Making Music in Notts

Music Around Nottingham

Nottingham is an amazing city with so much to offer! Keep watching this space for opportunities with our wonderful partner organisations to make music and take part in fun cultural activities throughout the year.

A FREE inclusive choir with both online and in-person rehearsals, celebrating that everyone has their own way of sharing their voice. The Inclusive Choir is open to anyone up to age 25 and is free to join. For more information on rehearsal dates and how to join, click here!

Beatknots Music Academy

A fantastic new opportunity for young people to gain nationally recognised accreditations across 5 exciting academies: Record Label Academy, Vocal Academy, Music Production Academy, Instrument Academy & DJ Academy.

Students will get the opportunity to record, produce, perform, and release their own music whilst gaining first-hand music industry experience.

Right now, they are looking to sign up 50 young people aged 14-18 years old (up to 25 with additional needs) throughout Nottingham City, Mansfield & Long Eaton.

Find out more and sign up now!

Music for Everyone

Music for Everyone offers four instrumental ensembles for young musicians across the East Midlands. Week 1 is FREE for new players and subscription costs are paid termly or yearly. Subsidised places are also available for all MfE groups and events, please enquire for further details.

Nottingham Youth Band & East Midlands Youth Band
Two wind bands for enthusiastic young woodwind, brass and percussion players who meet weekly to play great music, develop playing their instrument as part of a team and take part in exciting performance opportunities.

@ Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road NG9 1EH

Grade 2 – 5 players Thursdays, 5.30pm – 7pm, term time only
Grade 5+ players Thursdays, 6.30pm – 8pm, term time only

Nottingham Strictly Strings & East Midlands Youth String Orchestra
Inspiring young string players along a journey of musical discovery from introducing the important skill of playing in an ensemble with the Strictly Strings (grade 1 – 4 players) to challenging repertoire, excellent tuition and exciting performance opportunities with EMYSO (grade 5+, auditioned).

@ Middle Street Resource Centre, Beeson NG9 2AR

Grade 1 – 4 players Sundays, 2pm – 4pm, approx. once every 3 weeks
Grade 5+ players Sundays, 2pm – 5pm, approx. once every 3 weeks

National Plan for Music Education

Every child has the right to a great music education, with opportunities to play instruments, sing, and create music with their peers. The UK government has published The Power of Music to Change Lives: A National Plan for Music Education, which outlines rights & responsibilities, as well as various resources & support tools for schools, children and families, and music hubs. Find out more here.

NAAC Music & Dance Academy

Nottingham Asian Arts Association (NAAC) Music & Dance Academy aspires to promote and support South Asian Arts through a wide range of workshops for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

WHERE: Radford Academy, Denman Street West, Radford, Nottm. NG7 3FL

See the flyer below for more information. You can also call Nina Virdi on 07944 051187 or Bhavesh Jani on 07792 247331 to find out more about these opportunities.

Send Project

Send Project are looking to work with young people (ages 13-25) to offer bespoke music mentoring while providing a space for holistic support. They can also offer delivery of the Arts Award qualification.

Currently they are offering two sessions on a Tuesday:

12PM - 4PM music mentoring aimed at young people who are NEET (not in education, employment or training)
5.30PM - 8PM for anyone else

The address is:
The Greenway Centre
Trent Lane

See the flyer below for more information and contact details.

Ultimate Flyby Orchestra

The Ultimate Flyby Orchestra is an orchestra that can morph into a salsa band. One minute it could be a Big Band, the next an Asian Fusion group. A Hollywood session orchestra that transforms back into a classical orchestra or into the unknown...

The UFO consists of highly skilled musicians with links to Nottingham, who are dedicated to providing high quality performances and breaking down barriers between musical styles. Supporting the work of Nottingham Music Service (via funds raised at UFO events), the group provides an exciting and innovative alternative to the traditional orchestral experience.

UFO meets from time to time rather than regularly but will pop up to do a gig on three rehearsals (hence 'Flyby'). We are building a pool of musicians on an invitation basis and will fix the ensemble for each event, depending on availability and the forces needed for the music being performed.

Over 18 and interested in being part of the pool? Email

Sing with the Nottingham Playhouse Choir

The Nottingham Playhouse Choir is a wonderful opportunity for people 16 years and above to make new friends and sing their hearts out! The choir runs every Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm during term time and explores a range of music responding to the Playhouse artistic programme. It costs £70 for the term with some support available for people who might not be able to afford the full fee. For more information, please visit the Playhouse website.

Nottingham Music Hub