WELCOME How To Find Us
Welcome to Pontefract Music Centre. We meet at New College, Pontefract every Saturday morning. Pontefract Music Centre is a thriving place with an attendance of nearly two hundred children. The Centre has 7 ensemble groups, which include woodwind, brass, percussion and string players. In 2012 the Music Centre moved into the new Performing Arts building at Pontefract New College which has provided us with fantastic rehearsal spaces. A tuck shop is also available for pupils to buy some well-earned sweets.
We have regular concerts at Christmas and in the summer which showcase all the Music Centre ensembles with some groups also performing in the community at venues such as St. Giles church, Delacey Gardens, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Pontefract Town Centre. The Music Centre has taken ensembles on foreign tours to Austria, Barcelona and Lake Garda. At Pontefract Music Centre we aim to provide pupils with an enjoyable and engaging musical experience in a fun and welcoming environment.
The cost of attending Music Centre and WMS Ensembles is only £40 per term and we always look forward to welcoming new young musicians! Please come and visit us at any time or take part in a free taster session
Stuart Wilkinson (Head of Pontefract Music Centre)
Please note that Due to the pandemic all groups are currently online as part of our Virtual Music Centre initially at no cost. Details just below.
Groups that run from 9.00am
- Big Band – Directed by Stuart Wilkinson
- Junior Strings – Directed by Helen Sugden
- Beginner Band – Directed by Janet Ward
Groups that run from 10.00am
- Senior Wind Band – Directed by Stuart Wilkinson
- Intermediate Strings – Directed by Philip Kidd & Helen Sugden
Groups that run from 11.00am
- Senior Strings – Directed by Philip Kidd
- Flute Ensemble – Directed by Janet Ward
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Please note that Music Centres only run in term time and not on the first Saturday of a school holiday (except for October half term)