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.
This is a string orchestra for players of Grade 3 and above. We meet on Mondays at 4.30 in the Rectory Hall, Church Chare, Whickham.
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.
This group meets on Tuesdays 7pm-8.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Swalwell
This group meets on Sundays between 7pm and 8pm at the Rectory Hall, Church Chare, Whickham.
For those musicians who are beginning to play any orchestral or band instrument and who would enjoy playing with other people. So called because the only requirement is that you can play at least two notes! Weekly sessions are led by John Treherne, who has extensive experience of working with musicians at all levels. More advanced musicians are also welcome to join and music will be specially written and arranged by the director. This group meets on Tuesdays 4.15-5.15pm in the Bede Room, Parish Hall, Church Chare, Whickham.
These classes take place on Tuesday evenings 5.15pm-6.15pm in the Bede Room, Parish Hall, Church Chare, Whickham. Led by John Treherne, for all those wishing to gain more knowledge of music and write their own compositions.
A fun handbell group for people of all ages, we meet on Tuesdays 6.15-7.15pm in the Bede Room, Parish 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!
Our tutors offer lessons in these instruments on Sunday and Monday afternoons, in practice space subsidised by CMWS.
|Cello, guitar and violin tuition||Sunday||Individual or small group tuition||12.30pm onwards||Rectory Hall, Church Chare, Whickham|
|Whickham Viols Ensemble||Sunday||Tuition, practice and playing together||6-7pm|
|Whickham Cello Ensemble||Sunday||7-8pm|
|Adult Viols Consort||Tuesday||7-8.30pm||Holy Trinity Church, Swalwell|
|2 Note Band||Tuesday||Learning music and playing together||4.15-5.15pm||Bede Room, Parish Hall, Church Chare, Whickham|
|Theory & Composition||Tuesday||Gaining knowledge and writing music||5.15-6.15pm|
|Bells Up||Tuesday||Handbell ringing||6.15-7.15pm|
|Chase Notes||Tuesday||Community Choir, no previous experience required, all welcome.||2.30-3.30pm||Chase Court, Rectory Lane, Whickham|
In addition we are planning to set up the following groups in the near future
For small group and individual lessons, according to demand.
For players of grade 6 and above led by John Finnon and Erardo Evans.
A new class will begin for all ages and abilities.
We offer various levels of membership.
Membership of Bells Up handbell group only is £35 per term.
Full membership covers Whickham Strings, Whickham Viols, Advanced Cello Ensemble, Bells Up and the 2 Note Band. This costs £50 per term.
Theory & Composition classes are not covered in the full membership. These classes cost £50 per term for non-members and £30 per term for Full Members.
Adult Viol Consort sessions are paid for weekly and cost £3.50 per session.
We run three terms per year - September to Christmas, January to Easter, and Easter to July. On average there are 10 sessions per term.