Bloco Notto & Upbe^t

Delighted to announce that we will be resuming Bloco Notto from September 2021 as well as introducing an exciting new rhythm and percussion ensemble called Upbe^t!


Our new ensemble is for city pupils ages 8 and above and guess what, you don't even need to have a musical instrument!

This exciting group will learn everything from Taiko drumming to stomp type drumming, body percussion from other cultures and other creative ways of using everyday objects as musical instruments!

They will meet once a week on Fridays from 4:00 PM to 4:55 PM at Nottingham Playhouse. All rehearsals will also be streamed online using Microsoft Teams so if you are unable to attend a session for any reason, you can just log in from the comfort of your home and still be part of the practice session.

Bloco Notto

If you love drums and percussion, Bloco Notto is perfect for you! Bloco Notto helps young people develop skills on percussion instruments from across the globe, with tuition from experienced percussionists.


We run two Bloco Notto groups. Our Beginner's Group is for young people with little to some experience of playing instruments, while our Advanced Group is aimed at people who have been playing a percussion instrument for a while and want to learn more complex samba rhythms. Bloco Notto has performance opportunities throughout the year at our concerts and city cultural events. All instruments are provided so just come armed with your spirit and love for music!

Members of Bloco Notto posing for a photograph with their instruments
Bloco Notto members practicing at the College Street Centre

Who It's For:

Beginners' Group: 9-16 year old students who have a sense of rhythm. Young people who have not played percussion instruments before are still welcome to join!

Advanced Group: Secondary students who have experience playing percussion instruments and would like to improve their skills further.

When & Where:

Beginners' Group: Thursday from 6 pm-7 pm
Advanced Group: Thursday from 7 pm-9 pm

Both groups will rehearse at Nottingham Cathedral NG1 5AE

Ensemble Fees

For young people who live in the city and/or study in a city state school, the annual cost of joining any music hub ensemble is £54 (£15 concessions). Please note that you only have to pay one annual fee but can be part of more than one Music Hub ensemble (for example, your child may play in RHYO InterConnect as well as Guitar Connect but just pay the ensemble fee ONCE).For all other young people, please note that the annual cost of joining a music hub ensemble is £110.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss alternative payment options.

Ensemble Fees - January to July 2022

If you're starting one of our ensembles from January this year, please use the options below to make your fee payment. Thank you!

Enrolment Fee
Nottingham Music Hub