Beginners’ Group

Find out on this page about our New Learners Group and your options if you are a complete beginner.

New Learners Group

We have now have a weekly New Learners Group running alongside the main orchestra. These sessions are intended as an introduction to the orchestra for those who have been playing for a time but feel the need for some preliminary preparation. This offers extra support and guidance from professional tutors who are experienced and committed in coaching adult starters.

The group has an hour’s session together then joins in with the orchestra after the coffee break.  It can also be useful for less experienced current members who would like to improve their skills in a smaller group though it is hoped that they will soon feel encouraged to move into the main orchestra where the new challenges will continue to advance their playing.


At the moment we do not offer sessions for complete beginners though we do hold occasional ‘Taster’ mornings for potential new starters and returners and future ones will be publicised on the website as they arise. We suggest that interested newcomers who wish to join YLSS book a few lessons with a local teacher so that they have had an introduction to their instrument before attending our sessions.  We can provide the contact details of some local teachers and give advice about finding an instrument – please make a request through the Contact Us page.  If a potential member can play a little but does not have an instrument at the moment, renting is a good option, available from most good music shops.

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