Thornbury Area
Junior Music Centre

WIth three different classes, TAJMC is the perfect way for young children to explore and discover music. There's also '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 orchestras, chamber music coaching, a choir and music theory classes all run by dedicated professional coaches.

Saturdays at Marlwood School>>>

South Cotswold
Youth Orchestra

Join some of the finest musicians in South Gloucestershire in this auditioned symphony orchestra for players grade 5+. Coached by professional musicians, SCYO performs symphonic repertoire and hosts visiting masterclasses.>>>

Thornbury Area Youth Music

Thornbury Area Youth Music logoThornbury Area Youth Music is a charitable trust established to provide musical opportunities to children and young musicians in and around the South Gloucestershire 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 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. The activities are organised in three classes:

Children 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.

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 logo




Clarinet and flute group lessons in Thornbury
As part of the Junior Music Centre, TAYM also runs the 'Let's Play!' Scheme. The scheme offers beginner instrumental classes on flute, violin, clarinet and trombone. In groups of between 8 and 18 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, and after two terms of tuition perform alongside some of the TAMC groups in a concert.





Thornbury Area Music Centre Logo

Thornbury Area Music Centre (TAMC) is the largest of the trust's activities attended by around 100 players. Meeting for 9 sessions every term, TAMC is a non-auditioned series of ensembles, orchestras and other musical activities. These 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.

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

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 no perform at functions and concerts outside of TAYM.

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. It is an auditioned ensemble for musicians who have reached a minimum standard of grade 5 on an orchestral instrument, although many of its players have reached grade 8 or beyond.

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 and performance techniques.

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 music students about life at music college.

South Cotswold Youth Orchestra in concert 

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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