Make More Music

For children and young people just starting to learn an instrument, come and join our new starter band and singing group, and make more music! Playing in a group is a great way to develop your playing skills, as well as learning how to play together and to read music. Singing will help you learn pitch, rhythm and the other elements of music.

On Saturdays from April 2022, the starter band (10.30am to 11.10am) and singing group (11.20am to midday) will be open to new members. There are no auditions, and you certainly don’t need to be an expert — even if you have only learnt one or two notes on your instrument, we’ll make sure that you can take part.

We don’t have a strict age limit for the group; we expect most members will be in School Years 5 to 8. As members develop as musicians, they will be able to move on to our intermediate and community groups at no extra charge. Membership is £20 a term (equivalent to £2 a week) for primary-age children, and £30 a term (equivalent to £3 a week) for children at secondary school.

See our flyer and poster below:

King’s Lynn Music Society: Oboe and piano recital

Kings Lynn Music Society is hosting an oboe and piano recital by Katherine Bryer and Irena Radic on Wednesday 16th March at 7.30pm at King’s Lynn Town Hall.  

London-based oboist Katherine Bryer is a graduate of Royal Academy of Music and performs regularly with pianist Irena Radic .

Free to under 18s and students.  Other visitors a £10 donation is suggested at the door. Coffee available from 7pm. 

See www.klmusicsoc.org.uk for more details. This event is supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Vacancy: Music Educators

West Norfolk Music Centre is seeking to appoint 2 music educators.

We operate a Saturday music centre during school term, and we are extending our provision for children. We would like to appoint two individuals to work together to deliver the following activities each week, for children in the age range 9 to 12 (school years 5 to 7): 

  • Mixed ensemble. To lead a group for children playing at pre-grade 1 level, with flexible instrumentation and, where appropriate, multi-ability arrangements. 
  • Singing group / choir. To lead our children’s choir, developing aural, reading, ensemble and performance skills through singing.

The successful candidates will:

  • Be accomplished musicians with a broad range of musical knowledge and skills.
  • Be engaging and confident educators, ideally with experience of working with children in the target age range.
  • Be able to commit to regular attendance 30 Saturday mornings a year.
  • Be willing to work as part of a team.

The following skills would be an advantage:

  • Knowledge of choral singing technique.
  • Basic knowledge of a wide range of orchestral instruments, their technique, capabilities and limitations.
  • Experience of conducting/leading ensembles or choirs.
  • Piano playing, sufficient to accompany the choir as required.

We may also offer successful candidates the opportunity to offer individual instrumental lessons to members, to lead other Music Centre ensembles to cover short-term absence, and to develop other educational activities.

We will require a satisfactory DBS check, and we will also require you to register with the DBS update service (for which we will cover the fee if you are not already registered).

These roles are self-employed and will be paid at an hourly rate dependent on qualifications/experience (£25 with a degree-level qualification in music and/or as a qualified teacher).

For more information or an informal discussion, please contact our chair Derek Stringer at info@wnmc.org.uk or on 07752 181 781.

To apply, please send your CV, along with an email telling us what you would bring to this role, to info@wnmc.org.uk by Wednesday 24 November. We are aiming to start the ensemble and singing group after February half-term.

We are back in September again!

West Norfolk Music Centre is planning to return to individual lessons and groups at Springwood High School this autumn, starting on Saturday 18 September. New members always welcome, whether you’re an experienced player, returning to music or a complete beginner.

Come along on 18 September, or contact us beforehand to book your lessons and choose your groups!

Autumn groups: West Norfolk Music Centre waives fees

The Trustees of West Norfolk Music Centre have decided to waive all group membership fees this term, and to invite members to make donations instead.

At this time of uncertainty, we cannot be sure that our groups will continue to run for the whole term. We are monitoring legislation and guidance, and the local situation, closely and we will continue decide, week to week, whether we can and should remain open.

We also recognise that we cannot offer the full Music Centre experience this term, with limited numbers and equipment, social distancing, and no refreshments or breaks for socialising. In terms of economic impact, some members may be affected more than others, and we do not want to exclude members who are facing uncertainty in their income or jobs at this time.

Music Centre remains in a strong financial position, thanks to the generosity of the legacy of Michael Janson and Varuni Roberts, and we are therefore in a position to waive our usual charges this term. However, there are still costs involved in running the groups (rent, staff, teachers), and we will be without some of our usual sources of income (refreshments, concert tickets), so we are inviting members to contribute to our ongoing costs if they can.

Members who take individual lessons are eligible for free group membership as usual, and lesson fees are currently reduced for those taking lessons online or at home.

We are currently working towards registration with HMRC, so as to allow us to claim Gift Aid on donations, but in the meantime donations via PayPal Giving Fund are eligible for Gift Aid.

We are back: 12 September 2020!

West Norfolk Centre is please to announce that we are resuming some of our activities from 12 September 2020.

We will be offering a limited programme of groups on Saturday mornings at Gaywood Church Rooms, as well as individual lessons online or at home.

We have already contacted our existing members, but new members are welcome too (subject to limits on numbers to ensure appropriate social distancing). Please contact us for more information.

Online music lessons: now available

In response to the current restrictions on movement and social contact, due to coronavirus, West Norfolk Music Centre is pleased to be able to offer individual music lessons with some of our teachers online. Tuition is available in half-hour sessions at a time to suit the student and the teacher; it does not have to be on a Saturday morning! Shorter (20 minutes) or longer (40 minutes) lessons may also be available on request.

Lessons will be delivered through a platform which suits both the student and the teacher, for example Zoom or Skype, and in accordance with our Remote Teaching Policy.

This arrangement will be available until our usual activities resume, and lessons will be charged at a slightly reduced cost as we are currently unable to offer students participation in our usual groups (a benefit which is normally included in the price of our lessons).

For more details, please contact us.