Wellingborough Centre has a wide and exciting range of activities in all aspects of performing arts, including bands, choirs, keyboards, ukulele, string and jazz ensembles, dance, drama, musical theatre and theatre tech and sound. We cater from early years (children from 4 years old) up to adults. Our classes are all inclusive and you don't need an instrument to join us.
We provide keyboards, ukuleles, recorders, ocarinas and plenty of percussion.
Centre timetable for 2017 to 2018
Early Years: Reception and years 1, 2 and 3 (4 to 8 year olds)
Our Early Years programme is designed to help children of all abilities acquire musical knowledge, concepts and skills through singing and movement games. Classes include singing, untuned and tuned percussion (drumming and glockenspiel), art, ocarinas, recorders, violin and cello; and through performance - bringing stories alive through music and drama. All instruments are provided.
Main centre: Year 3+
Students with a general interest in the arts can choose from music sessions such as afro drumming, beginner guitars, ukuleles, recorder, rock & pop academy, choir, musical theatre, drama, art classes and keyboards, which need no previous experience and for which instruments can be provided.
For those already learning an instrument groups include orchestras, jazz bands, wind bands, brass band, folk band, ukulele groups, guitar groups, a variety of string groups and choral groups.
We cater for all abilities – from the absolute beginner to the more advanced – and we cover an extensive range of genres from classical to rock, jazz and folk together with musicianship, exam support and theory training.
Adults are welcome in many of our groups and we have two stress-busting classes for adults only:
- 'Welly Warblers' - our very own adult choir
- ’Generation Gap’ - a chance to dust off your musical instrument and play all sorts of music
Drama, acting skills and musical theatre
The drama and musical theatre groups are a great place to build confidence, and give our pupils an insight in to technical elements of drama through activities, games and performance opportunities. Musical theatre includes specialist training from our vocal coach.
Our awards success
In March 2015 WM & AC Junior Wind and Junior Strings came first place in the in the annual Wellingborough Rotary Music Festival.
At national level we have a proud record of achievement in the National Festival of Music for Youth with groups from the centre qualifying for the final, obtaining many awards and three appearances at the School Proms.
Concerts and performances
There are a multitude of performance opportunities throughout the year, and our members play an active part in local events, concerts and festivals.
Come for a free taster session
If you would just like to come and see what we do, you would be most welcome to come for a free taster session. Just turn up and someone will be able to show you what there is to see. Following your taster session, membership is subject to a subscription - please see the
payments page for details of membership subscriptions and how to pay.