For more information about joining one of our Central Ensembles please contact ensembles@servicesforeducation.co.uk

It is free to take part in our Central Ensembles, but you/ your child will be required to audition.

Our ensemble members are nurtured and supported by skilled professional tutors and conductors, developing their confidence and musical abilities.

Members will also take part in memorable performances on the stages of Birmingham’s most prestigious venues, celebrating their musical achievements to packed audiences. These groups also regularly represent Services For Education on the Regional and National Stage.

All our ensembles serve as an extension to weekly instrumental/vocal lessons and school music making. By joining one of our groups your young musicians will be representing your school at city level.

Our Central Ensembles offer progression for intermediate to advanced young musicians.

 

Auditions for Services For Education (Birmingham Schools’) Central Ensembles are open to young musicians in full time education who attend a Birmingham School or live within the city of Birmingham.

Central ensembles are designed for intermediate (approximately Grade 3 standard upwards) through to advanced performers. Ensembles rehearse weekly during term time with members benefiting from over 100 hours of specialist ensemble tuition.

As a general rule, we expect ensemble members to be with each group for two academic years to be in a position to access the next level ensemble both in terms of instrumental capability and ensemble craft, although there are sometimes exceptional cases where membership of a group may be more or less than this. In all cases we expect our ensemble members to audition every two years.  

If you are offered and accept a place in one of our SFE Ensembles musicians are expected to maintain regular instrumental or vocal tuition to enable continued personal improvement.

Central Ensembles Update Aug 2021

We currently run 21 auditioned Central Ensembles:


Woodwind, Brass and Percussion  

  • Birmingham Schools’ Jazz Ensemble
  • Birmingham Schools’ Training Wind Orchestra 
  • Birmingham Schools’ Concert Band 
  • Birmingham Schools’ Wind Orchestra

Strings 

  • Birmingham Schools’ Junior String Orchestra 
  • Birmingham Schools’ String Sinfonia

Full Orchestra -Strings, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion 

  • Birmingham Schools’ Concert Orchestra 
  • Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra 

Guitars 

  • Birmingham Schools’ Training Guitar Ensemble
  • Birmingham Schools’ Guitar Sinfonia
  • Birmingham Schools’ Guitar Ensemble 

Orchestral Percussion 

  • Birmingham Schools’ Training Percussion Ensemble
  • Birmingham Schools’ Percussion Ensemble 

Percussion and World Music 

  • Birmingham Schools’ Raga and Tala 
  • Birmingham Schools’ Azaad Dhol Group 
  • Birmingham Schools’ Steel Band 

Recorders

  • Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Ensemble
  • Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Sinfonia 

Brass Bands 

  • Birmingham Schools’ Brass Attack
  • Birmingham Schools’ Brass Band 

Vocal 

  • Birmingham Schools’ Singers 

For more details, or to request an audition, please contact ensembles@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Date 

Event/Venue 

Ensembles  

Saturday 11th December 

19:00 

Elgar Concert Hall,
University of Birmingham 

Jazz Ensemble 

Percussion Ensemble 

Concert Band 

Guitar Sinfonia 

Sunday 12th December 

18:00 

Elgar Concert Hall,
University of Birmingham 

Training Percussion 

String Sinfonia 

Guitar Ensemble 

Recorder Sinfonia 

Saturday 26th February 

19:00  

Elgar Concert Hall,
University of Birmingham 

Junior Strings 

Training Guitars 

Recorder Ensemble 

Azaad Dhol 

Sunday 27th February 

18:00  

Elgar Concert Hall,
University of Birmingham 

Singers 

Brass Attack 

Concert Orchestra 

Raga and Tala 

Saturday 5th March 

19:00 

Elgar Concert Hall,
University of Birmingham 

Brass Band 

Training Wind 

Steel Band 

Double Reed Group 

Sunday 6th March 

18:00  

Elgar Concert Hall,
University of Birmingham 

Wind Orchestra 

Symphony Orchestra 

Sunday 3rd April 

12:00

15:00

18:00

Area Ensemble Galas 

Elgar Concert Hall,
University of Birmingham 

 

Monday 4th April 

18:00 

Area Ensemble Galas 

Elgar Concert Hall,
University of Birmingham 

 

Monday 4

th April 
18:00

Area Ensemble Galas

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 

 

Tuesday 5th April 

18:00

Area Ensemble Galas 

Elgar Concert Hall,
University of Birmingham 

 

Tuesday 5

th April
18:00

Area Ensemble Galas

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 

 

Wednesday 6th April 

18:00  

Area Ensemble Galas 

Elgar Concert Hall,
University of Birmingham 

 

Sunday 17th July  

Youth Proms 1 

Symphony Hall 

Percussion Ensemble 

Brass Attack 

Symphony Orchestra 

Recorder Sinfonia 

Monday 18th July 

19:00  

Youth Proms 2 

Symphony Hall 

Jazz Ensemble  

Training Wind 

Guitar Sinfonia 

Recorder Ensemble 

Azaad Dhol 

Tuesday 19th July 

19:00  

Youth Proms 3 

Symphony Hall 

Training Percussion 

Singers 

Concert Band 

Guitar Ensemble 

Wednesday 20th July  

19:00  

Youth Proms 4 

Symphony Hall 

Wind Orchestra 

String Sinfonia 

Raga and Tala 

Training Guitars 

Thursday 21st July 

19:00 

Youth Proms 5 

Symphony Hall 

Brass Band 

Junior Strings 

Concert Orchestra 

Steel Band 

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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