others, make new friends and improve their playing. Groups and ensembles rehearse once a week, and perform a number of times each year in schools and professional venues.

Local groups can also be found in at the Surrey Arts’ Ensembles Page or our partner Making Music’s website.

Area ensembles
County ensembles

These groups and ensembles rehearse once a week and give regular concerts, performing a number of times each year in schools and professional venues. Many also go on overseas concert tours.
Guildford Sinfonia
Woking Wind Orchestra

Surrey Arts provides other ensembles for experienced adult musicians.
Apply online.
Singing groups

For young vocalists there is the Surrey County Youth Orchestra and Youth Training Choirs as well as choirs for children with SEND. There are also choirs for carers as well as many community choirs across the county.
Easter Music Course

Running for over 40 years, dates for next year’s Easter Music Course 2020 will be available in July.

Music Courses and Workshops in the Holidays

Including orchestra taster workshops, singing workshops, guitar workshops and more.
I Speak Music

A new project launched by Surrey Music Hub to bring together professionals who work with, or have an interest in supporting newly arrived and vulnerable young people (for example, young asylum seekers, young refugees, young people who have been trafficked to UK) through the arts and music.
Workshops & Masterclasses

A chance to learn from some of the best musicians in the country or try an instrument in a short workshop.
Saturday Music Zone

A day of music opportunities in Leatherhead for all abilities – guitar workshop, DJ workshop and UP! Orchestra


School’s Brochure 2022-23

“I am delighted to launch our comprehensive menu of services for schools for the period July 2022 to July 2023.

If you want music to make a difference in your school, take a look at how Surrey Music Hub can help or contact Surrey Arts to discuss anything that isn’t covered by those services.

We are passionate about the impact that the arts have on young people’s lives and believe that creative engagement has a place in every school. We hope that we can work together with you to give your young people the highest quality music and arts education.

All of our services are flexible and can be tailored to fit within your setting. They are also Covid safe, and can be delivered online with Surrey County Council safety requirements.

I would encourage you to visit our website and to make use of the programme of CPD and other opportunities we are creating for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or other requirements as we are always happy to meet with school leaders to discuss how best to meet your individual needs.”

Sarah Lee
Head of Surrey Arts

Surrey Arts Impact Report 2019 – 2020

2019 to 2020 was a vibrant year as Surrey Arts continued to provide engaging, creative and inspiring cultural services across the county for our residents. Services delivered through Surrey Arts include Music activities, Surrey Arts Wardrobe Hire, Visual Arts events and Instrument Hire.  

Many new and exciting projects have evolved this year and Surrey Arts ongoing annual events have continued to grow in numbers. Some of the highlights this year include:

  • Our I Speak Music group has grown, both locally and internationally, achieving more ambitious and inspiring projects. One of the highlights at the beginning of the year was their superb festive single entitled “Whatever You Believe”. This was sung, performed and recorded by a mix of refugees, young people from the ACM and local community members, a collaboration of more than 80 people.
  • The Horley Project, established in 2018 to increase instrumental learning in schools in the area, entered into its second year, with many new members joining the project, further expanding the newly formed Horley Orchestra.
  • Just So Singers celebrated their 25th Anniversary in June 2019
  • UP! Orchestra received a boost from external funding as well as welcoming many new-comers to the Saturday Music Zone to meet, share and play music together.
  • A number of successful events and workshops, both old and new, reached sell out numbers including Piano Exam Performance; Summer Singing; Drum Line! Brass Masterclass; Orchestra Taster Day and DJ Music Production Workshops, as well as many more. 
  • The Primary Schools Music Festivals held events at venues across Surrey with over 2500 children participating.
  • Surrey Artists’ Open Studios 2019 was exceptional this year with over 297 artists participating, selling a combined worth of over £304k in artwork.

To learn more about the successes from the past year, please read the full Surrey Arts 2019-2020 Impact Report here.

Home and School Activities

Early Years and SEND Classes

Singing with Caroline – Part 1  Fun warm-ups and songs with Surrey Arts SEND tutor Caroline Pearce. Suitable for children aged 5-7 too!

Singing with Caroline – Part 2  More warm-ups and songs with Surrey Arts SEND tutor Caroline Pearce. Suitable for children aged 5-7 too!

Singing with Caroline – Part 3  More warm-ups and songs with Surrey Arts SEND tutor Caroline Pearce. Suitable for children aged 5-7 too!

Singing with Caroline – Part 4  More warm-ups and songs with Surrey Arts SEND tutor Caroline Pearce. Suitable for children aged 5-7 too!

Classics for Kids Completely free – games, audio files and information about composers. Good for young beginners.

Sing Up Home Schooling Area  Sing Up has made available their collection of free resources and activities to keep children and young people learning and singing outside of school. New resources will be added regularly.

BBC 10 Pieces At Home  These are simple weekly activities where children will be encouraged to watch a Ten Pieces film and then do a creative activity in response. Activities are fun, simple and require no specialist equipment. Our hope is that these will be useful activities for teachers to send to their students working at home.

Royal Opera House “Create and Learn” Whether you’re looking for simple activities, a creative home-schooling project, or theatre-craft fun, Create and Learn invites you to explore the magical world of the theatre from home. Each week we’ll bring you FREE fun, new activities to get you singing, dancing and making.

BBC Bring the Noise Project – free primary school music, songs and resources for teachers, pupils and parents.

Primary School Ages

Vocal Warmup with Catherine  Surrey Youth Training Choir conductor Catherine McKay-Upcott leads a short vocal warm-up for SYTC which is suitable for all young singers.

Singing Playgrounds Online A musical postcard to welcome Surrey schools to the Singing Playgrounds Online programme.  Click here to find out more and to apply for a 1-year subscription for £50!

Singing Playgrounds At Home A host of free songs and videos from Ex Cathedra’s award-winning Singing Playgrounds.

Elephants in the Custard – London Philharmonic Orchestra’s new musical film A free 25-minute musical film for Key Stage 1 children (age 5-7) based on the book Elephants in the Custard

Express Yourself – London Philharmonic Orchestra’s new film series exploring emotions in music, for KS2 children and families Aimed at children aged 7–11 and presented by award-winning musician and broadcaster YolanDa Brown, the series explores music to express feelings of joy, anger, sadness, playfulness and more.

Ping Pong Ball Song  Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall leads an active warm-up song.

Pass the Cup! A fun rhythmic game to play at home or in school. How many levels can you reach?

Pass the Cup Level 2!  Can you pass Level 2 and make up your own new levels?

Bananas of the World Unite! Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall with another active warm-up song.

My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean  Surrey Arts singing teacher Cerys Reading teaches actions, words and music to “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”. Can you do all three?

Beat Goes On  Free online body percussion sessions with Ollie Tunmer of the Beat Goes On

Vocal Warmup with Ruth  Surrey Arts singing teacher Ruth Munro leads some exercises to get children’s voices warmed up and ready for singing.

Alive, Awake, Alert!  Surrey Arts tutor Ambie DeSoutter teaches a fun song with actions to wake you up!

Introduction to the Surrey Youth Training Choir  Surrey Youth Training Choir conductor Catherine McKay-Upcott gives a brief introduction to the choir and what it’s like to be a member.

Introductory Guide to Drum Kit  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Jason Reay provides an introductory guide to the drum kit for new players. Get your sticks out and play along!

Junkyard Percussion with Surrey Arts   Explore beat-making with everyday items you have at home and mix up some sounds! Before you get started with this video by Surrey Arts teacher Jason Reay, see if you can find one or more of the following items (remember to ask permission first): tub / box, metal dish, cardboard tube, wooden spoons or chop sticks x 2. Have fun!

Body Percussion with Surrey Arts  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Mike Wheeler gives a demonstration and mini-lesson to help you get started with body percussion — use your body to build up a groove!

West African Drumming with Surrey Arts   Surrey Arts percussion tutors, John Overton and Trevor Walker introduce and delve into West African Drumming together and provide creative ways to recreate the musical sounds from the great African plains at home.

Samba Workshop Part 1 – Make Some Instruments!  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Peter Reyner gives an introduction to Samba and shows you how to make your own percussion instruments from things you’ll find around the house to play this exciting music. Have fun and get creative!

Samba Workshop Part 2 – Get Playing!  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Peter Reyner continues with an introductory Samba workshop that you can take part in using the instruments you made in Part 1. Get playing!

Out of the Ark: A Song A Day  Keep children entertained and spirits high with a song a day from Out of the Ark

Classics for Kids Completely free – games, audio files and information about composers. Good for young beginners.

Sing Up Home Schooling Area  Sing Up has made available their collection of free resources and activities to keep children and young people learning and singing outside of school. New resources will be added regularly.

Bollywood Brass on YouTube  Bollywood Brass have made a fun resource for schools and home learning – a lockdown ‘play along’ video of a classic Bollywood song Dum Maro Dum.

 BBC 10 Pieces At Home  These are simple weekly activities where children will be encouraged to watch a Ten Pieces film and then do a creative activity in response. Activities are fun, simple and require no specialist equipment. Our hope is that these will be useful activities for teachers to send to their students working at home.

Royal Opera House “Create and Learn” Whether you’re looking for simple activities, a creative home-schooling project, or theatre-craft fun, Create and Learn invites you to explore the magical world of the theatre from home. Each week we’ll bring you FREE fun, new activities to get you singing, dancing and making.

BBC Bring the Noise Project – free primary school music, songs and resources for teachers, pupils and parents.

Play Opera with Welsh National Opera   Geared towards young children, this interactive show is designed to keep children entertained during lockdown, with educational aspects around singing, classical music, and even back stage elements such as costume and design.

BBC Bitesize lessons  KS1, KS2 KS3 and SEND music sessions covering a range of musical styles.

Together With Music A project which aims to connect schools with care homes through music. Schools submit a song in video format via their website which is then shared with a designated care home with the longer term aim of developing a relationship with that home. The aim is to bring some joy to care home residents at these difficult times.  

SEND Activities

Big Top Musical Adventures Big Top workshops are inclusive, educational and fun for everyone! Themed musical adventures which you can join in with from home.

Drake Music Scotland Music making opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. They have lots of lovely music videos you can join in with at home.

Little Amber Trust  Musical opportunities for babies and young children who are blind or partially sighted. They have 48 music activity cards and a range of songs to promote language development and also general development.

Nordoff Robbins Nordoff Robbins music therapists have a whole range of music activity videos and resources online to help families during Covid-19.

Singing Hands Makaton signed songs organised in searchable topics e.g. nursery rhymes, wild animals, colours, pop songs etc.

Sing Up Makaton songs A broad selection of signed songs suitable for younger children.

Soundabout Inclusive Choir You may want to join the choir or simply listen to some of their songs.

Soundabout live sessions Fun music sessions and daily hello songs for people of all ages with PMLD and SLD. You can watch all the previous videos or join them live at 2pm every Tuesday and Saturday on the Soundabout Facebook page.

SoundSpark Listen Up Lewisham!  A relaxed harp concert for SEND children.

General learning and fun facts

Ted.ed Talks on a variety of subjects, including music

Who invented the bass drum pedal? –  (Cornelius Ward) 

What was the first classical piece to use the triangle?

I SPEAK MUSIC COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA JOIN HUNDREDS ON STAGE TO COMMEMORATE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

I speak music - celebrating diversity in Surrey through music

The Surrey based I Speak Music Community Orchestra are thrilled to have been invited to perform at the Singing Our Lives concert at London’s Union Chapel. The iconic venue opens its doors for this special night of music on Sunday 26 January 2020.

This special night of music features hundreds of performers onstage to celebrate the power of uniting with one another through music and song. This evening is the culmination of the ground breaking Singing Our Lives project, which has brought together people from local UK, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to co-create and perform new music together.

Hosted by Jumoké Fashola, the concert brings together members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, the Sing for Freedom Choir, the Mixed up Chorus, the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, the Mind & Soul Choir, the Citizens of the World Choir, I Speak Music Community Orchestra, and special guests.

Jim Pinchen, Project Manager of the I Speak Music Community Orchestra said “Singing Our Lives has been an inspirational project for our Orchestra to be part of. It has provided a unique opportunity for local residents and residents who have recently been displaced from their country of birth to share music, food, culture and to form new and lasting friendships. In showcasing our work alongside other groups on 26 January it allows often marginalised voices to be heard as they unite with one another.”

Singing our Lives is performed by Together Productions in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The International Organization for Migration, the Royal Opera House and Kinetika.

I Speak Music Community Orchestra welcomes people from any background who are aged 14+ to join the group designed to celebrate Surrey’s diverse communities, bringing participants together to take part in creative music workshops and events.

SAVE THE DATE: 3RD APRIL, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HQ, LONDON

I SPEAK MUSIC CONNECTS –  A NETWORKING EVENT FOR PROFESSIONALS

For more information and to book tickets for Singing Our Lives visit – https://www.unionchapel.org.uk/event/26-01-2020-singing-our-lives/

If you are interested in finding out more about the I Speak Music Community Orchestra email mona4youthmusic@gmail.com

I Speak Music is supported by Surrey Arts and Surrey Music Hub and is funded by Arts Council England.

Schools Professional Development Day

Tuesday 2nd July 1pm-6pm

Woking Youth Arts Centre Trinity Rd, Knaphill, Woking GU21 2SY

Tickets: £20 for up to 3 workshops.

A fantastic opportunity to renew and refresh your music teaching skills, our Summer Music Professional Development Day offers workshops for primary and secondary music teachers. We’ve asked some of our some of most successful workshop leaders to come and deliver sessions for us with all new content, including a focus on digital resources and delivery. There will be six workshops to choose from, and a selection of content that is useful for all. One ticket lets you attend up three workshops in the afternoon and twilight.

Book your space now

1.00-2.00pm: Session 1 

Session 1A Using topic songs across the curriculum: Al Start: Go Kid Music (Primary)

In this dynamic session, Al Start will show you how anyone can use topic songs to deliver the music curriculum and First Access/WCIT as well as improving your SEND provision by introducing actions and signs. A fun and inspiring session packed full of great songs and creative ideas!

Session 1B Online Materials For KS 2-5: Lewis Edney, Royal Alexandra and Albert School (Primary and Secondary)

This session will cover a number digital resources for use in the classroom. There will be demonstration of Focus on Sound and how this can be used in the classroom, for research and revision and homework. ‘Classroom’ integrates a number of different software and links to the Rhinegold educational products as well. We will also look at Just Play (from Musical Futures), this is a set of PowerPoint resources which are brilliant for getting all pupils engaged and playing music. Finally I will demonstrate VIP Studios (from Charanga) and the excellent schemes of work they offer to help pupils create music using Soundation4Education.

2.15-3.45pm: Session 2 

Session 2A Become a singing school: Sing Up: Charlotte Law (Primary)

What does it take to become a singing school? In this practical session, we’ll understand how to navigate the Sing Up website and get the best out of the online resources. We’ll explore the features of a singing school and approaches to applying them to your own setting, considering the whole school community. We’ll look at the wider benefits of singing, ways to inspire school staff, and songs to sing throughout the school day, including; transitions, topics and assemblies.

Session 2B Promoting instrumental and vocal learning across your school: Ally Daubnay (Primary and Secondary)

Within the proposed new Ofsted Inspection Framework, schools are encouraged to ensure that all students have access to a broach and rich curriculum that fully embraces music. As music in the curriculum develops, so too do the opportunities for instrumental and vocal learning within the wider cultural of the school. This session is for any primary and secondary teachers interested in promoting and growing instrumental and vocal tuition in their schools. It will consider how this is co-developed with the music curriculum, exploring ways to embrace instrumental learning within the curriculum, and for it to flourish in the co-curricular programmes. It will provide opportunities to share good practice with other delegates and to think about practical ways in which instrumental learning can be enhanced and maintained across transition points, based upon research from Ally Daubney and Duncan Mackrill at The University of Sussex.

4.00-6.00pm: Session 3

Session 3A Kodàly In The Klassroom 2 – Len Tyler

Building from his previous session in the autumn term, Len will provide inspiration for your primary music teaching. Warm ups and singing games, choosing suitable material for school children, circle games and songs, strategies for building pitch literacy, the important of canons and further information on the underlying principles of Kodàly music teaching. Virtually all material will be different from the previous workshop. This follow up session from Len Tyler will be of use to any primary school teacher with an interest in music. The will be accessible to teachers who weren’t at Len’s previous session.

Session 3B Teaching Music with iPads – An Introduction: Transformance Music

Our Teaching Music with iPads training opens up the world of classroom iPad music-making to both specialist and non-specialist teachers at KS 1 – 3, including the technology-shy! The training explores tasks that develop musicianship and music theory through carefully structured creative tasks. Activities will be based on best practice when using tablet technology to teach music, with clear links to the National Curriculum and a strong cross-curricular emphasis. Each delegate will receive a free copy of our ‘Teaching Music with Garageband for iPad resource, containing pupil-facing videos, lesson plans and assessment criteria. This two hour session includes an experiential introduction to Garageband, including an initial 10 week song writing project for KS2/3. Creating backing tracks for short films and an equipment guide. There will be some Ipads available to use for this session if you don’t have your own to bring.

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