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Last few places available for Primary Music Festivals 2020

Primary Music Festivals are a series of concerts that have run in Surrey for over 25 years. They are highly regarded events in the school calendar with close to 100 schools taking part each year, joining forces to perform to packed audiences of parents and the general public at venues such as Dorking Halls. Many schools have sung with us for several years and some of the concerts are already full. However there are a few spaces left and we welcome applications from Primary Schools to join us in the 2020 concerts. If you have not joined us before and are considering joining for the first time we encourage you to take that step: in 2020 Surrey Arts is providing a vocal specialist to support a limited number of schools that would like some help in getting to know the music. We appreciate how difficult it can be to organise and staff the rehearsals and we hope that this may go some way to help. Our music co-ordinator, George Jones has responded to popular demand in programming ‘Jake and the Right Genie’ by Richard and Thomas Allain for the 2020 series of concerts.

2020 Festivals

Woking/Godalming/North Surrey Primary Music Festival – Monday 23 March 2020

  • Dorking Halls, Dorking

Mole Valley Primary Music Festival – Monday 27 April 2020

  • Dorking Halls, Dorking

South East Primary Music Festival – Tuesday 5 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls

Mid Surrey Primary Music Festival – Thursday 7 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls

Epsom and Ewell Primary Music Festival – Monday 18 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls

Elmbridge Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 20 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls

West Surrey Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 3 June 2020

  • Princes Hall, Aldershot

Surrey Borders Primary Music Festival – Monday 15 June 2020

  • Dorking Halls

East Surrey Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 17 June 2020

  • Dorking Halls

Surrey Arts Ensembles Booked for Festive Season

Surrey Arts ensembles boast some of the best young musicians in the county. With over 50 ensembles to join for a range of musical instruments and singing there is something for everyone. With Christmas approaching there is a chance to see some of these ensembles in concert:

16 November – 3pm Cranleigh bands Cranleigh Christmas lights switch on

17 November – 3pm Surrey County Youth Orchestra and Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra Winter Concert St Catherine’s School, Bramley

24 November – 3pm South West Ensembles Winter Concert St Catherine’s School, Bramley

28 November – 5pm Reigate String Orchestra Christmas Concert St Bede’s School, Redhill

28 November – 8pm Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra Winter Concert Chertsey Hall

29 November – 7pm Just So Singers – Rockin’ Christmas Concert Guildford United Reformed Church

2 December – 6pm Cranleigh Bands Christmas Concert Cranleigh Bandroom

3 December – 5pm Piano Concert St Jude’s School, Englefield Green

6 December – 7.30pm Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra Concert George Abbot School, Guildford

7 December – 10am South West Surrey Concert Band Christmas Concert Broadwater School, Farncombe

7 December – 11am North Surrey Winds and Crafty Clarinets Christmas Concert Matthew Arnold School, Staines

7 December – TBC Woking Wind Orchestra Christmas Concert Church of the Good Shepherd, Pyrford

11 December – 7pm Surrey Youth Choir and Surrey Youth Training Choir Christmas Concert with A Tempi and Da Capo Strings Christ Church, Woking

12 December – 7pm Blast Off and SESAW Christmas Concert Reigate Park Church

12 December – TBC North Surrey Strings and Guitars Christmas Concert St Paul’s, Egham Hythe

13 & 14 December – 7.30pm Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra Christmas Concert High Cross Church, Camberley

14 December – 12.30pm SCPE and SPARC Christmas Concert at Burpham Church

16 December – 6pm Mid Surrey Wind Band Christmas Concert St Paul’s Church, Dorking

For further information about these concerts and how to get tickets please email

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.

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

Our next Surrey Arts Easter Music Courses will run from Sunday 5 to Thursday 9 April 2020 and this year is going to be bigger than ever, with nine different courses and workshops to choose from.

Running for over 40 years, our residential and non-residential music courses offer young people the chancech to develop, play and perform with other musicians while making friends and having fun.

This year, along side our popular orchestral and vocal courses we are also introducing new contemporary music workshops – details and application below!

2020 Courses and Workshops

Royal Alexandra and Albert School

Surrey Arts Easter music courses are held at:

Royal Alexandra and Albert School

Gatton Park, Reigate



Orchestral Courses

Main Course

Sunday 5 – Thursday 9 April 2020

For young people of 11 to 18 years old who are approximately Grade 4 standard and above (it is not necessary to have taken any exams).

Opportunities to play in an Orchestra, Wind Band and Jazz Band all with a team of dedicated professional tutors supporting each section and always on hand to help and give advice. A celebration concert will be held on Thursday 9 April at 5pm.

Residential option

Cost: £337

Non-residential option

Cost: £248

Payment upon request from Surrey County Council. Payment plans available upon request.

Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Register Online

Mini Course

Tuesday 7 – Wednesday 8 April 2020

For players of around grades 1 – 3 with two ensembles to choose from: Strings (for violin, viola, cello and double bass) and Wind Band (for all brass, woodwind and percussion). An end course concert will be held on Wednesday afternoon.

Residential option

Cost: £174

Non-residential option

Cost: £135

Payment upon request from Surrey County Council. Payment plans available upon request.

Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Register Online

Come and Try

Tuesday 7 April 2020

A free event for 4 – 18 year olds to come and try the many instruments in an orchestra. Trumpet, cello, bassoon, double bass, tuba, percussion and many more. Parental supervision required for this session

  • 2pm – 3.30pm

Cost: Free


Register Online

Orchestra Explorers

Wednesday 8 April 2020

We are offering two half day courses for anybody that has recently started learning an instrument giving them a chance to play in an orchestra perhaps for the first time.

During each session pupils will play a variety of fun music specially chosen for beginners and will learn how to play as part of an orchestra. The pupils will be tutored by our Surrey Arts teaching team and will be helped and supported every step of the way. The pupils will get a tour of the fantastic Gatton Park site and will get to hear a range of music played by the older children taking part in the main course.

Pupils can choose to do either one of the workshops or can of course do both as different music will be played during each session.
These courses will be most suited to anybody learning an orchestral instrument that can play just a few notes up to about grade 1 standard.

  • Two sessions available – 10am – 12.30pm and/or 1.30pm – 4pm

Cost: £20 per session or £40 for both (free lunch included if booked on both). Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online

Singing Workshops

Around the World

Tuesday 7 April 2020

8 – 13 year olds

A musical menagerie with folksongs, traditional music, spirituals and more from around the world. Join our fantastic vocal tutors as they take you on a journey through a mix of musical styles and provide tips and tricks to help you with your singing and practice!

  • 10am – 12.30pm

Cost: £20. Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online

Sing the Shows

Wednesday 8 April 2020

8 – 13 year olds

A workshop for singers working on amazing songs from musical theatre. From classics by Rogers and Hammerstein to new musicals like The Greatest Showman and Mamma Mia, you’ll explore a world of musical delights under the tuition of leading professional musicians and vocal coaches. Experience is not essential – come along and have fun with us!

  • 10.00am – 12.30pm

Cost: £20. Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online

Make a Mash Up

Wednesday 8 April 2020

13 – 18 year olds

Working with professional musicians and vocal coaches, learn more about your voice with singing exercises and discover how to make a vocal mash up of traditional songs, spirituals and rock and pop music. Ideal for a developing singer looking for an exciting challenge. Singers should be able to hold a tune and have some group singing experience (in a band, choir, a cappella group for example) to get the most out of this workshop. Be ready to improvise and have fun in this exciting workshop!

  • 1.30pm – 4pm

Cost: £20. Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online

Contemporary Workshops

DJ & Music Production

Monday 6 April 2020 – Workshops full

Tuesday 7 April 2020 – new workshops added

A unique 3 hour workshop for young people aged 8 – 16 years old 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.

  • 9am – 12pm for 8 – 11 year olds
  • 1pm – 4pm for 11 – 16 year olds

Cost: £30. Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online

Guitar Skills

Tuesday 7 April 2020

Studying for a grade? This workshop will cover all the core skills needed for your supporting tests. Session skills such as:

  • Creative improvisation
  • Sight reading Chord charts/melodic lines
  • Music theory/-Ear training skills

This workshop will be based around ‘Rockschool’ and ‘Trinity Rock & Pop’ exams but even if you aren’t studying a graded exam these skills are a vital part of any musicians development.

  • 9am – 12pm Grades 1 and 2
  • 1pm – 4pm Grades 3 and 4

Cost: £30. Payment due at time of booking.

Non-residential. Any cancellation after 1 March 2020 will still be charged 50%

Book and pay online


Students who opt for the residential course will be looked after by a dedicated team of house staff and accommodated in one of the purpose built student halls at Royal Alexandra & Albert School. All of the accommodation blocks contain televisions as well as games rooms and outside of rehearsal time many fun activities are organised. Quiet spaces can also be arranged for pupils wanting to revise.

All meals and refreshments are provided throughout the day and always prove popular with the students.