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UPDATED 27/2/21

Following the government announcement on 22/2/21, KMS can confirm its current plan for return to face-to-face lessons. (This may be subject to change if there are new developments regarding government guidelines.) 

The return of music lessons in schools will be at the discretion of individual schools. Until your tutor confirms that lessons can restart in person, these will continue to be online. We will update our website with a list of schools where music lessons will be taking place on site as they are agreed.

Music centres will reopen after the Easter vacation, beginning on Saturday 24th April. Should there be any change to the start date we will notify parents and students accordingly. Some tutors have requested that their lessons remain online over the summer and students can liaise with them accordingly.

This means that, for the remainder of the Spring Term, KMS lessons and activities remain online. All queries regarding lesson times should be directed to tutors in the first instance.

Theory classes will continue at their normal scheduled times.

Ensemble rehearsal times are listed below and tutors will send meeting links in advance of the first rehearsal. New music will be sent via email and students will need to have either a printed copy or digital copy to hand in advance. There will be a KMS steward available on the music centre number throughout the rehearsal.

Term dates

Please note that dates may be subject to change due to COVID restrictions. Check the website for updates. Please liaise with individual tutors regarding dates of online and in school lessons although these will generally fall between the term dates listed. 

SPRING 2021
Last day of spring term - Sunday 28th March

SUMMER 2021
First day of summer term - Saturday 24th April (music centres reopen)
Half term - music centres closed Saturday 29th May - Sunday 6 June
Last day of summer term - Monday 12th July

Youth Ensemble arrangements

Students should bring a printed or digital copy of their music and a pencil to all online rehearsals. 

Kingston Training Orchestra 
Music centre mobile number: 07752 065392 
Tuesday evenings
Strings 17.15-18.15 
Wind 18.00-19.00
Percussion - this group will rehearse with UpBeat on Wednesdays during lockdown

Kingston Youth Orchestra
Music centre mobile number: 07752 065392 
Wind 18.00-19.30
Strings 18.35-20.05
Percussion - this group will rehearse with UpBeat on Wednesdays during lockdown

UpBeat/orchestral percussion
Music centre mobile number 07917 550487
Wednesday evenings, 17.15-18.15

Kingston Training Band
Music centre mobile number 07917 550487
Thursday evenings, 16.30-17.30
These rehearsals are usually divided into sectional and full rehearsals. Please check your email for links. 

Kingston Wind Band
Music centre mobile number 07917 550487
Thursday evenings, 16.30-17.30
These rehearsals are usually divided into sectional and full rehearsals. Please check your email for links. 

Kingston Big Band
Music centre mobile number 07917 550487
Thursday evenings, 17.50-18.50

Kingston Youth Concert Band
Music centre mobile number 07917 550487
Thursday evenings, 19.00-20.30
These rehearsals are usually divided into sectional and full rehearsals. Please check your email for links. 

Kingston Youth Jazz Band
Music centre mobile number 07917 550487
Saturday mornings
Rhythm section 10.50-11.50
Brass 11-12
Woodwind 11.10-12.10

Kingston String Sinfonia
Music Centre mobile number 07469 100519

Saturday mornings, 09.40-11.40 

Last Modified: 10/03/2021 10:48:37