Beginner ensembles

Suffolk Youth Music beginner ensembles are for:

  • children and young people in their first year of learning, and
  • pupils who receive Key Stage 2 Whole Class Ensemble Teaching lessons with a County Music Service tutor at school.

Also known as 'First Access Ensembles', these ensembles offer an excellent introduction to group music-making for players at a standard equivalent to grade 0-1.

Starting in January 2019, these programmes provide opportunities for all instruments.


For pupils in their first year of learning an instrument with a County Music Service tutor in school, these activities are free of charge during the spring and summer terms of that first year.

Pupils not learning with the Music Service but who are in their first year of learning can also join. The usual termly charge will apply.

How to join

Please contact Suffolk County Music Service if you would like to join a beginner activity:

Where and when?

Activity information for 2019 will be published later in the Autumn term. Last year's beginner activities included:

Events Calendar

Term dates

Download the Suffolk Youth Music calendar to find out when beginner ensembles are in session.

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