Join a music group
Somerset Music have a range of ensembles to cater for your musical interests, whether you like to sing or play a musical instrument.
See below for more information on our groups.
Take part Somerset Youth Concert Band
Formed in 1973, the Somerset Youth Concert Band is made up of approximately 60 of some of the most talented young musicians from across the county. With its large range of woodwind and brass instruments and exciting percussion section, this award winning band presents a diverse and challenging repertoire of original concert band music, hits from the West End shows, classical repertoire and swing.
Take part Somerset Youth Orchestra
Since its foundation over thirty years ago the SYO has been offering high quality orchestral playing to young musicians from all over Somerset. A large number of the students who have played in this group have been inspired by their musical experiences to pursue the subject to a very high level. Countless numbers of our members have studied, or are studying music at university or music college. Many have become professional musicians working as performers or teachers. Some even work for the County Music Service, Somerset Music who support the orchestra!
The orchestra is a full sized symphony orchestra and recent performances have included Mahler Symphony No 5, Bartok Concerto For Orchestra and Shostakovich Symphony No 5, 8 & 10.Find out more
Take part Somerset Youth Singers
Somerset Youth Singers was reformed in September 2014 and is open to young people aged 8 to 21. They meet throughout each term and perform regularly throughout the year at small and large scale events across the county. There is no audition to join, just an enthusiasm to learn and a love of singing!
Being a member gives you the opportunity to widen your singing experiences and challenge your musical creativity. You will have the chance to sing a broad range of repertoire and work with vocal experts.
We are looking forward to the Spring term where will be working towards a community-inspired concert “Tea with a Tune” taking place on April 28th. This will be entitled “Through the generations” as we will be inviting a couple of community choirs to come perform alongside us.
To join SYS for the Spring Term 2023: £60
* 50% reduced fees for pupil premium
* 50% reduced fees for additional siblings
Take part Advanced String Players Day
Somerset Music runs an Advanced Strings Players Day twice a year, in March and October. You need to be a player of violin, viola, ‘cello or bass and aspiring-Grade 5 to Grade 8+
You will be working at some exciting and not-too-serious strings pieces in full orchestra and sectionals, with a presentation for parents at 3.30.
We now have a date for the next Day:
Date: Sunday 17th March 2024, 9:45am – 4:00pm
Venue: Crispin School, Street, BA16 0AD
Course Fee: £19.50 (£18.50 for a second family-member attending)
Take part Somerset Youth Ukulele Band
Somerset Music have recently started a brand-new Ukulele group based in Taunton. The group is run by Somerset Music tutor, Gareth Clarke. It provides a fantastic platform for pupils to progress and be a member of one of the highest quality Ukulele groups in the county. Players should have a good knowledge of chords and TAB and be willing to perform in front of others.Find out more
Take part Kilve Residential Weekend for Young String Players
Somerset Music runs a residential weekend at Kilve Court each year for String Players for students from pre-Grade 1 up to Grade 6+ with matching reading skills, aged between 8 and 16. The String Players play in groups suitable for their ability and age.
As well as rehearsing over the course of the weekend and giving a concert at the end of the weekend they also get the chance to take part in outdoor activities at the centre, such as Archery and Climbing.Find out more
Take part Other opportunities
In addition to the county groups there are a variety of other clubs, ensembles and events which offer performance opportunities throughout the year. Details of each can be found by clicking on the titles below:
Cheddar Valley Music Club
Taunton Youth Brass Band