Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians

The Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians (PCYM)is an exciting venture for the region’s enthusiastic young musicians.

PCYM is a Guildhall Young Artist Network Partner, one of the world’s leading conservatoires.

PCYM is aimed at children and young people aged between 3-18 years. Acceptance will be based on, engagement, enthusiasm and musical potential with bursaries and free instrument loan available.

PCYM has packages suited to all ages and abilities allowing young musicians to progress on their musical journey.

For more information or to book a PCYM taster session, please email Kirsten Goldthorp – Head of Peterborough Music Hub (PMH) & Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians (PCYM)



GSMD – Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of musicians, actors and production artists in the heart of the City of London.

Ranked as the top UK conservatoire in the Guardian music and drama league tables, we deliver world-class professional training in partnership with distinguished artists, companies and ensembles.

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We believe that everyone should be able to access and experience music.

Soundabout uses music, sound, and silence to create opportunities where Learning Disabled people with complex support needs thrive.

We offer a wide range of music making and training opportunities that enhance wellbeing, communication, community, self-expression, and enjoyment.

Music is a universal language, a tool for communication for non-verbal people, and for expressing what can’t be put into words.

We focus on what individuals can do and follow their lead.

Working with Soundabout, the Hub have set up ‘Peterborough Music Inclusive’ – multi-sensory music making sessions for children and young people with additional needs.   Music Inclusive is held at PCYM at Ormiston Bushfield Academy, Orton, Peterborough Saturday mornings during term time.














Peterborough Youth Orchestra

Peterborough Youth Orchestra players are all Grade 6+ and week long holiday courses are held throughout the year, leading to special Gala Concerts at the end of each course.

The Peterborough Youth Orchestra is led by Robin Norman. Robin studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire, one of Europe’s top specialist music institutions, graduating with a first class honours degree in 1995. Since that time he has worked as musical director for a number of orchestras, concert bands and other ensembles, as well as performing around the world as a conductor and tuba player.

“It was an amazing course, and I really enjoyed it! I loved playing with other people both of the same age and ability…I could make friends, and the pieces we played were fun, but also challenging. The resulting concert was of a high standard – we got lots of positive feedback from the audience saying that we sounded almost professional! Although the course was very informal and fun, we still got a lot done, and learnt a lot about working in both a larger orchestra, and also, when doing sectionals, working in a much smaller group, often with just one person per part, and also without a conductor. I am really looking forward to going again this August.”

Lydia Cochrane—Flautist and attendee in 2015.

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We love to design, build, push our inventions to the limit until they break, then take them apart, fix them, and learn everything about them. The joy of imagining and then bringing your own instrument to life is infectious and we want to share it. We want to inspire inventors who know what to do when stuff goes wrong. We want to show them how to embrace failure, to boost resilience and to grow, independently, through trial and error.

We thought we would share this with your school: bringing Music, the Sciences and Creativity together, in a fantastic new series of experiences.




PHACE is Peterborough’s Cultural Education Partnership for children and young people, supporting and encouraging a generation of culturally active, knowledgeable and confident children and young people in and around the city and celebrating their talent. It is a Community Interest Company that is positioning itself to become the city’s cultural agency for 5 – 19 year olds, working in partnership with schools and other cultural providers to achieve the following objectives:

  • Children and young people are confident to take the lead, be creative and to be entrepreneurial
  • The arts and cultural offer is connected, highly visible and easy to access
  •  To create opportunities for arts and culturally focussed professional development and learning
  • To increase the uptake of the Arts Awards across all 5 levels

PHACE supports, endorses and commissions a broad programme of activity – heritage, arts, culture and enterprise, supporting the existing offer and acting as a conduit for external organisations wanting to work with children and young people in the city. It aims to signpost young people to careers and training opportunities within the creative industries. It is also the lead commissioned partner of Peterborough Music Hub and is contracted to deliver a programme of music education activity.



Peterborough Sings!

Peterborough Sings! leads two annual Big Sing events for local Primary and Junior Schools on behalf of the Peterborough Music Hub.

These hugely popular singing days, provide participating schools with high quality music tuition, together with a fantastic performance opportunity.

Teachers are supplied with resource material—including lyrics, sheet music and audio recordings.

Pupils participate in a variety of sessions with a team of professional vocal coaches, led by William Prideaux. In the afternoon they are joined by a live band who accompany their singing in the concluding performance.

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Beat This

Beat This is a Community Interest Company (or CIC), which is a social enterprise with a conscience.  We use music and technology to help children, young people, adults and people with additional needs develop skills, interact and express themselves through music.

Many of the people that we support are disengaged from mainstream society or education and may have special educational needs and disabilities, mental health issues, or challenging behaviour.

Please see below for some of the ways Peterborough Music Hub partners with Beat This

Alternative Music School – The Music Makers Club is a program for young people ages 8-18 who are interested in learning about music and creating their own music. The club will meet for five 2-hour sessions from September 2023 to August 2024. There are also three holiday sessions during this time period.

Little Chimes – Inclusive, interactive music-making programme, for a group of up to 20 home-schooled children, between the ages of 5 – 12

Beat Orchestra – The youth orchestra combines traditional orchestral and popular music instruments with electronic music production and rapping/singing. It was founded in 2013 by Beat This CIC, a community music organisation in Peterborough. The orchestra is open to young people aged 11 to 18 (25 with additional needs or as a young apprentice/volunteer), regardless of their musical experience.


Britten Sinfonia

The Peterborough Music Hub—through Orchestras Live— has developed a long-standing relationship with the Cambridge based Britten Sinfonia.

In Spring 2023 Britten Sinfonia worked with Music in the Round and presenter Polly Ives on Izzy Gizmo, a piece of new music by Paul Rissmann, based on the book by Pip Jones about Izzy, a young black girl who is an inventor and uses her engineering skills to help an injured bird fly. The music is designed to be engaging and accessible for children, with the chance for them to join in, learn, and sing.