This year will be different in the way that we are running ensembles at NMS due to COVID19 and the restrictions. There will be 3 ensembles running this term. Unfortunately we are restricted to offering them to one year group at a time. The ensembles will begin the week commencing Monday 14th September 2020. If your child plays one of the instruments below (to whatever standard) and is in the year that the ensemble is for, please encourage them to join the ensemble. The Percussion Ensemble will take total beginner players and drums / percussion are provided.

Taking part in extra-curricular music activities can boost confidence and self-esteem along with further developing instrumental skills and making new friendships:

  • YEAR 6 PUPILS ONLY – Tuesday 3.30pm – 4.30pm: Ceilidh Band (violin, guitar, flute, penny whistle, Northumbrian pipes, bodhran, keyboard, bass)  in Newminster Hall (starting Tuesday 15th September)
  • YEAR 7 PUPILS ONLY – Wednesday 3:30 – 4:30pm: Jazz Band (clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, drums, guitar, keyboard (able to use school keyboards), bass) in Newminster Music Room (starting Wednesday 16th September)
  • YEAR 5 PUPILS ONLY – Thursday 3.30pm – 4.30pm: Percussion Ensemble (Percussion and drums provided – beginners welcome) in Newminster Hall (starting Thursday 17th September)

If your child would like to attend one these ensemble groups, they will need to attend the rehearsals starting the week commencing Monday 14th September 2019.

Our ensembles have been funded by the schools and the Music Service and are run by music peripatetic teachers from the Music Partnership North who are DRB checked.

All instrumental tuition with Music Partnership North will take place on line. Steel pan lessons will start later in the term and will be taught in year group bands.

Choir is unable to take place this term however all the pupils at Newminster will be taking part in ‘The Lion King Experience’ during their music lessons and we have plans to develop the project into some kind of performance in Summer 2021.