NMPAT Duston Centre

While Centres are not able to meet in person, we have a brand new initiative: NMPATVC our new virtual Centre.
Just like the regular centres you don’t need any experience to join in, and there is something for everyone who enjoys Music and the Performing Arts to participate in.
Sessions will be held on Saturday mornings from 9.30-12.30 via Zoom. There will be a timetable of activities including:
  • A welcome and warm-up session
  • Instrumental ensembles for all standards
  • Musical theatre
  • Adult community choir
  • Weekly workshops including GM, Jazz, Folk and Drama

View the full timetable here: VC timetable

​Welcome to the NMPAT Duston Centre. Our dedicated team of teachers run a rich and varied array of activities which cover music, drama and dance, as well as activities for ‘early years’ students. Our centre has a strong ‘community’ feel, with a parent led ‘friends’ group who help with the tuck shop and the general running of the centre. 

A timetable of face-to-face activities will be made available once we have confirmation around resuming meetings at the Centre.

Early years

Activities include music, mime, song, ocarina, kazoo, recorder, ukulele and percussion.

Children who already play an instrument

We offer a large variety of music groups which include wind band, folk group, orchestra, jazz band, rock bands, ukulele, percussion, guitar classes, ‘grown up’ band, choir and much more. All standards are catered for, from the novice to the more experienced player.

Dance and drama

We offer both dance and drama at the centre. No experience is required for these sessions which are called ‘street dance’ and ‘movement and drama’.

Children who don’t play an instrument

We offer a variety of activities for children who don’t yet play an instrument. These activities include drama, dance, choir, keyboard, percussion, music theory and ukulele.

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 taster session with no obligation to sign up. Just turn up and someone will be able to show you what there is to see.

Where do we meet?

Under normal circumstances we meet at:

Millway Primary School

When do we meet?

Saturday mornings during term time: 9:30am to 12:30pm.​

Term dates for the current academic year

The autumn term will begin virtually – please register here or contact for more information.

In the event of unavoidable closures, information will be via the centre on our Facebook feed.

The centre head is local brass teacher, John Bickerdike.

You can email the centre:

You can contact the main NMPAT office

Before you start

There is some important information we would need in order to safeguard your child to the best of our ability. Please complete the Student essential details form below and return it to your centre head.

How much does it cost?

Please see the payments page for details of membership subscriptions and how to pay.

Help us reduce costs by paying online through Parent Pay and please consider Gift Aiding your membership subscription so that we can avoid raising subscription rates unnecessarily.

How to pay – ParentPay shop >>


You can find our child protection policy, code of conduct, and photographic policy on our policies page.

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