“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 Director Day/Time
Reception Micro-Springers Anna Cooper Saturday, 9.15-10
Year 1 Mini-Springers Kate Venvell Saturday, 9.15-10
Year 2 Springers Singers Kate Venvell Saturday, 10.35-11.15
Year 2 Springers Recorders Anna Cooper Saturday, 11.30-12.10


From the earliest days to the peak of perfection, CMA orchestras offer progression and accomplishment. The youngest groups are supported and encouraged by adult and senior student mentors. The Symphony Orchestra is the pinnacle of orchestral achievement, representing the CMA in competitions. They have performed three times in the Schools Proms.

Standard Orchestras Conductor Day/Time
Beg-Grade 1 String Stars Kate Laughton Saturday, 9.15-10.15
Grade 2-3 Stringchronise (previously Junior Strings) Mary Walton Saturday, 9-10.15
Grade 4-5 Sinfonia (previously Junior Orchestra) Sally Stafford Saturday, 10.15-11.30
Grade 6-7 Philharmonic Orchestra (previously Senior Orchestra) Sheila Cornall Friday, 6-7.30
Grade 7+ Symphony Orchestra Sally Stafford Friday, 6-7.30
Grade 6-8+ String Orchestra Margot Rusmanis Friday, 4.45-5.45


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, consistently achieving Platinum awards in 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 Group Conductor Day/Time
Beg-Grade 1 Blast Off! Simon Davie Friday, 4.45-5.45
Grade 2-3 Supersonic! Anne-Marie Munoz, John Davie Friday, 6-7
Grade 4-5 Academy Wind Band (previously Junior Wind Band) Andy Rogers Saturday, 11.45-1
Grade 6-7 Symphonic Wind Band (previously Senior Wind Band) Simon Davie Friday, 7.45-9.15
Grade 7+ Concert Band Andy Rogers Friday, 7.45-9.15
Grade 3-5 Jazz Band (previously Junior Jazz Band) Simon Davie Tuesday, 6-7
Grade 6-8+ Big Band (previously Senior Jazz Band) Simon Davie Tuesday, 7.15-8.15


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 Springboard Choir Kate Venvell Saturday, 11.30-12.30
Year 4-5 Vocalise (previously Junior Choir) Natasha Marsh Saturday, 11.30-12.30
Year 6-8 Vocus (previously Intermediate Choir) Kate Venvell Friday, 4.45-5.45
Year 9-13 Youth Choir Tim Venvell Saturday, 10.30-12
Year 9-13 Show Choir Tom Noyes Tuesday, 6-7
By Invitation Chamber Choir Tim Venvell Saturday, 12.15-12.45

Chamber ensembles

Standard Group Director Day/Time
Grade 6-8+ Flute Choir Anne-Marie Munoz Friday, 4.45-5.45
Grade 6-8+ Clarinet Choir Francis Mullaly Friday, 4.45-5.45
Grade 6-8+ Saxophone Choir Francis Mullaly Friday, 6-7
Grade 6-8+ String Chamber Music Margot Rusmanis Friday, 7.45-8.45
Grade 4-5 String Chamber Music Ruth Cave Saturday, 9-10
Grade 6-8+ Woodwind Chamber Music Sue Beach Friday, 4.45-5.45
Grade 4-5 Woodwind Chamber Music Jeremy Foster Saturday, 9-10
Grade 6-8+ Brass Dectet Guy Button Friday, 4.45-5.45
Not beginners Harp Ensemble Claire Haynes Saturday 9-10


Standard Group Director Day/Time
Beginners Y2 Springers Recorders Anna Cooper Saturday, 11.30-12.15
Beginners/Improvers Y3-5 Recorder Racers Anna Cooper Saturday, 10.30-11.15
Elementary Junior Recorders Alex King Saturday, 10.30-11.15
Intermediate Recorder Ensemble Alex King Friday, 6-7
Advanced Recorder Consort Alex King Saturday, 9-10

Guitars and Percussion

Standard Group Director Day/Time
Not beginners Riff-Raff: acoustic/electric guitar Oz Wright Tuesday, 7.15-8.15
Grade 1-4 Percussion Pioneers: not focussing on drum kit Jonathan Lewin Friday, 6-7
Grade 5+ Senior Percussion Ensemble Paul Craggs Friday, 4.45-5.45

Musicianship and Theory

Standard Group Teacher Day/Time
Year 3-6 Music Explorers Andy Rogers Saturday, 10.15-11.15
Up to Grade 3 Theory is Fun! Andy Rogers Friday 5.15-5.45, £60 per term
Grade 4-5 Theory Warriors Andy Rogers Friday 6-6.30, £60 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