Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians

With support from Peterborough Music Hub the Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians (founded in October 2016) is a collaboration between Ormiston Bushfield Academy, Cross Keys Homes and the Guildhall school of Music & Drama and based on the latter’s highly successful London model, CYM, opened back in 1970.

The Guildhall School is now the largest provider of high quality training for talented young musicians in the country and with the introduction of PCYM, Peterborough’s young musicians will have the opportunity to train locally in association with one of the world’s leading conservatoires.

PCYM is aimed at Children and Young People aged between 7-18 years.   As well as attracting young people who already play an instrument, the centre will also seek to attract young musicians who are in the earliest stages of learning or perhaps just beginning their musical learning.  All children and young people are welcome to learn music at PCYM.  Admissions are not based on the ability to pay and there are bursaries available for eligible applicants.

The weekly sessions, from 09.00-12.30 each Saturday during term time, will include a mix of individual instrumental lessons as required, ensemble and/or orchestra training, membership of a choir, supporting studies classes, as well as sessions from visiting professors and Guildhall School student residencies. Key skills in regular practice, instrumental and vocal technique, musical analysis and performance will deliver a comprehensive package of training.

A programme of lunchtime recitals will feature across the year and offer those all-important performance opportunities where pupils can display their growing confidence and experience – entertaining Peterborough in the process.

Taster sessions are available on most Saturdays during term time, please email or check the website as outlined below.

For more information or to book a PCYM taster session, please email the Music Hub and Centre Manager – Kirsten Goldthrop – or visit


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.


Boys’ Voices

Presented in Association with Peterborough Sings! and led by expert choir master Will Prideaux, weekly sessions are held at Longthorpe Primary School, Thorpe Primary School and Ravensthorpe Primary School.

It is hoped to extend this programme in the future. For further details email

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 at the city’s Broadway Theatre.

Places are offered to year groups/whole classes in KS2 and/or schools’ choirs.

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

On the day, pupils and staff travel by coach to the Broadway Theatre, arriving between 10am and 11am.

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.

The performance for parents and friends is held at 5.00pm on each of the days with tickets available for sale online. Accompanied children are free, although the event is not suitable for the very young. Pupils will leave with/be collected by their parents after the performance.

What participants attending previous projects have said:

‘’The resources were fantastic: they made teaching the songs a piece of cake.’’

Helen Jeffries-Harris, Longthorpe Primary School

‘’A great opportunity to make music alongside children from lots of different schools.’’

Di Roberts, South View Primary School

For further information email:

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.

For further details email –

Beat Orchestra


The Beat Orchestra is a meeting of musical minds that explores fusions of style, to make musical masterpieces. “I feel like I’m making musical history” – Member Michael Tee. You have the use of a professional rehearsal room and recording studio to practice and record your music. “We nurture a space to engage young musicians and create original music” – Music Leader Rufus. The rehearsals are designed to help you compose your music with expert support from professional musicians; your say on how the project is run and what to do is vital to the success of the orchestra. “The best thing is meeting new musicians and creating musical masterpieces together” – Member Jack T & Jude Meloni.


Young Musicians, whatever your preferred genre of music or ability. We are looking for Musicians, Producers, Singers, Rappers, Beat Boxers and instrumentalists aged 13-25, who are interested in making, composing and performing music as a large ensemble.


Chime Creation Centre, 27 Norfolk Street, The Courtyard, Unit A, PE1 2NP


Every other Friday. 5pm till 7pm. (Extra dates out of term time)

Contact: Lee Ashton –

Please look out for our next rehearsal and just turn up!

The Peterborough Music Festival

The Peterborough Music Festival has been an annual event since 1925 and it is a historic part of the city’s cultural heritage.

Children take part by entering as vocalists and/or instrumentalists in a variety of graded classes under the watchful eyes (and ears) of a highly qualified professional adjudicator. Their performances are evaluated and grades awarded.

The winners of each category are invited to compete for the prestigious title of Musician of the Year.

In 2016, Peterborough Music Hub sponsored a brand new category, the New Youth Music Showcase. This competition was introduced to highlight the special skills and talents of Peterborough’s young composers and songwriters. The winner receives a cash prize, as well as a recording session and other promotional opportunities across the year.

More details can be found at

Britten Sinfonia

The Peterborough Music Hub—through Orchestras Live— has developed a long-standing relationship with the Cambridge based Britten Sinfonia. The highly acclaimed company are regular visitors to Peterborough and have made a number of concert appearances at venues across the city.

Recent major Music Hub projects have included a KS1/2 Schools’ Tour of Neoma and the Night Time.

This was preceded by Pentatonic Roulette at the Kingsgate Conference Centre, a workshop project with 120 young musicians from Ken Stimpson Community School, Jack Hunt School, Thomas Deacon Academy and St. John Fisher School. These young musicians joined together with Britten Sinfonia players in a special live streamed performance.

Britten Sinfonia delivered a ‘Let’s Play’ project at the Broadway Theatre in February 2016 with young instrumentalists from both primary and secondary schools playing alongside members of the company.

Phoenix School in Orton Malbourne also enjoyed a visit from the company back in February 2016 as part of a three-day Creative Orchestra project.