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.

Coronavirus update

The trustees of West Norfolk Music Centre have met today and, in line with Government advice to avoid non-essential social contact, it has been decided that music centre will suspend its operations with immediate effect and until further notice.

All Saturday morning lessons and groups on 21 March 2020 and 28 March 2020 are therefore cancelled, as is the concert on 21 March 2020. Credit will be given to members for missed lessons when teaching resumes.

Look out for further announcements as to what activities, if any, will be offered during the summer term.

19 May: String Workshop – book now

West Norfolk Music Centre is proposing an evening workshop for string players, supported by players from the European Union Chamber Orchestra. The proposed date is 19 May 2020, 6pm to 8.30pm in King’s Lynn. The workshop will go ahead if we receive provisional bookings from enough players.

The workshop is intended for intermediate-level players (approx. Grade 4+), to provide an opportunity to play in an ensemble and to develop skills and confidence. The event should be particularly suitable for children; adult learners or returners are welcome too.

We are asking for provisional bookings now, so that we can confirm the event. We are aiming to put together a small string orchestra, roughly as follows:

12 violins (6 to play 1st violin, 6 to play 2nd violin)
4 violas
6 cellos
2 double basses

We expect to make a small charge, which for children will not exceed £10. The majority of the cost of the workshop will be covered by West Norfolk Music Centre.

Please contact us by email to

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra: An Inspirational Journey, 15 March

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra presents ‘An Inspirational Journey’. Sunday 15 March 2020, 3.30pm at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. Free tickets for under-18s (when accompanied by a paying adult).

Composer James Francis Brown talks about his clarinet concerto Lost Lanes, Shadow Groves and its connection with Norfolk:

The programme also features our leader Er-Gene Kahng playing Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending:

Malcolm Arnold’s Scottish Dances:

And Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra:


Ubunye: Friday 20 March, 6.30pm

Springwood Young Promoters present Ubunye. Friday 20 March at 6.30pm, Sprinwood High School hall. All welcome, tickets available at

Love your music stand

A Valentine message for your music stand, and for ours at Music Centre. With a little TLC, you and your stand could be best of friends for years, even decades.

At Music Centre, we use the classic design of folding stand. This type of stand is light and compact, and it can meet the needs of most musicians most of the time. Follow a few basic rules, and our stands — and your own if you have one — will be happy. The stand in our photos is 28 years old and still going strong!

1. Big ears up, little ears down

The top part of the stand looks like it can fold in two ways — and, if you force it, it will. Folding the stand the wrong way is the most common cause of permanent damage.

The stand is designed to fold just one way. Do it wrong and the stand will bend.

Here’s the right way and the wrong way:

2. Not too tight!

The second most common cause of damage is tightening the screws too much. If you do this, you will eventually strip the threads (so the screw won’t work at all) or you will crush the tubes (making it difficult or impossible to slide them into each other).

If the screw doesn’t seem to grip enough, try cleaning the upright tube with a damp cloth, or with a bit of rubbing alcohol to remove grease.

3. Get the legs right

The legs of the stand should be opened so that they are at an angle of roughly 45 degrees to the ground. Too steep and the stand will become unstable and fall over. Too shallow and the stand will not support its own weight (and it will sink to the ground.

4. Support the stand from behind

It is best to rotate the music desk (the top of the stand) so that one of the legs sticks straight out behind the stand. If you do this, the stand is less likely to fall over backwards when you load it with music.



Duality: piano duets at the Town Hall

King’s Lynn Music Society presents Emma Abate & Julian Perkins, ‘Duality’, at 7.30pm, Wednesday 19 February 2020, at King’s Lynn Town Hall. Piano duets by Mozart, Clementi, Weber and Grieg, along with Stephen Dodgson’s ‘Tournament for Twenty Fingers’.

Free entry for under-18’s make this an ideal opportunity for young Music Centre members to enjoy a musical evening during the half-term holiday. Adult guests are invited to make a donation (£10 suggested) or to join the society (£50/year).

End-of-term concert: Saturday 21 March, 7pm

Our spring end-of-term concert will be a week before the end of this term, on Saturday 21 March, 7pm at Springwood High School, King’s Lynn.

Free admission for all (donations welcome), refreshments will be available during the interval.

Play at our Open Concert, 29 February

Come and play in our Open Concert on 29 February at St John’s Church in King’s Lynn. This short, informal concert is open to anyone who would like to play their instrument or sing — solo, duet or in a small group.

The Church is the Associated Board public exam centre in King’s Lynn, so if you are taking a music exam this is a chance to try a piece or two at your exam venue beforehand. We have previously welcomed players from beginners to grade 8+, as well as hearing some of our teachers perform for us.

Admission is free, refreshments will be served from 3.15pm, and the concert will finish by about 4.30.

To reserve your place and take part, please contact us.

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra: 19 January – Into the Woods

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra will be playing music by Brahms, Hindemith and Humperdinck on Sunday 19 January, 3.30pm at St Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn. Free tickets, as always, for young concertgoers!