Area Ensembles


Central Ensembles

There are 40 Area Ensembles/p>

Membership is FREE and ensembles rehearse 20 weeks per year.

Entry is by recommendation from your instrumental or vocal teacher.

Area Ensembles rehearse across the city and include;

  • Guitar Ensembles,
  • Rock and Pop Groups,
  • Keyboard Ensembles,
  • Steel Bands,
  • Percussion Ensembles,
  • African Drumming Groups,
  • Dhol Groups,
  • Sitar and Tabla Groups,
  • Woodwind Ensembles,
  • Brass Bands,
  • String Orchestras,
  • Mixed Instrument Groups
  • Recorder Ensemble

Birmingham Music Service runs 23 Central Ensembles.

Membership is FREE and ensembles rehearse weekly.

Entry is by audition in May each year.

Pupils at the appropriate level may audition for a large number of groups including;

  • two full orchestras,
  • two string orchestras,
  • one chamber orchestra.
  • three wind orchestras,
  • three guitar groups,
  • two recorder ensembles,
  • two jazz orchestras,
  • three brass bands,
  • brass ensemble,
  • dhol group,
  • and a steel band
  • 2 percussion ensembles
  • choir

" Kay and I had the privilege of attending a concert at Symphony Hall of a number of groups of young people organised by the remarkable Birmingham Music Service. Every part of the concert, from the Birmingham Schools` Jazz Ensemble to the Birmingham Schools` Concert Orchestra was rich in wondrous music making by talented young people and their teachers. " 

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Auditions for Central Ensembles 2018

Registrations for Auditions for membership of Central Ensembles 2018-19 are now live until Monday 12th March.  Auditions will be taking place between 3rd and 24th May at various locations.
Please click here to register on the Music Service Ensembles Portal
For any further queries, please contact the Head of Ensembles, Paul Douglas.  email:

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