Thornbury Area
Music Centre

The place to be in South Gloucestershire on a Saturday morning, TAMC hosts 2 Orchestras, 2 Wind Bands, 2 String Orchestras, Chamber Music, Choir and Theory classes



Saturdays @Marlwood School

Thornbury Area
Junior Music Centre

3 classes aimed at different ages and abilities, TAJMC is the perfect way for young children to explore and discover music  in a fun and educational way. Plus, Let's Play - Beginner Instrumental classes!

Saturdays @Marlwood School

South Cotswold
Youth Orchestra

Join the finest young musicians in South Gloucestershire in this auditioned orchestra for players gr5+. Coached by professional musicians, SCYO performs symphonic repertoire with visiting masterclasses

Take a listen!

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Thornbury Area Youth Music

TAYM Logo - Music in South GloucestershireOrganisers of exciting music ensembles in South Gloucestershire, comprising the Thornbury Area Music Centre and the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra, Thornbury Area Youth Music is a charitable trust run by volunteers to serve the young musicians of Thornbury in South Gloucestershire and its surrounding area. The trust's aim is to maintain and enhance youth music making in South Gloucestershire, and to promote excellence in music in a fun a friendly atmosphere. This is achieved through a range of musical activities, including Thornbury Area Music Centre for musicians aged 8-18 of all abilities, TAJMC with activities for juniors aged 4-7, and The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra for musicians who are grade 5 or above. All music activities are open to children across South Gloucestershire, North Bristol and the Southern area of Gloucestershire.

Thornbury Area Music Centre (TAMC) is the main outlet for the trust's music-making. Meeting for 9 sessions every term, TAMC is a non-auditioned collection of ensembles and musical activities. These include junior and senior string orchestras and wind bands, a junior and senior orchestra, choir, chamber music coaching, and lessons in music theory and practical musicianship directed by experienced teachers and professional musicians. Our musicians are drawn from across South Gloucestershire area and beyond, including musicians from Yate, Little Stoke, Hanham and Kingswood, as well as from Gloucestershire, including Wotton-Under-Edge.

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Thornbury Area Junior Music Centre


Providing a range of fun and energetic musical activities for children aged 4-7 to inspire musical imaginations and creativity, Thornbury Area Junior Music Centre (TAJMC) meets on Saturday mornings at Marlwood School. The activities are organised in 3 classes. The Foundation Class is for reception aged children, and involves an introduction to music, singing and basic percussion instruments. The Music Makers Class is for children in Years 1 & 2 and explores listening responses, singing, and used of tuned percussion. The Recorder Class not only allows children access to tuition on the recorder, but also introduces children to basic composition and performance techniques. These classes, led by qualified and experienced teachers, are a lively and enthusiastic introduction to music, and form a great basis for going on to learn a musical instrument.

Let's Play - Instrumental tuition in South GloucestershireTAJMC also incorporates 'Let's Play!' - Beginner instrumental classes on flute, violin, clarinet and trombone. In classes of between 8 and 15 pupils, young musicians are introduced to pitch, rhythm and various aspects of music with a focus on learning an instrument. After two terms of tuition, players perform alongside the TAMC groups!


South Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra - The South Cotswold Youth OrchestraThe South Cotswold Youth Orchestra (SCYO) is an ensemble of the finest young musicians in the South Gloucestershire area. It is for musicians who have reached a minimum standard of grade 5 on a standard orchestral instrument, and draws players from across the region, including Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and North Somerset. The orchestra meets for rehearsals over a three-week period each term, ending with a formal concert. Coached intensively by professional musicians, the courses are devised and directed by Dury Loveridge, Chris Sanders and Sarah Eales, and look at large-scale symphonic repertoire and performance techniques. There are also visiting recitals and speakers, as well as organised concert trips. SCYO is open to musicians across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Gloucestershire, and offers them opportunities to play and study music at an advanced level.

Let's Play! - Update

'Let's Play!' - a new initiative to get young people playing and enjoying music with flute, clarinet, trombone and violin classes.


Find out how they've been getting on in our blog article.

Visit the Let's Play! blog here>>>>

Book for Carnival of the Animals

The SCYO have two performances on March 6th of Saint-Saens' 'Carnival of the Animals' and 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine' - and it's free!

There's a 'bring-your-bear' concert for children at 5:30pm and a concert at 7:30pm, all in Chipping Sodbury.

Book your free tickets here>>>>

BBC's 'Ten Pieces' - We're a Champion!

'Ten Pieces' is a fantastic, nationwide initiative to get more young people listening to classical music - and we're signed-up champions.


All TAYM members will perform at least one work this year, including all Music Centre players to the SCYO

Find out more here>>>>