Thornbury Area
Junior Music Centre

With three different classes, TAJMC is the perfect way for young children to learn, explore and discover music. Plus there's 'Let's Play!' - beginner instrumental classes on brass, woodwind and strings.

Saturdays at Marlwood School>>>

Thornbury Area
Music Centre

The place to be in South Gloucestershire on a Saturday morning, TAMC hosts 2 orchestras, 2 wind bands, 2 string ensembles, chamber music coaching, a choir and music theory classes all run by dedicated professional coaches.

Saturdays at Marlwood School>>>

South Cotswold
Youth Orchestra

An auditioned orchestra of some of South Gloucestershire's finest young musicians. Coached by professional musicians, SCYO performs symphonic repertoire in exciting venues, and hosts visiting masterclasses.>>>

Thornbury Area Youth Music - Musical Activities in South Gloucestershire

Thornbury Area Youth Music logoProviding musical activities and opportunities to children and young musicians in the South Gloucestershire area, Thornbury Area Youth Music is a charitable trust founded in 2012 to maintain the provision of music education in the area. TAYM has activities covering all ages and abilities from introducing young children to the fun of music in its TAJMC activities for children aged 4+ to a full symphony orchestra for players grade 5+, with young musicians able to progress through the various ensembles. Children can also learn a new instrument in the Let's Play scheme, or take part in one of the many fun and exciting ensembles available through the Thornbury Area Music Centre.

TAYM's activities allow young musicians to learn new skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Various concerts take place throughout the year, including a biannual European tour, and all activities are run by dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced staff and musicians.


Thornbury Area Junior Music Centre 

Providing a range of fun and energetic activities for children aged 4-7 aimed to inspire musical imaginations and creativity. TAJMC meets on Saturday mornings at Marlwood School in Thornbury. Run by qualified and experienced tutors, the classes are a fantastic way for young children to discover music. The activities are organised in three classes:

Learning Music in South Gloucestershire with Thornbury Area Youth MusicThe 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 use 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.

All of the classes are a lively and enthusiastic introduction to music and form a great basis for going on to learn a musical instrument.

Learning a musical instrument in South Gloucestershire




Clarinet and flute group lessons in Thornbury
As part of the Junior Music Centre, TAYM also runs the 'Let's Play!' Scheme. The scheme currently offers beginner instrumental classes on violin, clarinet and trombone. In groups of between 6 and 14 pupils. Young musicians explore pitch, rhythm and various aspects of music with a focus on learning an instrument. Pupils are loaned an instrument for the duration of the course with the option to buy it at any stage, and after two terms of tuition perform alongside some of the TAMC groups in a concert. Our first groups began in January 2015 and in September around 90% continued into a second year with the confidence to join the TAMC Intermediate Orchestra. September 2015 saw another 30 children start their musical journey.



Music Centre in South Glos - Thornbury Area Music Centre, Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire

Saturday mornings see around around 100 young musicians arrive for various music-making activities at TAYM's largest activities, Thornbury Area Music Centre. TAMC meets for 9 sessions every term, and is a non-auditioned series of ensembles, orchestras and other musical activities catering for msuicians of all ages and abilities. Ensembles include junior and senior string orchestras and wind bands, a junior and senior orchestra, choir, chamber music coaching and music theory classes, all directed by experienced teachers and professional musicians with carefully chosen repertoire to both inspire and challenge players alike.

TAMC's musicians come from across the South Gloucestershire area and beyond, including musicains from Yate, Little Stoke, Hanham and Kingswood, as well as from Gloucestershire including Wotton-Under-Edge and Stroud. Many of our musicians start as Intermediates and work their way up into the Seniors and beyond.

Players learn and perform approachable music of all styles and genres, and take part in a biannual European tour. There is a great sense of teamwork, and the centre has created a number of chamber groups who now perform at functions and concerts outside of TAYM. Groups have been highly prasied at local and national level, and taking part in the Music for Youth Festival series is amongst the highlights of the calendar.

South Gloucestershire Young Musicians - Thornbury Area Music Centre Orchestra in rehearsal 


The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra (SCYO) is an ensemble comprising the finest young musicians from the South Gloucestershire area and beyond. It is an auditioned ensemble for musicians who have reached a minimum standard of grade 4 on an orchestral instrument, although many of its players have reached grade 8 or beyond. The music is both challenging and rewarding, and a number of the orchestra's previous members have gone on to study music at University or Music College.

The orchestra meets for rehearsals over a three-week period each term, performing 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 with a focus on performance skills, technique and musicality.

Previous courses have included two sell-out performances of 'Peter and Wolf' narrated by BBC's John Telfer, performances of Saint-Saens' 'Carnival of the Animals', Ives' 'Unanswered Question' as well as symphonies by Dvorak, Beethoven and Mozart and concertos performed by musicians in the orchestra. Musicians have also attended masterclasses on the Alexander Technique, taken part in a concert trip, and spoken to current music students about life at music college.

South Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra - South Cotswold Youth Orchestra - Music activities in Bristol, Bath, Stroud 

Learn an instrument with TAYM

Let's Play classes on trombone, clarinet and violin

Places are filling quickly - find out more and register your interest now!

Let's Play! Scheme

TAYM head to MFY Regionals

The Intermediate ensembles and senior chamber groups performed at the Music for Youth Regional Festival in Cheltenham.
South Gloucestershire Music Centre in Thornbury head to Music for Youth

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Brilliant SCYO Performances

On Friday March 6th, the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra presented two dazzling performances of Saint-Saens 'Carnival of the animals'.

The concert also featured one of the BBC Ten Pieces works!

Read more here>>>


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Thornbury Area Youth Music provides musical activities in the South Gloucestershire area for children of all ages and abilities. It comprises a Junior Music Centre, Thornbury Area Music Centre, Let's Play instrumental lessons and the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra.


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