Abingdon Music Centre
Abingdon Music Centre Trust was
established to make music available as widely as possible within the local
community for both adults and children. The trust runs music classes and
workshops throughout the year and provides opportunities for local music
makers and teachers to use its premises for music making.
Weekly groups and classes
- For babies/toddlers: 13 of baby and
pre-school classes per week
- For school-aged children: 1 Mini Music
Makers class (general musicianship), 4 recorder and musicianship
classes, guitar club, plus 6 half-term workshops
- For adults: Abingdon Community
Orchestra, 2 Ladies' Choirs, Singing for Pleasure, ACCord (Abingdon
3 guitar classes, 1 ukulele class, 1 recorder ensemble
- Hosted groups: Jazz course, Abingdon
Strings, Kodaly Summer Course
- 1:1 instrumental lessons
- Contributions at community events:
Christmas Extravaganza, Fun in the Park etc.
- Performances within the local community:
Schools, Care Homes, Passion play etc.
- Outreach work for adults: Singing groups/courses at:
six care homes and community centres in and
General musicianship 'Black spot' courses (with a specific Dementia
focus) at: Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre and four care homes.
Singing groups at workplaces: currently two locations
- Family Learning:
4 Family learning (parent and toddler ukulele) courses at The Berin
Centre (Berinsfield), The Hub (Stratton Way)
Family Learning festival: Easter time
Family Orchestras (in partnership with primary schools)
Monthly Intergenerational sessions at Bridge House (All Together Now),
one Saturday per month, free
- Supporting Larkmead students
Summer School for new Year 7 intake at Larkmead
Weekly Lunchtime club at Larkmead, currently 'Music Lab' in response
to student interests, supporting learning keyboard, song-writing,
We run activities for all ages:
currently 12 weeks to 100 years old. We have activities targeted
specifically for dementia sufferers. We aim to enhance health and
well-being through engagement with music. We focus on participation but
aim to improve skill levels as well.
All our teachers are DBS checked
and the check covers children and vulnerable adults as relevant to the
activities. All teachers undergo safeguarding training. A trustee is
nominated to act in the event of child safeguarding concerns and to make
referrals to the local authority's child protection team.