County Ensembles

Playing a musical instrument, and performing with others, is a rewarding, enjoyable and valuable skill. Find out more about the ensembles we offer and how to apply.

Due to the current Covid- 19 situation all Music Partnership North Ensembles and workshops have been suspended until further notice. As soon as the situation changes we will be in contact with all relevant attendees to advise when sessions will start again. We apologise for this inconvenience and as always, thank you for your ongoing support. We encourage all students to take part in music groups and/or ensembles. If you think your child would benefit from joining one of the ensembles below, or if you have any queries, please contact us to apply.

Do you play:
  • Fiddle, flute, Northumbrian pipes, cello, harp, accordion, percussion, concertina, guitar, or keyboard?
The Northumbrian Ranters are made up of talented young musicians from Northumberland and Newcastle. Their aim is to promote and raise the profile of traditional music both in the county and further afield.
  • Entry: Fiddle, grade 3 or equivalent. Flute, grade 5 or equivalent (for all other instruments please email below)
  • Rehearsals: 6 - 8:30pm at Morpeth Methodist Church (8 per year)
  • Cost: £190 per year (including residential weekend)
  • Contact:

PLEASE NOTE: New members will be asked to come for a short audition as soon as applications are received. This ensemble does require a level of commitment and dedication, as the group are involved in high profile performances throughout the year. Students are required to sing together, and will also have the opportunity to participate in traditional experiences such as clog dancing.

Click here to watch The Northumbrian Ranters and Alistair Anderson performing in Berwick Upon Tweed
Upcoming rehearsals 2020: TBC
4th June
2 July
"My daughter has had lots of fun making new friends.  The experience has been very important to her musical development.  Lots of opportunities -concerts, residential weekends and tours to Scotland – not to mention making a CD – amazing!"

"As a parent, so many opportunities to watch and feel so very proud! Thanks to all the staff –  it would not have been possible without you!"
Do you play:
  • Strings, brass, woodwind, or percussion?  
Would you like to meet other young musicians and learn to play new and exciting music?  Would you like to improve your playing in a fun and friendly environment and perform in concerts?  
  • Entry: Grade 3 or equivalent 
  • Rehearsals: Morpeth Methodist Church from 6 - 8pm (8 per year)
  • Cost: £160 per year (including residential weekend)
  • Contact:

PLEASE NOTE: New members will be asked to come for a short, informal audition. Students are accepted into this ensemble at any point throughout the year, and they will be required to reapply each year for membership.

Upcoming rehearsals 2020:
23 April
14 May
Northumberland Youth Ensemble - PracticeNorthumberland Youth Ensemble - Practice 2
Do you play the cornet, flugelhorn, tenor horn, baritone, euphonium, trombone, tuba?

Please click here to find out more about joining us

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Upcoming rehearsals 2020: TBC
21, 28 April
5, 12, 19 May
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June 
7 July

The aim of this group is to encourage young Northumbrian pipers to share their enthusiasm and skills with others from across the county. They meet once every half term on a Saturday morning and the group is open to any student in full time education! This initiative is possible through partnership working of MPN and The Northumbrian Pipers Society.

Upcoming rehearsals 2020: TBC
2 May
27 June
11 July - Rothbury Music festival
Northumberland Youth Voices is an exciting new group, whose aim is to bring together singers of all abilities from across the county. You will be singing a wide variety of music from all over the world!

Over time, this will give more advanced singers the opportunity to develop their own leadership skills and play a part in shaping the direction of the group.  Northumberland Youth Voices group practising singing
Are you a flute player looking to join an exciting new flute choir?  This is an opportunity to extend your instrumental skills and meet other flautists from across the county. Magic Flutes will feature the full range of the flute family, and develop your ensemble playing with performance opportunities.  PLEASE NOTE: New members will be asked to come for a short audition.

Magic Flutes practisingMagic Flutes performing in front of an audience
Would you like to play with other young musicians and perform at concerts?  This FREE ceilidh band is made possible through funding from the North East Endowment for Music Traditions Fund. It will be delivered by Music Partnership North in partnership with the Coquetdale Music Trust.
We strive for the best opportunities for students in our ensembles, to ensure they fulfill their potential.