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.

Beginner Band

If you play just a few notes on any orchestral instrument we would love you to joins. Tuesdays during term time 4.15-5.15 . Whickham St Mary's Parish Centre upstairs. 

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.

Adult Viols Consort

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

Advanced Cello Ensemble

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

CMWS Community Orchestra

This is our new ensemble for musicians of any age in the community to come and play. Dust off that old instrument and join our growing new 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.

Music theory and composition

These classes take place on Tuesday evenings 5.30pm-6.30pm 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.

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!

Cello, Violin and Guitar Tuition

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

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.

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

Membership Structure


Attendance is payable termly at £60 per term per ensemble. However, any subsequent groups attended are only an extra £24 per term.


Additionally, if you have family members attending groups they will be charged at half price. 


Chase Notes choir is not included in the above system, it is paid for weekly at £3.00 per session.


We run three terms per year - September to Christmas, January to Easter, and Easter to July. On average there are 12 sessions per term.