Music Camp

Music Camp 2023 is now open for bookings! We look forward to a wonderful residential in Ilam, Peak District from 11th September - 16th September 2023 full of musical adventures in the beautiful countryside.

If you haven't received a link to the booking form, please email

Music Camp 2022

Thank you to all the schools that participated in Music Camp this year. We had an amazing time in the Peak District, learning ensemble skills, reading music, singing and playing two exciting new pieces: Fraggle Rock & O Saya!

Music Camp is a two-day celebration of music and adventure for Nottingham City pupils in the beautiful Peak District. Children learn to read music, play in an orchestra and explore the countryside at YHA Ilam.

Music Camp

Music Camp is a partnership with Nottingham City Schools and is open to all pupils who are currently part of the Nottingham Music Hub First Access programmes, which invole children learning to play an instrument as a whole class.

The purpose of Music Camp is to help pupils carry on to the next stage of their musical learning. It gives children the skills and confidence to continue making music and to take part in our Area Bands, which are beginner orchestral ensembles.

During the camp, pupils have instrumental lessons, explore the countryside of the Peak District, take part in team challenges, learn to read music and perform as part of the 'monster' band. They can even brave the night walk and seek out the phantom trumpeter of Ilam Hall! Watch our video to see how wonderful Music Camp is.

Note to Schools

Music Camp generally opens for booking in Spring. Invitations are sent to all partner schools reminding them of the deadline to book. We guarantee a minimum of 5 places per school in an effort to involve as many schools as possible. However, generally we are able to offer additional places to schools that request it. Any additional places can be confirmed after the booking deadline.

Please note that a school staff member is also required to attend with pupils for the duration of the camp.

"Music was second to none. This has been my first year and it has been amazing. The children and myself have learnt loads, it has inspired me to take up the violin!" said a school staff member who attended Music Camp 2019.

We remind schools that pupils who come to Music Camp are also signing up to join Area Band for the following school year.

To ensure Music Camp is accessible, costs are subsidised by the music hub. However, there is a small charge of £30 per pupil which could be paid by parents or your school (perhaps through pupil premium). If you know of families where £30 could be prohibitive, please let us know how we can support them.

For questions about Music Camp, please contact

An incredible educational experience for all the children and one they will always remember. You all put in such a huge effort to create a camp that is so effective in both inspiring and supporting the children with their musical learning

Primary school staff member

Nottingham Music Hub