We regret that we are unable to offer our usual Schools Workshops due to COVID restrictions.

We hope to return to making music with you as soon as possible, as described below.

The Big Noise!

The Big Noise brings local school children together to make fabulous music and experience the joy of ensemble playing through the creation of a local schools’ orchestra. Children who have completed at least one full year of instrumental lessons and can read music notation can take part, advanced pupils are welcome.


127 string, wind (including recorder), brass and percussion players from year 5-7 made up the ensemble for this year’s Big Noise. The narrower age band further facilitated inter-phase networking; the feedback was very positive, exceding the expectations of parents, children and schools.

…a super event; a credit to you and the CMA team. It was an absolute joy and pleasure to watch so many school children engage with music. Long may it continue.

Sharon Cromie, Head Teacher, Wycombe High School.
Big Noise 2018- 278 musicians in an enormous Bucks schools orchestra.


Big Noise 2017 – 260 young musicians came together for play, passion and performance!

“The best day of my life”- one child from St. Michaels Catholic School

Sing, Perform, Inspire!

CMA have been working with Primary Schools to bring quality music making to all. Children from year two to year six, regardless of ability or experience, meet with others from their year group at a host school, where they enjoy a day of music and fun, culminating in a short concert. It is wonderful to witness the quality of performance achieved in such a short session.

  • Sing – learn to create, maintain and communicate fabulous singing to an audience
  • Perform – share your music with the Head Teachers and Governors of your school
  • Inspire – return to school, inspired to continue to engage in music with enthusiasm

A flavour of the incredible results can be seen in the following videos:

Year 4 June 2019
Year 3 April 2019
Year 2 March 2019
Year 5 January 2019
Year 6 October 2018
Year 4 June 2018
Year 3 April 2018
Year 2 March 2018
Year 5 January 2018
Year 6 October 2017
Year 2
 March 2017

Year 4 March 2017

I really loved singing with an orchestra. It made me more confident!” – year four child from Kingswood School