Registration is now open for our FREE SFE Area Ensembles.  

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. They are open to players of all instruments from beginner to approximately Grade 3 standard. 

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.

Rehearsals take place on a weekly basis during term time with exciting performance opportunities in March at the Elgar Hall (University of Birmingham) and July at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. 

They are open to players of all instruments from beginner to approximately Grade 3 standard. 

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.


You can pick the venue closest to you: 


4:00-5:00pm Rookery School Rookery Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9PY 

4:30-5:30pm University of Birmingham School, 12 Weoley Park Rd, Birmingham B29 6QU 


4:00-5:00pm St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School Gumbleberry’s Close, Stechford Birmingham B8 2PS 


4:15-5:15pm Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Lichfield Rd, Sutton Coldfield B74 2NH 


3:30-4:30pm Cockshut Hill School, Hartfield Crescent, Acocks Green, B27 7QG 

Young musicians are not required to audition, but pre-registration is essential. 

Register for a FREE place today 

If you have any questions, please speak to your instrumental teacher, or contact us 

How to register:

1. Please create an account on our Ensembles Portal: 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 ensemble. 

3. For help navigating the portal please watch the following video.

4.Following registration, the SFE ensembles team will be in touch within two weeks with further instructions and details. 

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

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.

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