Fri 17 September: Violin and Piano at the Guildhall

On Friday 17 September 2021 at 6pm, at St George’s Guildhall, King’s Lynn, Classical Music Rocks and Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust presents Kamila Bydlowska on violin and Siobhain O’Higgins on piano.

Just £8 for adults, and £2 for children (one accompanying child per adult).

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.

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.