NMPAT Contemporary

Come and join us at NMPAT Contemporary!

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in our activities this academic year – we’ve had so much fun and it’s been wonderful to be back together again.  We’re excited to see what next year can bring! 

If you would like to join us in September, you can register at this link: Tim Smith, Head of Contemporary, will be in touch when the payment portal is open for September. 

Membership subscription of £80 per term is due at the start of each term.  A new term begins in September, January and April.

Families in financial need are encouraged to apply for remission of fees – please find an application form on our payments page. 

NMPAT Contemporary members are formed into bands to rehearse songs, write new material, record and perform. We have experienced instrumental teachers on hand to give advice and guidance whilst allowing students their own space. NMPAT Contemporary gives students the time to develop and expand their skillset in a safe and friendly environment.

Working with others

Being in a band isn’t just about how good you are; it’s about working as a team with other musicians and understanding the importance of team work. Playing with other musicians develops both musical and social skills. Our staff will guide you through the songwriting process, working on cover songs and helping you develop an understanding of what makes an effective rehearsal.


Daventry Contemporary runs as part of Daventry Centre on Saturday mornings, during term time, at Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Contact Rachel Cliffe,  Daventry Centre Head, for more information:


​Kettering Contemporary runs on Thursday evening, during term time, at Bishop Stopford, Headlands, Kettering, NN15 6BJ, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Contact Tim Smith, Head of Contemporary, for more information:


Northampton Contemporary runs on Saturday afternoons, during term time, at NMPAT, 125 Kettering Road, Northampton, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

Contact Tim Smith, Head of Contemporary, for more information:


​Raunds Contemporary runs on Saturday afternoons, during term time, at Manor School and Sports College, NN9 6ND, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Contact Tim Smith, Head of Contemporary, for more information:

NMPAT Contemporary is open to students aged 10 and above who have some experience playing their instrument.   It doesn’t have to be guitar or drums – you can play any instrument!  The groups are differentiated to ensure that students are placed in groups with others of a similar age and ability.  You will need to provide your own instrument and equipment. Each venue will provide a PA for the bands to use.

The online registration form asks for some essential details, which will enable NMPAT staff to keep your child safe while they are with us.  You are more than welcome to come and try out the activities before you commit to paying your first term’s subscription.  

Following your free taster morning, payment of £80 per term applies and can be made via the ParentPay Shop.  Families in financial need are encouraged to apply for remission of fees – details of which can be found on our Payments page. 

Online registration form: 

Please note: places are at a premium and where there is not a suitable group, students are placed on a waiting list.

Term dates

We operate on the same term dates as NMPAT Centres, with Kettering Contemporary opening on the Thursday preceding each Saturday Centre opening:


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

Achievements and performance opportunities

Every song you learn or write at an NMPAT Contemporary Centre is aimed at a specific goal.  We host our own concerts three times a year, as well as offering performance opportunities at regional and national music events, organised by external partners.

In recent years, NMPAT Contemporary students have performed at the Derngate, Northampton, The Deco, Northampton, MAC Birmingham, Birmingham Town Hall and various events throughout Northamptonshire.  Students are also given the opportunity to take part in workshops presented by professional musicians.

We are in the process of being able to offer students the ability to record their own music. With the guidance of NMPAT Contemporary staff, students can learn how to record using industry standard equipment.

Hear NMPAT Contemporary in action

"All children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument"

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