Love music? We have what you want!

We are now looking for new members for all our ensembles! If you're interested in any of our groups (except for Area Bands) please fill out the enrolment form (link below). Area Band forms can be found here.

From our brilliant beginner Area Bands to our more advanced Robin Hood Youth Orchestra family of ensembles, from rock and pop to samba and world music - we have something for everyone! If you love making music, you've come to the right place. Browse our groups below to see which one is the best suited for you.


First Access

We offer instrumental teaching in primary schools across the city. Our programmes include Whole Class Ensemble as well as the transformative In Harmony project, adapted to suit different schools’ needs.

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Area Bands

We run seven after-school music ensembles called Area Bands across the city. Bands are open to city students and are a great opportunity for children to improve their musical skills and make friends!

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Robin Hood Youth Orchestra family

The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra family includes our flagship youth orchestra RHYO, RHYO Intermediate, RHYO Connect, StrOrkestra and the Jazz Squad.

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Robin Hood Youth Choir

Join our wonderful Robin Hood Youth Choir! For 8 - 18 year olds every Wednesday in collaboration with Nottingham Cathedral.

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Bloco Notto

If you are interested in playing samba, taiko or African drumming, join Bloco Notto, our world music groups that meet once a week at College Street Centre, Nottingham.

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Band Factory

If you like rock/pop music, Band Factory offers a space where you can join a band or practice with your existing band, get feedback from professional musicians and have fantastic performance opportunities!

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Music Accreditation

We’re committed to helping young people with their musical progression. If you’re interested in gaining recognition by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), click to find out more.

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Friday Follow On

An opportunity for Nottingham city pupils (11-19) who want to continue playing their instrument in secondary school. Please read further for eligibility criteria.

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