Inspiring Music Centres

Our Inspiring Music Centres offer a chance for musicians of all ages and abilities to play and learn together in an informal and fun setting.

They offer varied music-making opportunities, such as string and jazz ensembles, keyboards, ukuleles, folk group, junior band and concert band.

And they are a great stepping stone if you are looking to go on and perform with a local group, orchestra or collective.

Interested

If you are interested, you can drop us an enquiry form or just turn up on a Saturday morning to find out more.

We have three Inspiring Music Centres in Central Bedfordshire:

When are they open?

Autumn term

  • September 15, 22 and 29
  • October 6 and 13
  • November 3, 10, 17 and 24
  • December 1 and 8

Spring term

  • January 12, 19 and 26
  • February 2 and 23
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Summer term

  • April 27
  • May 11 and 18
  • June 8, 15, 22 and 29
  • July 6 and 13

We schedule times around the academic year, but anyone can use a centre - they're open to people of all ages and standards, from beginner upwards, with a wide range of opportunities to develop musicianship and playing skills. For most people, music has its greatest impact when played with others.

What can you do at an Inspiring Music Centre?

There is a huge range of musical activities on offer:

  • guitars
  • keyboards
  • orchestras
  • bands
  • choirs
  • recorders
  • rock groups
  • pre-school activities and much more

We have built up a range of ensembles over the past few years.

New ensembles appear each year and the format of others may change as we match them to our users’ needs.

Concert performances are the goal of most of our ensembles and are valuable experiences in their own right. 

We try to ensure that every ensemble in Inspiring Music Centres has regular performance opportunities, although these may not always be public occasions.

The Inspiring Music Centres give concerts in a variety of local venues and we encourage our members to attend these concerts even if they are not playing themselves. 

Prices

You can sign up for full or part time membership.

Part time membership either is generally the first or second half of the morning timetable:

  • Full membership: £8.54 per week or £8.33 when paying by Direct Debit
  • Part time membership: £5.76  per week or £5.56 when paying by Direct Debit

Discounts

We offer a 50% discount on the first term's classes at our Inspiring Music Centres to students currently receiving instrumental tuitions with Inspiring Music. 

To take advantage of this offer, please email inspiring.music@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk with your child's name and which centre they are attending. This offer only applies to first time music centre students.

There is also a 50% discount for 3rd family members.

If your child is in the care of Central Bedfordshire Council, as a Looked After Child, we offer places for free. Please contact us on 0300 300 6604 or inspiring.music@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk to discuss.

Funding may be available for low income families or families who suddenly find themselves in financial difficulties through charities such as Bedfordshire Educational Association or The Friends of Bedfordshire Youth Music.

How to find out more

You can visit an Inspiring Music Centre for a free session, have a look around, speak to the tutors, listen to the music and generally make sure you are comfortable with the set up.

You can then sign up online for full or part-time membership.