Membership of our Area Ensembles is by registration and is open to young musicians in full time education who attend a Birmingham School or live within the city of Birmingham.

Playing in a group is fun and SFE Area Ensembles introduce and develop techniques involved in performing in a group as well serving as an extension to weekly instrumental lessons greatly benefitting the development of playing skills generally.

Area Ensemble Projects Spring Term 2021

In any normal year we would be running our free to join Area Ensembles across the city.

Whilst it is not possible to run live rehearsals, we are excited to be launching six projects for young musicians from beginner to approximately Grade 3 standard to get involved with this term. Please see “Ensembles Available” tab on this page for more information.

Young musicians can join from the very earliest stages of their instrumental learning with the encouragement of their instrumental teacher.

In order for the group to achieve a high standard, it is important that children aim to attend all the rehearsals in any term, and it is essential that all members attend the termly concert.

Area Ensemble Projects Spring Term 2021

Between now and early March, we are asking young musicians to work with their teachers to learn a part on their instrument for one (or more if they wish!) of the following projects:

  • Virtual Area Ensemble Project 1 -Tango & Cha-Cha
  • Virtual Area Ensemble Project 2 – Stand by Me
  • Virtual Area Ensemble Project 3 – Power Rock
  • Virtual Area Ensemble Project 4 – Ode to Joy
  • Virtual Area Ensemble Project 5 – Gap Creek
  • Virtual Area Ensemble Project 6 – Yeh Dosti

If you haven’t already, please speak to your SFE teacher for their advice on which project(s) your young musician(s) should take part in. Once you have done this they will email you the relevant parts for you to practise in your lessons and own time.

In early March we will ask you to record and submit a video of your young musician playing their part(s) – don’t worry we will send you full instructions of how to do this!

These recordings will form part of a massed performance with many other young musicians from across Birmingham, which will appear in our SFE Virtual Schools’ Proms from March 29th-31st 2021.

If you would like to see what to expect from our Virtual concerts (and your young musician’s performance) please take a look back at our December concert promo video.

How to register:

1. Please create an account on our Ensembles Portal: ensembles.servicesforeducation.co.uk. This will be essential for receiving full instructions and information about the concerts. You will also be able to access copies of music and backing tracks.

2. Register for your young musician(s’) chosen project(s). Please consult your SFE Music Service teacher for advice. For help navigating the portal please watch the following video.

3. Registration closes on Monday 8th February 2021.

4. The SFE ensembles team will be in touch with further instructions on Friday 12th February 2021.

5. Please let your SFE Music Service teacher know you have signed up and they will help your young musician prepare for their performance.

If you have any questions regarding these projects, please contact one of the team on ensembles@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Did you know that Services For Education is a charity?

Every year, we bring together 2,000 young people from across Birmingham and form over 70 ensembles, specialising in a variety of instruments.

We do not charge for our ensembles because imposing a charge would create an immediate barrier for many families who would struggle to afford these costs but this is only sustainable with support from our donors.

We need your help to keep our ensembles going. 

Become a Friend of Services For Education for as little as £3 per month to support our ensembles. Or, if you’d prefer make a one-off donation.

Find out more on our Charity Website.