Love music? We have what you want!

If you already play in our ensemble(s), you can read upcoming news and notices by clicking on the name of your ensemble in the purple box below.

Please remember that ALL participants have to fill in an enrolment form. Even if you filled out a form last year, you need to renew it this year!

If you're new or interested in music making opportunities, continue down the page and look through the different options. We have a range of ensembles and groups so find the one that suits you best.

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!


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

Excited to launch the Robin Hood Youth Choir in partnership with Nottingham Cathedral Music! Keep watching this space for more details.

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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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