Getting 2 where we meet

Weekly Friday meetings are held in Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Dr, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7EL. 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 Tuesday meetings are held at Oldway Primary School, Higher Polsham Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 2SY. 

Weekly Thursday meetings are held at Brixham C of E Primary School, Higher Ranscombe Rd, Brixham TQ5 9HF.

We have a concert at the end of each school term. All students (from Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday sessions) are able to take part in public performances of the works they have rehearsed with their ensembles. 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.

Autumn 2023: Torquay Boys Grammar School Centenary Hall 7pm Friday 2nd December – Rehearsals from 4:30-6:30pm in hall and in usual classrooms

Spring 2024: Torquay Boys Grammar School Centenary Hall 7pm Friday 22nd March – Rehearsals 4.30-6.30)

Summer 2024:  Torquay Boys Grammar School, Outside the Manor House on the Terrace or in Centenary Hall 7pm Friday 5 th July – Rehearsals 4.30–6.30

Rehearsal LocationsOldway Primary Fast Forward Tues 4-5pmBrixham Primary Fast Forward Thurs 3.45-4.45pmTorquay Boys Grammar School Music Centre FriPeninsula Clarinet Choir at Ariel Centre KEVICCs Totnes TQ9 5JX unless stated.
September12, 19, 2614, 21, 288,15, 22, 29No rehearsals this month
October3,10,175, 12, 196, 13Saturday 7th Oct. 9.30-12.45 Plus Clarinet Day at Wells. TBC
November7, 14, 219, 16, 233, 10, 17, 24Sat. 4th Nov. 9.30-12.45
Performance / ConcertFriday 24th November Torquay Boys Grammar School, Centenary Hall 7pm (Rehearsals 4.30-6.30)Residential weekend at Pixies Holt, Dartmeet PL20 6SG. Fri- Sun 1st-3rd December

Rehearsal LocationsOldway Primary Fast Forward Tues 4-5pmBrixham Primary Fast Forward Thurs 3.45-4.45pmTorquay Boys Grammar School Music Centre FriPeninsula Clarinet Choir at Ariel Centre KEVICCs Totnes TQ9 5JX unless stated.
January9, 16, 23, 3011, 18, 255, 12, 19, 26 Sat. 13th Jan. 9.30-12.45
February6, 271, 8, 292, 23 Sat. 3rd Feb. 9.30-12.45
March5, 12, 19, (22)7, 14, 21, (22)1, 8, 15, 22Saturday 9th Mar 9.30-12.45
Fri. 22nd Mar. at TBGS
Concert dress.
Performance / ConcertFriday 22nd March Torquay Boys Grammar School, Centenary Hall 7pm (Rehearsals 4.30-6.30)

Rehearsal LocationsOldway Primary Fast Forward Tues 4-5pmBrixham Primary Fast Forward Thurs 3.45-4.45pmTorquay Boys Grammar School Music Centre FriPeninsula Clarinet Choir at Ariel Centre KEVICCs Totnes TQ9 5JX unless stated.
April23, 302519, 26Sat. 27th Apr. 9.30-12.45
May7, 14 2, 9, 163, 10, 17
Devon County
Show Sat. 18th
May Groups TBC
Performance at The Devon County Show Sat. 18th May Concert dress.
June4, 11, 18, 256, 13, 20, 277, 14, 21, 28 Sat. 22nd June 9.30-12.45
July2 (5) 4 (5) 5Sat.13th July concert TBC
Performance / ConcertFriday 5th July Torquay Boys Grammar School, Outside the Manor House on the Terrace or in Centenary Hall 7pm (rehearsals 4.30–6.30Concert dress is white shirt and black trousers. Bring a music stand, spare reeds, pencils, instrument stands and clarinets(!), including specialist ones, to all events.

 

The Friday 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
Brass Ensemble: All brass instruments 0+ Hannah Spooner
Concert Orchestra: All orchestral instruments 1+ Helen Wills
Single Reed Ensemble: Clarinets/Saxophones 3+ Marina Kummer
Flute Choir 3+ Claire Hindle
Percussion Samba Ensemble 0 Colin Bellworthy
Youth Strings: Violin/Viola/Cello/Double Bass 4+ Goska Kosmaczewska
Fast Forward: All beginner musicians 0-1 Tom Deam
5.30–5.45 break and tuck shop
5.45–6.45 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.

 

Residentials/Musical Experiences

 

Residential weekends/Music Experiences 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 £45 a term with reductions for families. For the Fast Forward groups only, fees are at the subsidised rate of £30 per term, with no reduction for siblings. Free places and bursaries are available which are dependent on circumstances.

Printable leaflet

If you would like to join any of our Torbay and South Devon Music Centre sessions please download our flyer.

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