Saturday morning rehearsals run from 10am until 12.30pm, at Bemahague (St Ninians Lower school).

We request that students arrive at least 15 minutes early in order to help set up chairs, music stands, organise their music and be ready to play for 10am. This is particularly important for percussionists as they have a lot of equipment that needs to be set up. Students are also expected to help pack equipment away at the end of the morning before they catch their bus home.

If you or you child is unable to make a rehearsal for any reason, please let the Music Service office know as soon as possible.

Bus Vannin operates a bus service for students to and from various pick up points around the island for a small additional cost. Please contact the Music Centre for more information.

The 2020/2021 rehearsal schedule is below:

PLEASE NOTE rehearsals will be starting again on the 15th MayWe are looking forward to welcoming our musicians on Saturday 15th May. Following recommendations from the Department we have made some (hopefully temporary) changes in the way we do things but the music making will be just as fun as ever.

1. If you catch the bus to and from orchestra please respect the personal space of other passengers. If you feel more comfortable wearing a face covering, please do wear it.

2. On arrival please wash your hands at the stations provided by the entrance doors. Alternatively, pupils may wish to bring their own hand sanitiser.

3. We will make sure every room is ventilated as much as possible by opening all doors and windows and players will be seated further apart than normal as far as is practical.

4. Groups that usually rehearse in the ‘Black Box’ drama studio will be able to spread into another room to allow for more space in between desks.

5. We won’t be swapping groups after the morning break so players will have one room base each week.

6. Break times will be staggered to ensure less crowding around the tuck shop.

7. As always, please respect the personal space of others and do not share instruments.

8. We will provide sanitising wipes for percussion sticks and beaters.

9. Brass and woodwind players in particular will need to ensure they are cleaning their instruments carefully. They will need to bring a cloth that they can take home to wash after each rehearsal. They should wash or sanitise their hands after packing their instruments away.

10. Players need to put their own chairs and stands away at the end of the rehearsal.

Revised Dates for this term (Summer 2021)

May 15 Senior Strings, Junior Strings, Wind Orchestra, Junior Band

May 22 Training Orchestra, Concert Band, Senior Orchestra

June 19 Senior Strings, Junior Strings, Wind Orchestra, Junior Band

June 26 Training Orchestra, Concert Band, Senior Orchestra

July 10 Senior Strings, Junior Strings, Wind Orchestra, Junior Band

July 17 Training Orchestra, Concert Band, Senior Orchestra


The Guitar Ensemble will not be recommencing this term. A separate letter will be sent regarding this.