Music Centre

We offer a wide range of weekly musical activities for all young musicians across a broad range of musical styles and disciplines.

Our Music Centre offers a wide range of musical activities for young musicians of all ages and standards. The groups meet weekly in term-time and all opportunities are completely free of charge. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced musician, get involved!

We rehearse in the Langdale Centre on Saturday mornings during term time. Choirs, musical theatre and our online musical theory groups meet after school during the week.

We also offer regular orchestral workshops, play days and the opportunity to take part in termly performance opportunities, including the annual gala concert for regional music hubs at Sage Gateshead.

Our Aims and Outcomes:

To enable all young people to enjoy music through active participation in creative group activities.

To develop musical skills and technical proficiency by engaging in challenging and exciting repertoire with expert guidance and tuition.

To nurture self-confidence and creative problem solving through the rehearsing and performing process.

To develop socially and culturally through working with others in a broad range of musical settings.

To foster an enthusiasm for life long learning in music and the creative performing arts.

To actively contribute to the cultural life of the community of North Tyneside and wider region through concerts and performances.

North Tyneside's Music Centre is open to all young people attending school in North Tyneside and Newcastle. Although we encourage children to attend their local ensembles, we are very happy to also welcome children and young people from other areas to join us.

Saturday Morning Music Centre Activities


Music Theory Drop-in Session

Time: 9 to 10am and 11 - 12 noon

Music Theory drop-in sessions are open to all students (from beginners to those working towards Grade 5 theory and beyond).

High Borrans

Mixed Beginner Orchestra

Time: 9 to 10am
Group Leader: Fran Harris, Gareth Miller and John Rudkin

Designed as an opportunity for young players who may have recently taken part in a wider opportunities programme, our brand new Mixed Beginner Orchestra is suitable for any beginner instrumentalist.


Recorder Group

Time: 9 to 10am
Group Leader: Sarah Teoh

Recorder Group is open to those with some initial experience of playing recorder in school and for more advanced players.

Brass in Schools Day

Youth Training Band

Time: 9 to 11am
Group Leader: John Flood and Selwyn Thompson

Youth Training Band is for brass, woodwind and percussion players working between around Grade 2-4 standard.

WB Ten Pieces Day

Concert Band

Time: 9 to 11am
Group Leader: Alex Lewis

Concert Band is a wind band for more advanced players working at around Grade 5 and above.

High Borrans 6

Beginner Strings

Time: 10 to 12 noon
Group Leader: Liz Clark and Abigail Tickell

Beginner Strings is suitable for those just starting out on any orchestral string instrument up to around Grade 2 standard.


Youth Training Strings

Time: 10 to 12 noon
Group Leader: Victoria Vasey

Youth Training Strings is for string players working between Grade 3-5 standard.


Senior Strings Orchestra

Time: 10 to 12 noon
Group Leader: Pauline Brandon

Senior Strings is designed for string players working at around Grade 5 or above.


Jazz Ensemble

Time: 10 to 12 noon
Group Leader: Lewis Watson

Jazz Ensemble work towards performances and improving their understanding and knowledge of jazz and improvisation.

Weekly Choirs/Ensembles Timetable


Music Theory and Composition Support Drop-in Session*

Day: Monday
Time: 4.30 to 5.30pm
Group Leader: Mrs Williams

This is an online drop-in session for young people in Year 9 or above needing support with music theory or composition coursework.

* in partnership with MPN Newcastle


Musical Theatre Group

Day: Tuesday
Time: 6 to 8pm
Group Leader: Andrew Clarence and Charlotte Law

Musical Theatre group meet on a weekly basis to work towards their next performance at Whitley Bay Playhouse.


Children’s Choir Coast

Day: Wednesday
Time: 4 to 5pm
Group Leader: Andrew Clarence

Children’s Choir Coast is open to all primary-aged children who would like to sing with others on a regular basis.


Youth Choir Coast

Day: Wednesday
Time: 5 to 6pm
Group Leader: Andrew Clarence and Susie Jones

Youth Choir is open to all secondary-aged children who would like to sing together with others on a weekly basis.

Children at Richardson Dees Primary School enjoying virtual Ukulele lessons

Ukulele Group

Day: Wednesday
Time: 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Group Leader: Susie Jones

Ukulele group is open to all Primary and Secondary-aged children who would like to play songs together with others on a weekly basis.


Children’s Choir Killingworth

Day: Thursday
Time: 5:30 to 6:30pm
Group Leader: Selwyn Thompson and Gareth Miller

Children’s Choir Killingworth is open to all primary-aged children who would like to sing with others on a regular basis.



Standing Upright Project

The project aims to develop a wide range of music and arts-based skills and to build the confidence of each young person involved.


Brass in Schools

North Tyneside Brass in Schools is a free after school programme that offers beginner primary school children the opportunity to take part in a brass band.


Steel Pans

North Tyneside Steel Band (NTSB) recently celebrated their 30th birthday and are one of the most active steel band groups in the North East.  They love performing at public events, with recent highlights of performances at the London and Rotterdam Carnivals.



NTMEH has a number of volunteers who support the work of the hub on a regular basis. We can also facilitate work experience placements and put you in touch with other local arts organisations who can help.

Battle of the Bands

Young Leaders

NTMEH have a number of young leaders who have been involved in the Standing Upright project and have now gained paid employment with the hub, as well as getting valuable work experience in the arts and music education sector.


Youth Voice

NTMEH is currently working with other hubs and partners to develop and improve opportunities for young people to have their say.

Get in touch!

For further information or to find out more about working with us.