Music for Families & Music Centres

Learning an instrument and joining a band helps children to listen, co-operate, concentrate, co-ordinate and develop manual dexterity, memory, self-control, imagination and confidence. Learning with new friends as part of a group is part of the fun and the benefit of joining a music centre with like minded young people.

Young people develop their musical talent and experience in bands, orchestras and choir. We run sessions for all levels, from beginner groups to advanced ensembles.  Young people can also take exams if desired, we work with the ABRSM and Rockschool.

If you would like to join one of our music centres or buy lessons please register on our Parent Portal.   Alternatively, attend one of our music centres and talk to a tutor or email   for more information.

To find out what bands are held at each centre, please click here or our quick finder to find a specific Music Centre

Music Centres

Creativity lives on with our choice of Music Centres where young musicians can learn to play instruments, sing together in groups, present thrilling performances and put music at the heart of local communities.

Groups take place in the evenings and weekends in local Music Centres providing a fun and friendly environment where children and young people are motivated to develop their musical skills under the guidance of experienced music tutors.

  • Instrument Lessons from £12 for 20 minutes
  • Instrument Hire from £24 per term
  • Band Membership from £6 month

If you would like to join one of our music centres or buy lessons, please register on our Parent Portal today!

We have a wide range of instruments for hire and can provide lessons on all of the following:

  • Trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, tenor horn, French horn.
  • Flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone
  • Violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Guitar- different styles of music, acoustic and electric inc. Bass guitar
  • Ukulele, drum kit and Orchestral percussion
  • Piano & KeyboardPretty much anything you can think of. If it is not in the list just ask!

Chester Music Centre

Chester Music Centre is home to the Chester Schools’ Concert Band which has a thirty year history of touring and concerts. You could have a music lesson from one of the fantastic professional musicians who make this centre an inspiring and creative venue for all kinds of music learning.

Tuesday evening during term time

  •  Training Band 5:30 to 6:45
  • Concert Band 7:00 to 8:30
  • Junior Band remains 5:45 to 6:30

Ellesmere Port Music Centre

The Centre offers a great way to learn to sing and to play an instrument. Choir, Band and Super Strings are funded by Musical Routes Music Education Hub making it a very low-cost option for learning to play an instrument.

Mondays during Term Time

  • 1545 to 1730: Brass, Woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone) and piano/keyboard

Thursdays during Term Time

  • 1545 to 1730: Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Ukulele, Guitar.

Hartford Music Centre

Hartford Music Centre is home to the Cheshire Youth Ensembles. There are three orchestras and two choirs catering for young singers and instrumentalists of all abilities. There is also the exciting Cheshire Youth Music for Life Big Band which rehearses monthly for more advanced musicians who want to develop their skills in jazz and bag band music.

Cheshire Youth Orchestra’s 

  • Approx. 6 Saturdays per term 10.00 until 13.00

Cheshire Youth Choirs  

  • Approx. 6 Saturdays per term 10.00 until 13.00

Cheshire Youth Music for Life Big Band

  • 10 Saturdays per year 10.00 – 15.00

Wallasey Music Centre

Wallasey Music Centre is a great place to learn to play an instrument, working with professional musicians and experienced educators. This centre is also home to our senior groups and music ensembles: Wirral Schools’ Orchestra, Wirral Schools’ Brass Band and Wirral Schools’ Concert Band.

Wirral Schools’ Brass Band

  • Monday night during term time from 19:00.

Wirral Schools’ Concert Band

  • Saturday morning during term time 9:30 until 12:00

Wirral Schools’ Orchestra

  • Friday evening during term time 19:00 until 20.45. Strings rehearsal from 18.15

Winsford Music Centre

Winsford Academy Music Centre offers a great way to learn to sing and to play an instrument. The band is fully funded by Musical Routes Music Education Hub and is free of charge to join. Individual instrumental and vocal tuition at reasonable rates from inspiring professional musicians and experienced educators makes this a great place to become a musician.

Mondays During Term Time

  • 15.30 until 17.00

Wirral Centre for Young Musicians

The Music Centre at Woodchurch offers children and young people the opportunity to meet and make music together. There are junior groups for strings, brass and woodwind, a choir and theory tuition. We welcome children and young people from beginners to about Grade 4 standard. From Grade 4 standard, musicians move to our senior ensembles at Wallasey Music Centre. The groups perform in concerts across Wirral, compete in national competitions and even tour around the world!

Saturday Mornings During Term Time

  • 09:30 until 12.00 noon

Weaverham Music Centre

Weaverham Music Centre is home to a range of music groups for young people. Vale Royal Schools Concert Band is the senior wind band which has a long history of performing in Britain and touring abroad. Vale Royal Mezzo and Junior Bands offer playing and performance opportunities to less experienced players. There are Super Strings groups and instrumental tuition available too.

Vale Royal Schools Concert Band; Tuesdays during Term Time

  • Juniors 18.00 – 18.45 // Mezzo 19.00 – 20.15 // Senior 19.00 – 21.00

Weaverham Super Strings; Tuesdays Term Time

  • From 18.00 – 20.00














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Instrument Hire

Have you ever dreamed of playing the saxophone or something more unusual like the oboe or bassoon? Then make Edsential your first stop! Musical instruments can be hired or purchased directly from Edsential. Please contact for more details

We can provide an instrument from our extensive range of stock for you to hire for an agreed period. When you have decided which instrument suits you best, you may continue to hire or, alternatively, make a purchase.

Young people grow into skilled musicians who listen and co-operate with each other with confidence and creativity. Instrument tuition is provided by our team of qualified instrumentalists within schools and from our music centres in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Hartford, Winsford, Weaverham and Woodchurch.

Group lessons in schools are available for beginners, and as students’ progress and become more experienced they may prefer usually prefer to have an individual 20 or 30-minute lesson.  There are also plenty of opportunities for students to join groups as they progress

Learning to play an instrument is a lifelong skill which can benefit young people socially and academically.