“Springers” foundation course

The right start to create and maintain a lifelong love of music! Our KS1 music foundation course involves singing, percussion and recorder  in broad ranging introduction to music intended to give young children the basic skills that will enable them to learn an instrument quickly and musically.

Age Springboard Conductor Day/Time
Reception Micro-Springers Tamara O’Brien Saturday, 9-9:45am
Year 1 Mini-Springers Kate Venvell Saturday, 9-9:45am
Year 2 Springers Singers Natasha Marsh Saturday, 10-11am
Year 2 Springers Recorders Helen Turnbull Saturday, 11:15am-12pm


From the earliest days to the peak of perfection, CMA orchestras offer progression in orchestral playing. The youngest groups are supported and encouraged by adult and senior student mentors. Regular sectionals enable the more advanced students to master their individual parts efficiently. Ultimately, the Symphony Orchestra is the pinnacle of orchestral achievement offering the most accomplished players opportunities to perform concertos and representing the CMA in competitions.

Standard Orchestras Conductor Day/Time
Beg-Grade 1 String Stars Kate Laughton Saturday, 10-11am
Grade 2-3 Junior Strings Mary Walton Saturday, 10-11am
Grade 4-5 Junior Orchestra Sally Stafford Saturday, 9:30-10:45am
Grade 6-7 Senior Orchestra Sheila Cornall Friday, 6-7:30pm
Grade 7+ Symphony Orchestra Sally Stafford Friday, 6-7:30pm
Grade 6-8+ String Orchestra Margot Rusmanis Friday, 4:45-5:45pm


Buzzing with dynamism, the earliest bands encourage young players to grow in confidence in an atmosphere of enthusiastic support. The concert band is the flag-ship band of the CMA, achieving a Platinum award in the 2015,16 and 17 National Concert Band Festivals. Blazing the trail for jazz, the CMA Jazz Bands “swing” wide their welcome to players eager to learn to improvise.

Standard Bands Conductor Day/Time
Beg-Grade 1 Blast Off! Simon Davie Friday, 4:45-5:45pm
Grade 2-3 Supersonic! John Davie, Anne-Marie Munoz Friday, 6-7pm
Grade 4-5 Junior Wind Band Andy Rogers Saturday, 11am-12:15pm
Grade 6-7 Senior Wind Band Simon Davie Friday, 7:45-9:15pm
Grade 7+ Concert Band Andy Rogers Friday, 7:45-9:15pm
Grade 3-5 Junior Jazz Band Simon Davie Tuesday, 6-7pm
Grade 6-8+ Senior Jazz Band Simon Davie Tuesday, 7:15-8:15pm


No child needs an instrument to make music! Choral singing is the first step to developing the all-round musician. We at the CMA believe that all students can and should sing, developing a sense of pitch, rhythm and phrasing through fun action songs in the early stages through to complex and challenging choral singing of the highest standard.

Age Choir Conductor Day/Time
Year 3-5 Junior Choir Kate Venvell Saturday, 11:15am-12:15pm
Year 6-8 Intermediate Choir Kate Venvell Friday, 4:45-5:45pm
Year 9-13 Youth Choir Tim Venvell Saturday, 9:30-11am
Year 9-13 Show Choir Richard Halton/Julie Gossage Saturday, 11:30am-12:30pm
By Invitation Chamber Choir Tim Venvell Saturday, 11-11:30am

Chamber ensembles

Standard Group Director Day/Time
Grade 6-8+ Flute Choir Anne-Marie Munoz Friday, 4:45-5:45pm
Grade 6-8+ Clarinet choir Alison Downie Friday, 4:45-5:45pm
Grade 6-8+ Saxophone choir Alison Downie Friday, 6-7pm
Grade 5+ String chamber music Margot Rusmanis Friday, 7:45-8:45pm
Grade 6-8+ Woodwind Chamber Music Sue Beach Friday, 4:45-5:45pm
Grade 6-8+ Brass Dectet Guy Button Friday, 4:45-5:45pm


Standard Group Director Day/Time
Beginners Y2 Springers Recorders Helen Turnbull Saturday, 11:15am-12pm
Beginners/Improvers Y3-5 Recorder Racers Claire Haynes Saturday, 9-9:45am
Elementary Junior Recorders Claire Haynes Saturday, 10:15am-11:00am
Intermediate Recorder Ensemble Alex King Friday, 6-7pm
Advanced Recorder Consort Alex King Saturday, 11:15am-12:15pm

Guitars and Percussion

Standard Group Director Day/Time
Beginners, year 3-6 Find Your Forte Acoustic Guitar Matt Hanson Tuesday, 5-5:45pm
Year 6-9 Riff-Raff: acoustic/electric guitar jamming Matt Hanson Tuesday, 7:15-8:15pm
Year 6-13 Guitars Rock! electric guitar jamming Matt Hanson Tuesday, 6-7pm
Beginners, year 5-9 Stomp! Body percussion/junk drumming Steve Whibley Tuesday 6-7 pm
Grade 1-4 Percussion Pioneers Jonathan Lewin Friday, 6-6:45pm
Grade 5+ Senior Percussion Ensemble Paul Craggs Friday, 4:45-5:45pm
Grade 7+ Elite Percussion Ensemble Student Led Friday, 6-6:45pm

Musicianship and Theory

Standard Group Director Day/Time
Year 3-6 Music Explorers Tamara O’Brien Saturday, 10-11am
Up to Grade 3 Theory is Fun! Andy Rogers Friday 5.15-5.45pm, £50 per term
Grade 4-5 Theory Warriors Andy Rogers Friday 6-6.30pm, £50 per term

Please note: grade boundaries are a guideline only. Suitability for an ensemble also depends on:

  • Instrument played
  • Spaces available
  • Age and maturity
  • Sight reading ability
  • Ensemble experience