We are delighted that more than 40 children from primary to secondary level have come through the doors of the Ely Area Music Centre since it opened its doors just over a year ago – and some have even gone on to play in county orchestras too.

The area music centre, which is run by Cambridgeshire Music in partnership with King’s Ely, is open to school-age students who have reached at least Grade 2 on an orchestral instrument.

Each Saturday morning during term time from 10am-12.30pm, students have the chance to develop their technical skills with professional musicians, rehearse and perform as part of a full orchestra, and work with young people from other schools who love making music just as much as they do.

The centre was set up to meet growing demand from young people in the Ely area and to complement our popular Area Music Centre in Cambridge.

“Probably half of the children had never played in an orchestra or had only played in a small school orchestra before,” said Helen Allen, who runs the Ely centre. “They have been able to play pieces such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Lion King that they hear at the cinema or on TV.”

The Ely Area Music Centre runs at King’s Ely Junior School, Barton Road, Ely, CB7 4DB, from 10am to 12.30pm every Saturday during term time.

Anyone is welcome to attend and the first session is free.

- Come along to our end of term concert on Saturday, 21 March at 11.45am. The concert – “Songs and Dances of the British Isles” – explores our rich folk song heritage alongside iconic last night of the proms pieces and medley of Beatles songs.