Area ensembles

If you play an instrument why not join an ensemble to improve your playing, meet new friends and have some incredible times.

Our area ensembles offer a wide range of opportunities from beginner level upwards. All ensembles listed highlight what grades you need to have achieved or play at, in order to join.

Membership to ensembles is open to children and young people up to the age of 19.

Our ensembles start in September each year and run term time only, although you can become a member anytime during the school year. They rehearse once a week in schools or music centres and perform a number of times each year in schools and professional venues.

Before applying please read our ensemble membership information. If you require more information, please contact Surrey Arts.


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West Surrey ensembles

  • Woking Wind Orchestra: Adults and students, Grade 6+. Monday 8pm until 10pm, Westfield School, Woking.
  • Brass Routes: Beginner - Grade 2. Tuesday 6pm until 7pm, Westfield Primary School, Woking. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Tuesday from 6pm until 7pm
  • West Surrey Training Wind Band: Grade 2 to 5. Thursday 5pm until 7pm, Westfield Primary School, Woking. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Thursday from 5.30pm until 6.30pm
  • West Surrey Wind Band: Grade 5+. Thursday 5.15pm until 7.15pm, Westfield School, Woking. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Thursday from 5.30pm until 6.30pm
  • Guildford Sinfonia: Adults, all abilities. Thursday 7.30pm until 9.30pm, Westfield School, Woking.
  • Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra Juniors: Beginner to Grade 2. Saturday 9.30am until 12 noon, Cordwalles Junior School, Camberley. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Saturday from 9.30am until 10.30am
  • Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra Intermediates: Grade 2 to 5. Saturday 9.30am until 12 noon, Cordwalles Junior School, Camberley. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Fridays from 11am until 12pm
  • Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra Seniors: Grade 5+. Saturday 9.30am until 12 noon, Cordwalles Junior School, Camberley During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Saturday from 9.30am until 10.30am
  • Guitar Live: Ages 8 to 16 (Years 4 to 11). Saturday 10am until 12noon, Woking Youth Arts Centre, Knaphill.
  • Surrey Youth Training Choir: Singers aged 9 to 13. Wednesday 6.45pm until 8.15pm, The Marist School, West Byfleet. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Wednesday 6.45pm until 7.30pm
  • Surrey Percussion and Rhythm Crew (SPARC): Less experienced players. Saturday 11.15am until 12.45pm, Westfield School, Woking. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Saturdays 12.30pm until 1.15pm

How to apply for membership

You can apply online to become a member of a area ensemble:

Apply for membership online

The cost of membership is £70 per term (2020-2021).

The above cost also entitles members to take part in other area ensembles at no extra cost.


South west Surrey ensembles

  • Prima Strings: Beginner - Grade 2. Wednesday 5.15pm until 6.30pm, Tillingbourne School, Chilworth. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Wednesdays 5.30pm until 6.15pm
  • Opus Strings: Grade 2 to 4. Wednesday 5.15pm until 6.30pm, Tillingbourne School, Chilworth. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Wednesdays 5.30pm until 6.15pm
  • South West Winds: Woodwind, Brass and Percussion, Beginner - Grade 4. Wednesday 5.15pm until 6.30pm, Tillingbourne School, Chilworth. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Wednesdays 5.30pm until 6.15pm
  • SW Surrey Youth Orchestra: Grade 5+. Wednesday 6.45pm until 8.45pm, Tillingbourne School, Chilworth. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Wednesdays 6.45pm until 7.45pm
  • SW Surrey Concert Band - Juniors: Grade 1 to 4. Saturday 8.45am until 10.15am, Queen Eleanor's School, Guildford. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Saturdays 9.30am until 10.30am
  • SW Surrey Concert Band - Seniors: Grade 5 to 8. Saturday 10.30am until 12.15pm, Queen Eleanor's School, Guildford. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Saturdays 9.30am until 10.30am

How to apply for membership

You can apply online to become a member of a area ensemble:

Apply for membership online

The cost of membership is £70 per term (2020-2021).

The above cost also entitles members to take part in other area ensembles at no extra cost.


South east Surrey ensembles

  • Mid Surrey Wind Band: All abilities, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. Tuesday 4pm until 5.30pm, The Ashcombe School, Dorking. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Tuesday from 4.30pm until 5.30pm
  • Reigate String Orchestra - Preludes: Beginner - Grade 1. Thursday 4.10pm until 5pm, St Bede's School, Redhill. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Thursday from 4.15pm until 5pm.
  • Reigate String Orchestra - Juniors: Grade 1 to 3. Thursday 5pm until 6pm, St Bede's School, Redhill. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Thursday from 5.15pm until 6pm.
  • Reigate String Orchestra - Intermediates: Grade 3 to 5. Thursday 6pm until 7pm, St Bede's School, Redhill. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Thursday from 6.15pm until 7pm
  • Reigate String Orchestra - Seniors: Grade 6 to 8. Thursday 7pm until 8.15pm, St Bede's School, Redhill. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Thursday from 6.15pm until 7pm
  • Blast Off: Beginner Wind, Brass and Percussion. Thursday 4.45pm until 6pm, St Bede's School, Redhill. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Thursday from 5pm until 5.45pm
  • SESAW (SE Surrey Area Winds): Grade 4+ Wind, Brass and Percussion. Thursday 6pm until 8pm, St Bede's School, Redhill. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Thursday from 6pm until 7pm
  • Guitar Live: Ages 8 to 16 years. Saturday 9.45am until 11.15am, The Bridge Youth Centre, Leatherhead.

How to apply for membership

Apply for membership online

The cost of membership is £70 per term (2020-2021).

The above cost also entitles members to take part in other area ensembles at no extra cost.


North Surrey ensembles

  • Crafty Clarinets: Grade 2+. Saturday 11.15am until 12.15pm, The Matthew Arnold School, Staines. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Saturdays 11.30am until 12.15pm
  • Senior Guitar Ensemble: Grade 3+. Friday 5.45pm until 7.15pm, The Magna Carta School, Staines. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Fridays 6.15pm until 7.15pm
  • Junior Guitar Ensemble: Beginner - Grade 3. Saturday 9.20am until 10.50am, The Matthew Arnold School, Staines. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Saturdays 9.45am until 10.45am
  • Senior String Orchestra: Grade 4+. Saturday 9am until 11am, The Matthew Arnold School, Staines. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Saturdays 9am until 9.45am
  • Junior String Orchestra: Grade 1 to 4. Saturday 9am until 11am, The Matthew Arnold School, Staines. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Saturdays 9.45am until 10.30am
  • Senior Wind Band: Grade 4+. Saturday 9am until 11am, The Matthew Arnold School, Staines. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Saturdays 10am until 11am
  • Junior Wind Band: Grade 2 to 5. Saturday 9am until 11am, The Matthew Arnold School, Staines. During lockdown rehearsals will be delivered via Zoom on Saturdays 10am until 11am

How to apply for membership

You can apply online to become a member of a area ensemble:

Apply for membership online

The cost of membership is £70 per term (2020-2021).

The above cost also entitles members to take part in other area ensembles at no extra cost.