Youth and Community Music Activities

Bedfordshire has a wide and varied musical programme, with opportunities for students to take part in orchestras, bands, youth opera, festivals and more. There are activities for different ages and abilities, and these are extremely valuable for the progress of young players.

To find out more about joining any of the activities listed below, please contact the groups directly.

Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra attracts both amateur and professional players from the local area. Rehearsals are held at Goldington Academy on Wednesdays, 7:30 -9:30pm, during term time. There are usually three concerts each season, performed in November, February, and May under the direction of Michael Rose. For more information and contact details, please go to the Bedfordshire Orchestral Society website at or take a look at their Facebook page or Twitter page.

Dunstable Town Band. A mixed wind band with woodwind, brass, saxophones and percussion, New members are welcome. No audition necessary but suitable for Grade 5+.  Monday 7.30pm (start playing at 7.45pm) – 9.30pm. Mill Vale Middle School, Wilbury Drive. Dunstable Town Second Band is aimed at beginners or those wishing to re-visit playing an instrument. All are welcome, especially young people who would like to progress to the main band. Rehearsals: Monday 7.00 pm to 7.30 pm, Mill Vale School. Contact: Denise Holdsworth, 07963 999206, email  dizzyd@virginmedia.com

Houghton Regis Star Strings meets every Thursday at Tithe Farm Lower School, Houghton Regis between 3.30 – 4.30pm under the direction of Mrs Larissa Felce. With an emphasis on fun and enjoyment, the group is aimed at beginners and those at the early stages of learning. Term time only. Open to all. Contact 0300 300 6604 to find out more.

The South Bedfordshire Youth Voices is a vocal group aimed at students at middle or upper school, which meets at Southcott Lower School in Leighton Buzzard between 6.15 and 7.45pm during term time Thursday under the expert direction of Mrs Susan Cox. Call 0300 300 6604 for further details.

The South Bedfordshire Sinfonia is an advanced string ensemble that meets during term time Monday under the direction of Ms Jane Wheeler at Cedars Upper School in Leighton Buzzard. To join, call the Inspiring Music office on 0300 300 6604.

Bedfordshire Big Band is looking for new players. They rehease on Fridays at 5pm-6.30pm at Kempston West Methodist Church. The concept of the band is to allow students to join an ensemble and gain ensemble experience. This group is open to trombone, trumpet or saxaphone Players of Grade 5 standard or above. Contact Dave Probert at to join.

Keep watching this space for more exciting opportunities to play together in the future.