The Big Noise!

The Big Noise is an annual event, bringing children together to work at greater depth to make fabulous music and experience the joy of ensemble playing. FREE for instrumentalists in Years 3-7, the Big Noise involves string, wind, brass, recorders, guitar and percussion players of all abilities in the creation of a local schools’ orchestra.

Big Noise 2018 will be on Friday, 19th October at the Royal Grammar School. Eligible children will be in year 3-7 next academic year with at least a year of instrumental tuition behind them. Primary schools can already identify these children as anyone in year 2+ learning an instrument now will be suitable and welcome!

To ensure that your school does not miss out, you can make a provisional booking based on this estimate: please email as soon as you can.

Can individuals apply? If your child’s school has an inset day on October 19th, you can apply directly for a place at the Big Noise! Please email ensuring that your child meets the requirements:

  • Year 3-7 in 2018/19
  • String, wind, brass, recorders, guitar or percussion players who have had instrumental lessons for at least a year.

Big Noise 2017 – 260 young musicians came together at RGS in October for play, passion and performance!

“The best day of my life”- one child from St. Michaels Catholic School

Sing, Perform, Inspire!

CMA have been working with Primary Schools to bring quality music making to all. Children from year two to year six, regardless of ability or experience, meet with others from their year group at a host school, where they enjoy a day of music and fun, culminating in a short concert. It is wonderful to witness the quality of performance achieved in such a short session.

  • Sing – learn to create, maintain and communicate fabulous singing to an audience
  • Perform – share your music with the Head Teachers and Governors of your school
  • Inspire – return to school, inspired to continue to engage in music with enthusiasm
The final performance is video recorded, enabling schools to share in the success and achievement of their students in assembly or via the school website. A flavour of the incredible results can be seen in the following videos:
Year 4 June 2018

Year 3 April 2018

Year 2 March 2018

Year 5 January 2018

Year 6 October 2017

Year 2 March 2017

Year 4 March 2017

Year 6, October 2016

Get involved!

If your school would like to be involved, drop us an email at or keep an eye on this page for updates of the details of upcoming sessions. Let us inspire you to inspire your school!

I really loved singing with an orchestra. It made me more confident!” – year four child from Kingswood School