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Young musicians aiming for Christmas Number One

The Partnership

Surrey Arts, Big Leaf Foundation and the Academy of Contemporary Music are joining forces to record a Festive Themed Single (in just one day!) on Sunday 9 December. It’s for anyone aged 8 and above who enjoys music and shares our belief in the importance of community. No musical experience necessary and we aim to have over 50 participants.

Why music?

We live in one of the most multicultural countries in the world but it can feel as though, despite living in the same land, huge divides, negative stereotyping, fear of the unknown are as alive as they have ever been.
Project manager, Jim Pinchen, says: “Music in its essence, is something that we all have in common. It’s everywhere from the rhythm of our first heartbeat through to family events and is therefore able to bring us together in a unique and safe way.”

Why a festive themed single?

‘I Speak Music’ is a programme that aims to bring together refugees and host communities and we think this is a perfect time of year to come together, have fun and celebrate everything we have in common, as well as all the fascinating things that make us unique. Beyond the food, lights, drink, intensive shopping and tinsel, at its heart, this festive season is about the spirit of giving and receiving, of family and of helping others.

Vicki Felgate from Big Leaf Foundation says: “We want to replace negative opinions with a simple and joyous message of peace and unity and we hope people will share it far and wide.”

What happens after the single is recorded?

A pop video will be distributed via social media with links to digital download sites (ie Spotify) where the single can be downloaded. All proceeds from the single will be used to make music projects that bring together Refugee and Host Communities.

For further details contact contact@bigleaffoundation.org.uk

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.

Adult Music Lessons Timetable

Adult Music Classes in Surrey - learn piano, guitar, singing or opera with Surrey Arts

2019/20 timetable and dates

Molesey Centre

Opera Appreciation – All abilities: Tuesday 10.00am – 12.00 noon

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2019 – £153
  • 4 sessions 25 February – 17 March 2020 – £61.20
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £153

Opera Appreciation – All abilities: Thursday 10.00am – 12.00 noon

  • 10 sessions 19 September – 28 November 2018 – £153
  • 4 sessions 27 February – 19 March 2019 – £61.20
  • 10 sessions 23 April – 2 July 2019 – £153

Woking ‘Highlands’ Centre

Acoustic Guitar – Beginners: Tuesday 7.00 – 8.00pm

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 17 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £100

Acoustic Guitar – Improvers: Tuesday 8.10 – 9.10pm

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 17 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £100

Woking Youth Arts Centre (WYAC), Knaphil

Guitar LIVE – chords, songs and jams – Various abilities: Thursday 8.00 – 9.00pm

  • 8 sessions 26 September – 21 November 2019 – £96
  • 8 sessions 16 January – 12 March 2020 – £96
  • 8 sessions 23 April – 18 June 2020 – £96

Piano – Beginners: Tuesday 5pm – 6pm

  • 10 sessions 20 September – 29 November 2019 – £125
  • 10 sessions 14 January – 24 March 2020 – £125
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 7 July 2020 – £125

Guildford – The Pines, Broad Street

Acoustic Guitar – Beginners: Monday 7.00 – 8.00pm

  • 10 sessions 16 September – 25 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 6 January – 16 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 20 April – 29 June 2020 – £100

Acoustic Guitar – Improvers: Monday 8.10 – 9.10pm

  • 10 sessions 16 September – 25 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 6 January – 16 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 20 April – 29 June 2020 – £100

I Wish I Could Sing – Beginners: Monday 7.00 – 9.00pm

  • 10 sessions 16 September – 25 November 2019 – £158
  • 10 sessions 6 January – 16 March 2020 – £158
  • 10 sessions 20 April – 29 June 2020 – £158

I Wish I Could Sing – Improvers: Wednesday 7.00 – 9.00pm (Please note this class takes place at Burpham First School)

  • 10 sessions 18 September – 27 November 2019 – £158
  • 10 sessions 8 January – 18 March 2020 – £158
  • 10 sessions 22 April – 1 July 2020 – £158

NEW: Adult Learn to Sing – Beginners: Tuesday 7.30 – 8.30pm

Ever wondered if you ‘had a voice’ and never had the opportunity to find out? Or already enjoying singing and keen to gain some skills to improve and boost your confidence? This session will include great warm- ups, exercises to learn technique and, of course, singing some wonderful songs from a range of styles. No experience is necessary, and you don’t need to be able to read music to take part.

  • 5 sessions 5 November – 3 December 2019 – £62.50
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 17 March 2020 – £125
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £125

Read about the class descriptions

Register for any of these summer term courses at Surrey Arts Music

Surrey Arts also offer adult instrumentalists the opportunity to join ensembles.