Special Events

Harp Rock Cafe!

CMA will be launching a new Find Your Forte Harp class in January 2020. In anticipation, our Harp Rock Cafe event on Saturday November 9th will showcase the harp. 9am-1pm at Wycombe High School, everyone is welcome FREE to hear all about the harp, try instruments for themselves and listen to the experts play traditional, contemporary and electric harp! Not to be missed!

If you play the harp, you are invited to take part in the workshop part of the event, led by Eleanor Turner, previously head of harp at Birmingham Conservatoire. Tickets for the workshop are £15 per participant (no charge for audience.) There is limited availability, so please click HERE to register.

Happy Birthday CMA!

Come and celebrate with us at our Big Party on Saturday July 6th at Wycombe High School. Visiting players and singers welcome!

Any young musician aged 5-18 is welcome to join in without prior booking- just bring your instrument and present yourself at the Welcome Desk from 10am to register.

You will take part in an Instrumental workshop suited to your ability and a further Vocal workshop, all preparing music for a grand performance between 12.45am and 1.15pm.

Just want to watch?

The CMA Big Party is free for everone. There will be a carnival atmosphere all morning for families to enjoy: a bouncy castle, food and fun galore. Children will have a chance to try playing orchestral instruments between 10.30 and 11am.

We have been marking the occasion all year in a series of concerts sponsored by Concerto:

Choral Concert

This concert was an inspiration. All choirs from year 3-13 performed together, and three international opera singers added their voices to the event, witnessed by an awestruck audience and the composers of two of the songs performed. Not one to be forgotten!

Stringfest 2018: a celebration of strings

In collaboration with local string orchestra, Chiltern Camerata, directed by Sam Laughton, the string players of CMA kicked off the 5th anniversary concert series with Stringfest on Saturday 1st December, exploring some of the most exciting and beloved string repertoire in a celebration of the genre.


Snow stopped play in February, but the irrepressible bands of CMA set the hall buzzing in their celebratory concert on Sunday 28th April. It was an inspiration to see all the brass, woodwind and percussion players, from the youngest to the oldest, playing together. Bravo!

Side-By-Side…Royal Holloway Logo

Building on the exciting partnership forged last year, Royal Holloway University of London Symphony Orchestra continues to work with CMA Symphony Orchestra.

Watch the video and see what they learned from each other last year…

The Band of the RAF Regiment continue to work regularly with the senior bands, giving the young musicians experience of life as a professional musician with recording, performing and marching included in their partnership with CMA.

A snapshot of one of the RAF workshop days…

The Power of Music

The Symphony Orchestra shared their music with children with additional needs in a heart-warming feast of experience, sound and discovery.

Schools’ Proms

Following the National Festival of Music for Youth, the CMA Symphony Orchestra was selected to perform TWICE at the Royal Albert Hall in Autumn 2017.