The Festival concerts have been running for over 25 years and produce magical evenings for primary school children to come together and sing as one large choir in front of packed audiences in Surrey venues such as Dorking Halls.
Following the success of 2022’s wonderful programme of music including “My Planet, Your Planet”, by composer Teresa Jennings, the 2023 concerts will feature another new piece by Teresa Jennings entitled “Positive” about how we can all make positive contributions to our own lives and the lives of others around us with positive, thoughtful, and kind words and actions.
Applications open soon and scores will be made available from mid-November. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay — join us at one of our 9 events for schools in the following areas:
The Surrey Arts Easter activities programme returns in April after a couple of years break due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This year sees a significant change to the programme. For the first time the programme is split over two areas of the county, East Surrey (Redhill) and West Surrey (Woking). This exciting programme gives young people the chance to experience a variety of different activities including playing in an orchestra for the first time, trying a string instrument, producing their own music and DJing, being part of a rock band, learning dance routines and being creative in an art class.
Programme coordinator Yvette Madden says ‘The Coronavirus made it difficult to run the residential programme which has been held for over 40 years. However, we have developed a diverse and exciting programme that will be accessible across more of the county giving young people more opportunities to participate in music, dance and art.’
The range of activities for 6 to 16 year olds will run on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 April at St. Bede’s School in Redhill and Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 April at Westfield School in Woking.
Discover Strings suitable for 6 – 11 year olds (Redhill only) – no experience needed
Orchestra in a day for grades 1 – 4 and 4 – 8 or equivalent standard
Music production and DJing suitable for 8 – 16 year olds – no experience needed
The Band Experience suitable for 8 – 14 year olds – no experience needed
Creative dance suitable for 8 – 15 year olds – no experience needed
Art class suitable for 6 – 10 year olds – no experience needed
There’s a great deal more to playing an instrument than just reading music and practising on your own! Surrey Arts provides over 40 different choirs, bands, orchestras and groups across the county for all ages and abilities.
Boost development Techniques and skills learnt in lessons are reinforced during group rehearsals
Have fun and make new friends Form long lasting friendships with like-minded musicians
Music as an educational building block Children involved in music tend to do better in other subjects
Music is for everyone We have groups and ensembles for all ages and abilities!
Music is great fun, but did you know it can also improve brain function, support wellbeing, and broaden horizons?
At Surrey Arts, there are plenty of ways for children and young people to #GetPlaying, from taking up instrumental lessons, joining one of our ensembles, making new friends, or even hiring one of our instruments. Discover how to #GetPlaying with us at:
This summer we are partnering with Active Surrey as part of Surreys Club4 programme by providing three weeks of music, dance and food holiday activities for children across Surrey. Each day there will be music and dance activities led by professional teachers and performers and participants will be provided with a hot meal and snacks as part of the course and explore how we can eat more healthily!
Participants aged 8 to 18 years old can register for single days or a whole four-day course and the activities will focus on:
Dance: Street / Jazz / World: Keep active and healthy, dancing to amazing music and performing.
Music: Rock Bands, World Percussion, Your Voice: Each day take part in music workshops exploring and performing in different styles. Play as part of a rock band, sing in the Your Voice choir and perform drumming from West Africa and South America.
Grand finale: Every Thursday at the end of the four-day programme there will be a performance open to friends and family. Participants will perform the music they have learnt and created during the course of the week.
Dates and venues
St Bedes School, Redhill: Monday 26 to Thursday 29 July
Cordwalles Junior School, Camberley: Monday 2 to Thursday 5 August
Three Rivers Academy, Walton-on-Thames: Monday 9 to Thursday 12 August
Times: 10am to 2.30pm
Cost: £45 per day or £135 for 4 days in one week
Free places are available for eligible free school meal children.
After a great programme of SMASH (Surrey Music & Arts Summer Holiday) activities we are following up this October half term by sharing some of our online video content. There will be films of workshops and tutorials across many different instruments including guitar, piano, brass and percussion. In addition there will also be some videos of music from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. The following is a timetable of when the films will be released on our social media platforms Facebook and Instagram and they will also be available on the Surrey Arts YouTube channel.
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.