Youth Ensembles

Tuesday Evenings

Our Tuesday Centre offers specialist ensemble opportunities for young musicians at around grade 4 standard to develop their musical interests within a range of styles. Members are given opportunities to collaborate with different groups (for example flutes and guitars) and can belong to more than one group (for example playing clarinet in the Clarinet Choir and saxophone in Jazz Band). This centre is often involved in project-based work, where guest artists are invited to collaborate with our Tuesday groups. In the past, this has included projects with the Grand Union Orchestra. More information about each group can be found below.


How much is it?

£51.00 per term

£20.40 per term for students who receive Free School Meals.


This fee includes an average of 10 sessions per term. There is no extra charge for belonging to more than one group or centre.


Progression routes

Many of our groups at our Tuesday centre are catered for our most advanced players. For orchestral players, there is opportunity to try out different repertoire and groups at our Friday centre. For non-orchestral players who are coming to the end of their membership of the Tuesday centre, please speak to our centre staff if you would like recommendations on how to progress further and they will be happy to advise you.



The Centre has been on regular tours abroad, including South Africa, the Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, the Netherlands and Portugal. Find out more about Tour here.


How do I apply?

The easiest way is to make an online application.


Fluteharmonic, 6.00 – 7.45pm


Fluteharmonic is a group of approximately 25 talented and enthusiastic musicians from various schools in and around the Croydon/Sutton/Bromley areas, ranging from grade 4 to Diploma standard. They enjoy performing at various events throughout the year. Past events have included Sir James Galways' birthday celebrations and The Olympic Torch Ceremony that was held in Croydon.  The group covers an exciting range of music, from traditional Baroque/Classical music to current Pop music.

Rockshop, 6.00 – 7.45pm


RockShop is for electric and bass guitarists, drummers, keyboard players and singers who wish to play in a band. Members are shown how to set up and get the best out of their equipment as well as learning to perform rock and pop music. Students are also given the opportunity to perform in shows throughout the year that in the past have included summer festivals and large-scale venues in Croydon. Most pupils progress from RockWorks which is designed for beginner musicians and then progress up to RockShop once they have reached grade 3 standard.

Guitar Ensemble, 6.00 – 7.45pm


The Guitar Ensemble aims to provide young guitarists with group playing skills in a friendly social environment. It is aimed at pupils of grade 2, ABRSM Gold medal and beyond. The group consists of classical and acoustic players working on material suitable for the overall standard of the group. There are easy parts and more challenging parts for more experienced players. It helps to have good reading skills but there are tab parts and chord parts as well. The repertoire is varied covering well know pop repertoire to jazz and classical pieces. The group often shares projects with singers and other instrumental  players and ensembles.


Clarinet Choir, 6.00 – 7.00pm


Croydon Youth Clarinet Choir has a regular membership of around 20 players, all of whom are of Grade 4 - 8 standard. Their repertoire is interesting and diverse, ranging from arrangements of the Classics (for example “Sorceror’s Apprentice and Tchiakovsky “Sleeping Beauty”), to fun arrangements of jazz and popular music ("Pirates of The Caribbean" and “Phantom of the Opera” have featured recently), to original compositions. CMA owns almost the full range of different clarinets, and you would have the opportunity to try any from the tiny E flat Clarinet to the huge Contra-bass if you wished! Croydon Youth Clarinet Choir performs regularly at CMA’s own Concerts and also at external events, including regular outings to the large-scale concert halls.


Brass Ensemble, 6.00 – 7.00pm


The Brass Ensemble features players of grade 6 and above level on all brass instruments.  Many styles of repertoire are covered including brass chamber music, Jazz and Funk, Baroque, Classical and Renaissance offerings by some of the finest composers for the medium. Recent pieces include works by Bourgeois, Handel, Barber and Susato, and the ensemble often splits into smaller groups when numbers allow in order to allow for different ensemble experiences.  The group has performed at CMA concerts, as well as a recent performance at the Fairfield Halls before the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Percussion Ensemble, 6.00 – 7.00pm


The Percussion Ensemble covers a wide range of tuned and un tuned percussion and music including the most recent pop arrangements, musicals, classical and contemporary repertoire. Our age range is between 11-18 and grades 3-8.

Jazz Band, 7.00 – 8.00pm


The Jazz Band is comprised of the best players from the brass, woodwind and percussion centres to make an advanced jazz collective.  The group follows a standard big band formation, but has been known to include singers, strings and flutes when required.  The group covers all types of Jazz, Funk, Soul and Motown music, from the standards (Duke Ellington, Count Basie, John Coltrane), to modern takes on more recent music by artists including Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, and has also covered music from lesser-known independent composers.  The jazz band has performed at CMA concerts, as well as abroad in Germany, Croatia and Holland.  They have performed independent functions and events, including the Croydon Council Awards, the reopening of Wandle Park, the South Norwood Community Festival and the CIC Awards at Crystal Palace FC.