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Music – get involved

Music can bring a lot of pleasure, whether you listen to it at home, attend concerts, sing, or play a musical instrument yourself.  If you want to get involved to listen, sing or play an instrument yourself, we have information on some of the organisations that can help you. Use the quick links below to jump to the sections that interest you the most.

Playing music and orchestras

Music Appreciation


Choirs and singing

Jesmond Choral Group is a friendly local choir which currently meets on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm at St Hilda’s Church.

The Newbiggin Hall Community Choir meets at St Wilfred’s Parish Church and provides an opportunity for all age groups to make music together and make new friends. Both Church and Choir work with local schools and care homes.

Newcastle Male Chorus meets on Wednesday evenings at 7.15pm in Cragside Primary School. New members of all abilities are welcome.

North East Gospel Choir are a mixed age choir singing mainly, but not exclusively, Gospel music. Singing for pleasure and to perform.

Search Singing for your Brain Group meet every Wednesday at Riverview lodge on Armstrong Road. Everyone over 50 is warmly invited to attend and no experience is necessary, just a willingness to have fun singing.

Silverline Memories run The Silverline Singers group for people living with Dementia and their Carers to enjoy music and singing together in a warm and welcoming environment.

The Silver Programme is ran by The Sage Gateshead. They provide a range of supported music workshops and events for people over the age of 50. It is open to people of all abilities and provides the opportunity to expand your skills by working with experienced tutors in workshops, performances, visits and intergenerational work.

West End Voices is a weekly community choir, open to anyone on Wednesdays 7 – 8.30pm at the Carnegie building til September then moves to St James’ Church in Benwell. It’s donation based, so you pay what you can and you don’t need to be able to read music to get involved. Whether you’re a confident singer or an absolute beginner you?ll learn songs from around the world including folk, gospel, pop, and light classical in 3 and 4 part harmony.  For more information contact kathryn.davidson@sagegateshead.com

Heaton Voices Choir is a community choir that is keen to perform in different places for charities and the community sector, especially in and around the Heaton area.

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Playing music and orchestras

Northumberland Orchestral Society regularly rehearse and perform a wide variety of orchestral music. They list their orchestra vacancies on their website.

The Cobweb Orchestra is a friendly community orchestra for players of all abilities. There are no auditions, no entry requirements, no weekly commitment, and no limit on the number of players. The emphasis of The Cobweb Orchestra is on sharing the enthusiasm for and enjoyment of music.

The Geoff Walton Orchestra is open to players of all ages, but particularly retired people. It currently meets on Friday afternoons during school terms in Heaton Community Centre from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. There are no auditions and no concerts are given.

The Silver Programme is run by The Sage Gateshead. They provide a range of supported music workshops and events for people over the age of 50. It is open to people of all abilities and provides the opportunity to expand your skills by working with experienced tutors in workshops, performances, visits and intergenerational work.

Wideopen Library has a regular Music group which meets every second Monday. It’s open to people with or without musical experience. This group bring their own instruments and use it as an opportunity to play together, listen to different types of music and discuss music.

Semitones are a small group of musicians of various ages and musical abilities who perform free concerts in care homes and sheltered accommodation around Newcastle.

Jamieson Music Tuition run a guitar and ukulele community class every Friday at the City Library. All ages and abilities welcome.

Making Music Together is a community project in the west end of Newcastle to provide opportunities to learn, play and listen to music.

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Tuition and instruments

J G Windows Musical Instrument Rent to Buy Trial Scheme gives you the chance to ‘try before you buy’ before you commit to the purchase of an instrument. For a small monthly rental fee you can choose an instrument from classical guitars to violins, violas and cellos, in a range of sizes suitable for all ages; to woodwind instruments such as the flute, clarinet, and the saxophone; and the brass family from trumpets and cornets to trombones.

Northern Music Centre is a unique and dedicated establishment offering private tuition in a wide range of musical instruments, including piano, keyboard, saxophone, clarinet, flute, drums and many more. All tuition is given on a one to one basis.

The Globe is a community owned venue promoting jazz and all genres of music.  There are jazz workshops, some in association with the Sage.

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Music appreciation

The Music Appreciation Group is a small group of men and women who meet for 2 hours every week to listen to a wide range of music, mainly classical. They meet on Wednesdays 1-3pm at Blackfriars Hall. People interested in finding out more are encouraged to come along to a session. New members will be given a very warm welcome. It costs £3 per session and this includes tea and biscuits.

Walkerville Community Centre run a Music Society.

Fawdon Community Centre hosts a Music Appreciation Society every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm.

Bebop Spoken Here – a Jazz blog – offers previews and reviews to help you plan.


Last updated: August 7, 2019

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