NMPAT Queen’s Cross 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.
Register your attendance here or email for more information.
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 General Musicianship, Jazz, Folk and Drama

View the full timetable here: VC timetable

Welcome to Queen’s Cross Centre, which runs at Northampton High School in Hardingstone. We run a wide range of music and drama classes for children from age 5 upwards.

Music, dance and drama are life-long skills, with the benefits of being involved in them from an early age now well documented. The centre is a fun, well-resourced place to be, where all classes are run to a high standard. There is no better way to spend a Saturday morning!

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


Our music groups for those who already play an instrument include:

  • ensemble
  • string group
  • wind band (for wind and brass players)
  • classical guitar
  • recorder
  • ukulele
  • electric guitar / rock group

We cater for all abilities from beginners to more advanced players.

Don’t play an instrument? At least not at the moment.

For those who do not play an instrument it is possible to join in some of the above groups playing a percussion instrument.

Our recorder and ukulele groups welcome complete beginners, and we have instruments you can borrow to try them. Similarly our Djembes at Dawn group is open to everyone regardless of standard.  

If you would like to learn an instrument from scratch (flute, clarinet, violin, etc.) please add your name to the sheet in reception, or email us, and as soon as we have enough interest, we will start a complete beginner group for that instrument. We will probably be able to lend you an instrument to play, at least in the initial stages. 


Many aspects of art will be covered during the year, including drawing, paints and pastel colours. You will also be able to design and make craft items as well.


Through Centre Stage, drama is available throughout the morning and covers speech, drama creative movement, and musical theatre. Activities include improvisation, role-play, scripted work and mime.

Come for a taster session

Every child is entitled to a no obligation taster session as this will give them a chance to experience the centre before committing themselves. We therefore welcome you to come and see us any Saturday during term time, and one of our staff members will go through our timetable and show you around.

Where do we meet?

Under normal circumstances we meet at:

Northampton High School 
Newport Pagnell Road

When do we meet?

Saturday mornings during term time: 9:15am to 12:15pm.​

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 strings teacher, Tom Smith.​

You can email the centre:

You can also 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 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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