Our vision for music in Suffolk is, quite simply, to inspire our children and young people with a lifelong love and enjoyment of music!
We deliver a wide range of options for children and young people of all ages and abilities to participate in music, both in and out of school.
Suffolk Youth Music: the ‘ensemble’ experience
Activities in this programme are un-auditioned and provide many opportunities for children and young people to play and sing in ensembles. Taking place across Suffolk each week during term-time, we offer activities from beginner to advanced levels. New members are welcome to join at any time. Visit our website for more information.
County Ensembles: more advanced programmes for young musicians
An auditioned programme for Suffolk's finest young musicians. These orchestras and bands offer exciting performance and touring opportunities throughout the year. Highlights of the season include Suffolk Youth Orchestra’s European Concert Tour and the joint Gala Concert with Suffolk Young Strings and Suffolk Youth Wind Orchestra at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. For more information and to join please visit our website.
Suffolk Youth Choir
Sing with us for amazing performance opportunities this year! Following a series of workshops, Suffolk Youth Choir will perform the iconic Carmina Burana at Snape Maltings Concert Hall on 7 April 2020. Directed by the inspirational Ben Parry, Suffolk Youth Choir will be accompanied by Suffolk Youth Orchestra for this inaugural concert. It costs £10 to take part, which includes all workshops and the concert day. Visit our website for more information and to sign up.
Learn about the music industry, write your own songs, and create music with like-minded young people! Takes place in Ipswich on Thursdays during term-time. Visit our website for cost, more information and to sign up.
We offer individual and small group lessons at our music centres for beginner to advanced young musicians. Individual lessons will be the default for advanced ensembles and Small Groups for Junior and Saturday centres. All lessons are of 30 minutes duration and payable termly in advance. Visit our website for more information and to submit an enquiry.
From trumpets to bassoons to cellos, we offer instrument hire to children, young people and schools. Conditions apply. Visit our website for more information, costs and to submit an enquiry.
Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme
We can also offer instruments for sale, which may either be VAT free or benefit from educational discount. For more information please visit our website.
Part of the Children and Young People’s Services Directorate of Suffolk County Council, we work closely and collaboratively with all Suffolk schools, delivering services to pupils and advocating the importance of music education to school leaders. The Music Service is the Lead Organisation of Suffolk Music Education Hub. Music Hubs exist across the UK and receive funding from Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Education. All Hubs follow set core and extension roles, which help ensure that all pupils can have broad and rich cultural opportunities alongside their academic and vocational studies. Please visit our website for more information about our work, our services, news and events.