Groups

CMA is returning in Autumn 2020 with a simplified curriculum in response to COVID restrictions. Please see HERE. We hope to eventually return to normal as specified below!

‘Springers’ foundation course

The right start to create and maintain a lifelong love of music! Our KS1 music foundation course involves singing, percussion and recorder in broad ranging introduction to music intended to give young children the basic skills that will enable them to learn an instrument quickly and musically.

AgeClassDirectorDay/Time
ReceptionMicro-SpringersAnna CooperSaturday, 9.15-10
Year 1Mini-SpringersKate VenvellSaturday, 9.15-10
Year 2Springers SingersKate VenvellSaturday, 10.35-11.15
Year 2Springers RecordersAnna CooperSaturday, 11.30-12.10

Orchestras

From the earliest days to the peak of perfection, CMA orchestras offer progression and accomplishment. The youngest groups are supported and encouraged by adult and senior student mentors. The Symphony Orchestra is the pinnacle of orchestral achievement, representing the CMA in competitions. They have performed three times in the Schools Proms.

StandardOrchestrasConductorDay/Time
Beg-Grade 1String StarsKate LaughtonSaturday, 9.15-10.15
Grade 2-3StringchroniseMary WaltonSaturday, 9-10.15
Grade 4-5SinfoniaSally StaffordSaturday, 10.15-11.30
Grade 6-7Philharmonic OrchestraFriday, 6-7.30
Grade 7+Symphony OrchestraSally StaffordFriday, 6-7.30
Grade 6-8+String OrchestraMargot RusmanisFriday, 4.45-5.45

Bands

Buzzing with dynamism, the earliest bands encourage young players to grow in confidence in an atmosphere of enthusiastic support. The concert band is the flag-ship band of the CMA, consistently achieving Platinum awards in National Concert Band Festivals. Blazing the trail for jazz, the CMA Jazz Bands “swing” wide their welcome to players eager to learn to improvise.

StandardGroupConductorDay/Time
Beg-Grade 1Blast Off!Simon DavieFriday, 4.45-5.45
Grade 2-3Supersonic!Anne-Marie MunozFriday, 6-7
Grade 4-5Academy Wind BandAndy RogersSaturday, 11.45-1
Grade 6-7Symphonic Wind BandSimon DavieFriday, 7.45-9.15
Grade 7+Concert BandAndy RogersFriday, 7.45-9.15
Grade 3-5Jazz BandSimon DavieTuesday, 6-7
Grade 6-8+Big BandSimon DavieTuesday, 7.15-8.15

Choirs

No child needs an instrument to make music! Choral singing is the first step to developing the all-round musician. We at the CMA believe that all students can and should sing, developing a sense of pitch, rhythm and phrasing through fun action songs in the early stages through to complex and challenging choral singing of the highest standard

School YearChoirConductorDay/Time
Year 3Springboard ChoirKate VenvellSaturday, 11.30-12.30
Year 4-5VocaliseNatasha MarshSaturday, 11.30-12.30
Year 6-8VocusKate VenvellFriday, 4.45-5.45
Year 9-13Youth ChoirTim VenvellSaturday, 10.30-12
Year 9-13Show ChoirTom NoyesTuesday, 6-7
By InvitationChamber ChoirTim VenvellSaturday, 12.15-12.45

Chamber Music

StandardGroupDirectorDay/Time
Grade 6-8+Flute ChoirAnne-Marie MunozFriday, 4.45-5.45
Grade 6-8+Clarinet ChoirFrancis MullalyFriday, 4.45-5.45
Grade 6-8+Saxophone ChoirFrancis MullalyFriday, 6-7
Grade 6-8+String Chamber MusicMargot RusmanisFriday, 7.45-8.45
Grade 4-5String Chamber MusicRuth CaveSaturday, 9-10
Grade 6-8+Woodwind Chamber MusicSue BeachFriday, 4.45-5.45
Grade 4-5Woodwind Chamber MusicJeremy FosterSaturday, 9-10
Grade 6-8+Brass DectetGuy ButtonFriday, 4.45-5.45
 Harp EnsembleClaire HaynesSaturday, 9-10

Recorders

StandardGroupDirectorDay/Time
Beginners Y2Springers RecordersAnna CooperSaturday, 11.30-12.15
Beginners/Improvers Y3-5Recorder RacersAnna CooperSaturday, 10.30-11.15
ElementaryJunior RecordersAlex KingSaturday, 10.30-11.15
IntermediateRecorder EnsembleAlex KingFriday, 6-7
AdvancedRecorder ConsortAlex KingSaturday, 9-10

Guitars and Percussion

StandardGroupDirectorDay/Time
Not beginnersRiff-Raff: acoustic/electric guitarOz WrightTuesday, 7.15-8.15
Grade 1-4Percussion Pioneers: not focussing on drum kitJonathan LewinFriday, 6-7
Grade 5+Senior Percussion EnsemblePaul CraggsFriday, 4.45-5.45

Theory and Musicianship

StandardGroupTeacherDay/Time
Year 3-6Music ExplorersAndy RogersSaturday, 10.15-11.15
Up to Grade 3Theory is Fun!Andy RogersFriday 5.15-5.45, £60 per term
Grade 4-5Theory WarriorsAndy RogersFriday 6-6.30, £60 per term