Currently we are offering the following groups. Our membership fees and structure is listed below. Contact us for more information about joining one of these groups. Don't own an instrument? We have a limited supply of instruments we can loan to you, please let us know and we can discuss availability.

CMWS Community Orchestra

This is our growing ensemble for musicians of any age in the community to come and play. Dust off that old instrument and join our fantastic band! Everyone is very welcome. No matter what instrument you play, we can accommodate you. If you can hold a tune, you are good enough. This group meets on Mondays 7:00 pm - 8:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Swalwell.

Whickham Viols

Whickham is one of the leading centres in the UK for tuition in the viol. This ensemble for under-19s meets on Sundays between 6pm-7pm at the Rectory Hall, Church Chare, Whickham. We are hoping to establish a beginners ensemble soon.

Advanced Cello Ensemble

This group meets on Sundays between 7pm and 8pm at the Rectory Hall, Church Chare, Whickham.

Bells Up - Handbell Ringing Group

A fun handbell group for people of all ages, we meet on Tuesdays 5.30-7.30pm in Rectory Hall, Church Chare, Whickham. You don't need to have any previous experience and you don't need to be able to read music. Come along!

Chase Notes Community Choir

Community Choir, no previous experience required, all welcome. We meet at Chase Court, Rectory Lane, Whickham NE16 4NL on Tuesdays during term time, 3-4pm.

Music theory and composition

CMWS has a fine tradition of preparing students for the ABRSM grade 5 theory qualification. Almost 20 students have gained this award over the past few years. At the last session there was 100% pass rate. Classes have been given on a Tuesday evening at the Parish Centre between 5.30-6.30pm, but they are now available via Skype. Students of all levels and ability are welcome. Led by John Treherne MBE MA LTCL QTS, for all those wishing to gain more knowledge of music and write their own compositions. The fee is £60 per term (usually 12 weeks). 



Cello, Violin and Guitar Tuition

Our tutors offer lessons in these instruments on Sunday and Monday afternoons, in practice space subsidised by CMWS.

Adult Viols Consort

This group meets on Tuesdays 7pm-8.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Swalwell

There are currently places available in classes for upper string players and acoustic guitarists. Please contact us for more information or email