Music Centre, South Wimbledon

Youth bands, ensembles, choirs and instrumental lessons on on weekday evenings & Saturday mornings.

For children and young people aged 7-19.

Mondays & Wednesdays, 4pm – 9:15pm / Tuesdays, 4pm – 6:30pm / Saturdays, 8:30am – 1:30pm. Merton Music Centre, Merton Abbey Primary School, High Path, SW19 2JY


Timetable

MONDAYS

Instrumental Lessons: Piano, Percussion, Brass, Guitar, Woodwind, Voice (4pm - 9pm)

One-to-one instrumental lessons of 20 or 30 minutes with our specialist tutors.

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Piano - Zino Mancusco, Violeta Brodovskaja, Maddy Millar

Guitar - Frances Griffin, Jay Ong

Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Trombone - Norma Whitston

Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute - Michael Chillingworth

Bassoon - Madeleine Millar

Percussion / Drum Kit - Jeremy Barnett

Voice/Singing - Violeta Brodovskaja

Merton Mallets* (6pm - 6:50pm)

Suitable for any instrumentalist interested in tuned percussion, Grade 1 and up.

Merton Mallets play a wide variety of music including classical pieces, pop songs, movie themes, and traditional folk music, and have been featured at numerous MMF events including the Royal Albert Hall. This group would also be suitable for pianists who are looking to participate in an ensemble.

*This group will run subject to sufficient interest.

Led by Jeremy Barnett in Morris Percussion Room.

Senior Guitar Ensemble (6:30pm - 7:20pm)

For Grade 3 + guitarists.

Senior Guitar Ensemble is for students Grade 3 standard and above. The repertoire is varied and children are encouraged to challenge themselves.

All guitar groups are invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall in a massed guitar ensemble, last year they performed Pirates of the Caribbean. Members of this group also have the opportunity to go on tour. Last year they took part in the Belgium tour and this year the destination is Paris.

Led by Frances Griffin.

Brass Ensemble* (7:30pm - 9pm, fortnightly NB: starting Mon 17th May)

For brass players Grade 5 and above.

*This group will run subject to sufficient interest.

Fortnightly starting Monday 17th May due to Bank Holiday Monday on 3rd May. NB: additional session added on 12th July as a make-up. 

Led by Norma Whitson

Sax Ensemble (7pm - 7:50pm)

For saxophone players Grade 4 +.

Led by Michael Chillingworth in The Library

Tuesdays

Piano Lessons with Elisabeth Wigley from 4pm

Piano Lessons

Spaces for our piano lessons on Tuesdays are prioritised for pupils who have Special Educational Needs (SEN). Lessons are delivered by Elisabeth Wigley, MMF's Chief Executive and SEN music specialist.

Guitar Lessons with Frances Griffin from 4pm

Classical Acoustic Guitar, 4pm - 6:30pm

Lessons with our Quality of Learning Leader and Subject Specialist for Guitar, Frances Griffin.

WEDNESDAYS

Instrumental Lessons: Piano, Guitar, Woodwind, Brass, Strings (4pm - 9pm)

One-to-one instrumental lessons of 20 or 30 minutes with our specialist tutors.

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Piano - Rob Brockway/Sue Hibbs

Guitar - Matt Birch

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone - Patrick Bamber, Jack Reddick

Violin, Viola - Ellen Bundy, Julia Hart

Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Trombone - Norma Whitson, Laurie Truluck

Merton Youth Concert Band (7:30pm - 9:15pm, fortnightly Starting Wed 28th April)

For Grade 5 + players of brass, woodwind, percussion &  bass guitar.

Merton Youth Concert Band, MMF’s flagship concert band, is made up of high-school aged students at a Grade 5+ level. The repertoire is varied, ranging from traditional concert band pieces to hits from stage and screen. Performance opportunities include the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, the Youth Music European Tour and MMF’s biennial Music if for Life concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

MYCB meet fortnightly, on alternate weeks from MYJO, so it is possible for pupils to attend both groups.

Rehearsals take place in The Main Hall, led by Norma Whitson and Pat Bamber.

JazzWorks (6:30pm - 7:30pm, fortnightly Starting Wed 5th May)

For Grade 4+ players of all instruments.

JazzWorks is our intermediate jazz band for players of a Grade 4 and above. Members will develop their improvisation skills, improve sight-reading, discover a range of jazz genres and have fun while playing!

JazzWorks meets fortnightly, on alternate weeks to MYCB.

Rehearsals take place in The Main Hall, led by Adam Saunders and Michael Chillingworth.

Merton Youth Jazz Orchestra (7:45pm - 9:15pm, fortnightly Starting Wed 5th May)

For Grade 7+ players of all instruments, membership by invitation/audition.

Merton Youth Jazz Orchestra is a jazz big band, they explore traditional jazz big band repertoire as well as more contemporary pieces and groove/funk tunes. The emphasis is on creating a strong, tight band sound as well as developing sight-reading and aural skills with plenty of opportunities for improvisers to take solos, should they want to. There are lots of exciting performances opportunities for MYJO throughout the year including the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and the Merton Youth Music European Tour.

MYJO meet fortnightly, on alternate weeks to MYCB, so it is possible for pupils to attend both groups.

Rehearsals take place in The Main Hall, led by Adam Saunders and Michael Chillingworth.

SATURDAYS

Instrumental Lessons: Piano, Guitars, Brass, Woodwind, Stings (8:30am - 1:30pm)

One-to-one instrumental lessons of 20 or 30 minutes with our specialist tutors.

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Piano/Keyboard - Ken Virgin, Julian Butler, Henry Roberts

Guitar / Electric & Bass Guitar - Frances Griffin, Julian Butler

Oboe, Recorder - Sara Grint

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute - Michael Chillingworth

Flute  - Henry Roberts

Violin - Dan Camalich, Julia Hart

Cello- George Pasca

Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Trombone - Norma Whitson

Trumpet - Andrew Nash

Young Voices Choir 1 (9am - 9:50am)

For singers aged 7-11 of all abilities.

Young Voices 1 is only for pupils who go on to attend one of our Junior Groups at 10am.

Young Voices is MMF’s junior choir for children aged 7-11 (Years 3-6). The aim of the group is to develop general musicianship skills and ensemble experience through use of the voice and provides an ideal introduction for the young or ‘novice’ musician.

Members learn how to control and expand their vocal pitch and dynamic range, to pitch-match (sing in tune), the importance of good posture and clear diction, to sing in two or more parts and to use their voices expressively, reflecting the style and context of a wide variety of songs. General Musicianship activities help to foster an understanding of pulse, metre, rhythm, phrase, musical structure, pitch and pitch-patterns (scales) and develop ‘thinking voice’. The group performs publicly at the end of each term as part of MMF’s junior events and at many other external venues and events.

Rehearsals take place in St John's Church, High Path (next door to Merton Abbey Primary School SW19 2JY) led by Soo Bishop.

Young Voices Choir 2 (10am - 10:50am)

For singers aged 7-11 of all abilities.

Young Voices 2 is for pupils who go on to attend one of our intermediate groups at 11am or who do not attend another Music Centre ensemble.

Voices is MMF’s junior choir for children aged 7-11 (Years 3-6). The aim of the group is to develop general musicianship skills and ensemble experience through use of the voice and provides an ideal introduction for the young or ‘novice’ musician.

Members learn how to control and expand their vocal pitch and dynamic range, to pitch-match (sing in tune), the importance of good posture and clear diction, to sing in two or more parts and to use their voices expressively, reflecting the style and context of a wide variety of songs. General Musicianship activities help to foster an understanding of pulse, metre, rhythm, phrase, musical structure, pitch and pitch-patterns (scales) and develop ‘thinking voice’. The group performs publicly at the end of each term as part of MMF’s junior events and at many other external venues and events.

Rehearsals take place in St John's Church, High Path (next door to Merton Abbey Primary School SW19 2JY) led by Soo Bishop.

String Busters (10am - 10:50am)

For beginner to Grade 1 string players.

String Busters introduces young string players to the joy of playing as part of an ensemble. Children who have mostly had only individual lessons, now get to experience a different dimension of playing, where different groups of players combine their music parts to produce a multi-layered piece!

In this group, young musicians learn the basic skills of ensemble playing, through games, exercises and repertoire, which give the essential foundation for later joining their first orchestra!

Rehearsals take place in The Studio, led by Julia Hart and George Pasca.

Junior Guitar Ensemble (10am - 10:50am)

For beginner to Grade 1 Guitarists.

This is for children starting on their musical journey. As soon as the child can play five notes on a classical guitar they are able to join. The emphasis is on playing together, improving sight reading and fluency of playing different genres of music.

All guitar groups are invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall in a massed guitar ensemble, last year they performed Pirates of the Caribbean.

Rehearsals take place in Victory Room, led by Frances Griffin.

Junior Wind, Brass & Percussion Ensemble (10am - 10:50am)

For Grade 1 - 3 brass, woodwind and percussion players, formerly called: Training Concert Band.

JWBPE is for brass and woodwind instrumentalists who can read music and play at least an octave on their instrument. Percussionists are invited to join once they have been members of Junior Percussion.

The emphasis is on improving sight-reading, discovering  a range of musical genres and making friends as part of playing in a large ensemble. Members of all three MMF concert bands are invited to perform in the biennial Music is for Life concert at the Royal Albert Hall as part of a Massed Band item and as well as at end-of-term concerts.

Rehearsals take place in The Hall, led by Sara Grint and Billy Fisher.

Intermediate Concert Bands (11am - 11:50am)

For players Grade 3 - 5 of brass, wind & percussion.

The repertoire ranges from standard concert band pieces to hits from stage and screen. As with all MMF groups, the emphasis is on learning skills needed to play with other musicians, improving sight-reading, discovering a range of musical genres and having fun whilst playing!

Members of all three MMF concert bands are invited to perform in the biennial Music is for Life concert at the Royal Albert Hall as part of a Massed Band item and as well as at end-of-term concerts.

Rehearsals take place in The Hall led by Norma Whitson, Billy Fisher.

Combo Strings (Training Strings Orchestra, 11am - 11:50am & String Sinfonia 11am - 12:30pm)

A combination group consisting of Merton Training Strings Orchestra & String Sinfonia For all string players Grade 1 and above.

Both groups rehearse together from 11am, players of Grade 4+ standard are invited to stay on for String Sinfonia at 11:50pm - 12:30pm.

The Merton Training Strings Orchestra is an ensemble designed for string players from Grade 1 to Grade 3. The ensemble plays a wide variety of musical genres ranging from classical through to folk, jazz and well-known popular music. Together they explore different string-playing techniques and work on developing ensemble skills.

String Sinfonia is an exciting ensemble for our most advanced string players from Grade 4 upwards. The group enjoys a varied repertoire which includes music from stage and screen, jazz standards and classical music. Taking music-making to the next level the group focuses on developing ensemble skills, stylistic awareness and expressive playing as they explore more challenging music and discover ways to convey its emotion.

Rehearsals take place in The Studio, led by Hailey Willington and George Pasca.

Intermediate Guitar Ensemble (11am - 11:50am)

For Grade 1 - 3 Guitarists.

Students are introduced to more complex part-playing. Varied styles of music are introduced including blues, jazz, classical music. Emphasis is on improving ensemble skills whilst having fun playing.

All guitar groups are invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall in a massed guitar ensemble, last year they performed Pirates of the Caribbean.

Rehearsals take place in Victory Room, led by Frances Griffin.

Jazz Jumpers (12pm - 12:50pm)

For Grade 1 - 3 players of all instruments.

Jazz Jumpers is the perfect introduction to jazz for young instrumentalists of around Grade 1 to 3. The emphasis is on playing by ear, interacting and listening while playing together in a group, making up tunes, improvising together and having fun playing together.

JazzJumpers welcomes players of all instruments.

Rehearsals will take place in the Percussion Room, led by Michael Chillingworth.

ONLINE

Music Theory Grade 3 (Mondays, 6pm)

Grade 3 Music Theory with Hailey Willington. Included in Full Membership or available individually for £40 per term.

This group will run subject to sufficient interest.

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Music Theory Grade 4 (Monday, 5:30pm - 6pm)

Grade 4 Music Theory with Hailey Willington. Included in Full Membership or available individually for £40 per term.

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Music Theory Grade 5 (Thursday, 5:30pm - 6pm)

Grade 5 Music Theory with Hailey Willington. Included in Full Membership or available individually for £40 per term.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Getting to our New South Wimbledon Centre

Our new Music Centre location is:

Merton Abbey Primary School, High Path, London SW19 2JY.

This lovely new venue is right next door to the new Harris Academy Wimbledon site and between South Wimbledon tube station (4-min walk) and the Tandem Centre (4-min drive).

Due to COVID restrictions, parents/guardians will not be permitted on site.

Drop-Off/Parking:

We kindly request that where possible pupils are dropped-off outside of the school and make their own way in via the pedestrian entrance adjacent to the car park. Follow the path to access the building via the glass door - please look out for staff and signage to direct you.

There is limited on-site parking available on Saturdays and after 6pm on Mondays/Wednesdays.

Parent/Guardian parking is in the playground, accessible via the staff car park gates (please do not park in the staff car park). Additional spaces may be found in the adjacent streets or alternatively at B&Q or Sainsburys nearby.

Please note that the MMF main office will still be based at Harris Academy Morden until August 2021.

Is It COVID-Safe?

We have implemented a comprehensive range of protocols including ventilation, distancing and hygiene measures to ensure the safety of our learning community. Pupils will also be kept in 'bubbles' of no more than 15 in accordance with Government guidelines; this will impact on capacity and rehearsal scheduling.

To read our full Risk Assessment, please visit: www.mmf.org.uk/covid-risk-assessments

Please note:

No parents/guardians on site

We will be operating a one-way system inside the building

Pupils (aged 11+) and staff, other than those who are exempt, to wear a face covering at all times whilst on site except for when in a lesson or seated in their designated place for rehearsal.

Pupils under 11 may choose to wear a face covering if they wish, but are not required to do so. 

Strict 2 metre distancing to be observed at all times 

Everyone must wash/sanitise their hands upon entry and regularly throughout the time on site

Do not attend if you or a member of your household is displaying COVID symptoms or has tested positive

Please don't remain on site any longer than necessary

Please do not travel to Music Centre with people from outside your household

If you have any questions about our COVID procedures, please contact: david.rees@mmf.org.uk

What Will My Child Need to Bring to Rehearsals?

A face covering (ages 11+), a music stand, their sheet music and a pencil (plus their instrument!). We also recommend carrying a personal supply of hand sanitiser and tissues.

Brass and Woodwind players should bring a towel for drips and valve emptying.

Guitarists - please remember your footrest.

Percussionists - please remember your sticks and bring along any small items of percussion that you have to help minimise the need for sharing resources.

Sheet Music

Please bring your sheet music with you (paper copy or on a tablet/device) to help us reduce the need to hand things out. We will have a limited number of parts available for those without their own music.

Download Sheet Music Here.

How do I book a 1-1 Lesson at Music Centre?

If you had in-person lessons at Music Centre previously 

Please contact: louisa.wansborough@mmf.org.uk to arrange your new time.

If you are a new Music Centre pupil

Click here to enrol on our Waiting List.

NB: All in-person lessons are subject to being transitioned online in the event of disruption due to COVID. 

Term Dates

Term Dates - Summer Term 2021

26th April - 19th July

Half term: 31st May - 6th June

(No lessons/rehearsals on Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May)


Downloads

Click below to find and download the sheet music for your child’s ensemble(s).

Sheet Music Downloads


Find Us

Merton Music Centre

Ensembles / choir & one-to-one lessons in: piano, voice, guitar, brass, woodwind, percussion, strings. Monday/Wednesday after-school & evenings and Saturday mornings.

Merton Abbey Primary School

High Path

SW19 2JY


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