Autumn 2023

We are delighted to welcome our wonderful Music Centre members back for this, our sixtieth year of musical excellence.  As ever, we have an exciting and full year ahead with a comprehensive range of amazing performance opportunities for all of our fantastic groups.

STOP PRESS – The rehearsal schedule for the Christmas Festival on 10th December is now available to download.

Our ever popular Christmas Festival will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 10th December with the Junior Festival taking place a few days earlier on 6th December.  Looking further ahead, our week of Departmental Concerts takes place from Monday 11th through to Friday 15th March 2024.  The culmination of the year’s work for all of our musicians is the Summer Festival which will once again take place in the Town Centre on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July.

As always, our groups can only perform to their best when all the members are present, so please save these dates to your diaries!  Of course, there are lots more events scheduled between now and next July and these will be shared with each performing group in the near future.

Free Starter Strings Group

Give your child a fantastic start in the wonderful world of music.  Oldham Music Service is offering a free opportunity for children in school years 3 to 6 to learn the violin.

Of course, there are lots of potential benefits for participants, some of which include,

  • the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of music
  • learning to collaborate with others effectively
  • taking part in concerts
  • developing enhanced cognitive skills

Classes take place from 12th September on Tuesdays at 4pm at the Music Centre’s Lyceum Building.

For more information email

To apply for your child to take part please complete the online form at and select the option for ‘Starter String Group’.  No prior experience is required and an instrument will be provided free of charge for the duration of the course

All are Welcome!

As well as our bands, choirs and orchestras, we also offer exceptional pre-school music classes for babies, toddlers and other children up to school age, various activities for young people that have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), a choir and bands for adults and very successful guitar groups for musicians of all ages.
Please help us to spread the word about these and all of our activities to anyone that might be interested in joining our musical community.
To find out more, please contact the Music Centre admin team by clicking here, by calling 0161 770 5660 or by taking a look at our Community Music page for details.

About the Music Service

The Oldham Council Music Service is committed to supporting and fulfilling the musical aspirations of all young people living in the borough (in and out of school), and engaging people of all ages in a variety of exciting musical activities.

If you sing or play an instrument you should be a part of the amazing Oldham Music Centre.

We have award winning groups for all abilities and all ages – bands, orchestras, choirs, rock and pop, folk music are just a few examples.  There are also classes for infants right through to senior citizens as well as special music support groups for Looked after Children or those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Membership works out at less than £5 per week and, for school-aged pupils, this enables musicians to join as many relevant groups as they wish.  Bursaries and financial assistance are also available to support young people that might not otherwise be able to take part.

It’s our ambition to ensure that every resident in Oldham who wants to make music has an opportunity to do so with us or one of our partners, so get in touch today to see how you can become part of our musical community.

Oldham Music Service is also proud to be a founder member of the GM Music Hub, which is an exciting and innovative music education partnership. We are committed to providing the highest quality music education and the best expertise which the region has to offer.

Music can transform children’s lives and we want to work with local families, schools and other organisations to make sure that all children get the chance to play music, achieve great things and inspire others.

Find out more about the work of the GM Music Hub.

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