Where we meet

Weekly meetings are held in Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, which is in Shiphay Lane, Torquay. There is a limited amount of parking. If you are new to the Music Centre, please come first to the information desk in the school hall.

Please click here for a map and directions.

Weekly meetings are after school on most Fridays during term time.The dates for Autumn 2018 to Summer 2019 are:

Autumn 2019 September  13 20 27
October 4  11
November 1 8 15 22
Rehearsal weekend for clarinets December 6-8
Spring 2020 January 10 17 24 31
February 7 28
March 6 13 20
Summer 2020 April 17 24
Wells Single Reed Day
for clarinets and saxophones
Sunday 26th April
May 1 (no 8th as bank holiday VE Day) 15
June 5 12 19 26
July 3
The weekly meetings are in two halves with a break of half an hour between. A tuck shop is available during the break. Students are able to take part in a different ensemble in each half, allowing them to work with a variety of sizes and styles of groups. The weekly timetable is:

4.30–5.30 grades director
Concert Brass 2+ Sue Durant
Concert Orchestra 1+ Helen Wills
Clarinet/Saxophone 3+ Marina Kummer
Flute Choir 3+ Claire Hindle
Percussion Ensemble 1+ Colin Bellworthy
Youth Strings 4+ Goska Kosmaczewska
Fast Forward 0-1 Tom Dean
Ukulele Strum 0+ Annabelle Knowles
5.30–6.00 break and tuck shop
6.00–7.00 grades director
Percussion 1–8 Colin Bellworthy
Youth Orchestra 3–8 Moira Devonport

There are more details on the ensembles page about the ensembles, their directors and which instruments and types of player each one is suitable for.

We have a concert at the end of each school term. All students are able to take part in public performances of the works they have rehearsed with their ensembles. Concerts for the 2019-2020 season are as follows:

date time rehearsals venue
Friday November 29 7.00 pm 4.30–6.30 Centenary Hall
Torquay Boys’ GS
Saturday March 21 7.00 pm 4.30–6.30 Ariel Centre, KEVICC, Totnes
March 23, 24, 25 6.00pm Torbay Schools’ Festival of Performing Arts
Friday 10 July 7.00 pm 4.30–6.30 Centenary Hall
Torquay Boys’ GS

Please put these dates in your diary and look out for details of rehearsal times and other arrangements in the newsletter and the news for members page on this website.

There is more information on the concerts page, where you can also see the programmes of our recent concerts.



Residential weekends provide a welcome and valuable opportunity for members to spend time with like-minded friends and to focus on their playing for extended periods. They are also a forum in which young musicians can learn from, and interact with, professional players in an informal environment.

Fees are £40 a term with reductions for families. For the Fast Forward groups only, fees are at the susidised rate of £20 per term, with no reduction for siblings. Free places are available if you are in receipt of free school meals.


Printable leaflet

If you would like to print the details on this page you can download our information leaflet.

Torbay and South Devon Music Centre is a registered charity : Registered charity number 1069605