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

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.

Find out more:


Soundabout Inclusive Choir for Peterborough Youth 

The Soundabout Inclusive Choir for Peterborough Youth (launch Saturday 26th September 2020) is a brand new choir delivered as a partnership between the charity and the Peterborough Music Hub.

The choir, which is being run virtually via Zoom throughout 2020 will welcome young people of all abilities up to the age of 18 to create a musical community without barriers. Rehearsals take place on Saturday mornings at 11.00am.
The choir is co-directed by Emma Hughes and Eleanor Gibson who encourage all members to contribute ideas for repertoire, and to build up confidence to lead on particular songs. As a result the music we perform is very varied. There are always lots of opportunity for performance, both recorded/in the media and live.
Clare Cook, CEO, Soundabout:
 “Our experience in Oxford has shown us the powerful impact that an inclusive choir has on all involved – creating a musical community around children and young people with disabilities builds confidence in their own musicality and ability to form relationships. Some of the members will be singers, others may use technology or traditional instruments to make their contribution – all are welcome. Our team is aspirational in our approach and we are always looking to create exciting opportunities for leadership and performance within the choir.”
To get an idea of how the choir works, please watch this BBC News piece about our Oxford Choir.

Sign up to join the Peterborough Inclusive Choir!


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 –


A new competitive Festival for young musicians developed by experienced Festival organisers Moira and Diane, in partnership with Peterborough Music Hub.  Check out the website to browse the syllabus, and for full details.



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.


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:

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!

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.