Orchestras, Bands & Ensembles

Sefton Intermediate Jazz – Monday 6.10-7pm

Intermediate Jazz is an intermediate ensemble which gives our woodwind and brass players their first chance to play swing, jazz, rhythm and blues, and soul repertoire together. Improvisation is encouraged and nurtured in a relaxed atmosphere. The band also welcomes guitarists, pianists and drummers to join them.

Directed by: Ged Harrison

Sefton Jazz Orchestra – Monday 7-8.30pm

Sefton Jazz Orchestra is a dynamic group for the developing jazz musician. Its increasing repertoire ranges from the big band standards of the 1940s right up to the present day with compositions from artists like Gordon Goodwin. Although lots of the music is instrumental we regularly invite guest vocalists to perform with us at concerts. Each year the band performs at the Southport Jazz Festival and have recently featured in Liverpool’s Hope Street festival. If you have an interest in jazz and developing your improvisation, you would be very welcome to attend on Monday evenings.

Directed by: Ged Harrison

Sefton Junior Strings – Monday 4.15-5pm

On Thursday evenings string players form Sefton meet together to explore music written specifically for string ensembles. . We play music ranging from Twinkle to Handel,Vivaldi, Mozart and Holst, Bartok through to Scot Joplin and the Beatles. Classical, Jazz and Folk. Come along and join us!

Directed by: Sarah Marks

Sefton Intermediate Strings – Monday 5-5.55pm

Intermediate Strings on Thursday evening string players form Sefton meet together to explore   music written specifically for string ensembles. We play music ranging from Twinkle to Handel,Vivaldi, Mozart and Holst, Bartok through to Scot Joplin and the Beatles. Classical, Jazz and Folk. Come along and join us!

Directed by: Sarah Marks

Sefton String Orchestra – Monday 6.10-7.45pm

String Orchestra On Thursday evenings string players form Sefton meet together to explore   music written specifically for string ensembles . We play music ranging from Twinkle to Handel,Vivaldi, Mozart and Holst, Bartok through to Scot Joplin and the Beatles. Classical, Jazz and Folk. Come along and join us!

Directed by: Sarah Marks

Sefton Junior Brass – Friday 4.30-5.15pm

There are a number of different Brass groups that are open to all brass players in Sefton Schools.  Pupils are encouraged to come along to the Junior Brass Band as soon as their teachers think that they will benefit from palying in an Ensemble where they will be challenged and given the opportunity to further develop their playing skills.

Followed by Brass Sectionals 5.45-615pm

Directed by: John Dempsey/Morris Fogg

Sefton Intermediate Brass – Friday 6.15-7.15pm

As pupils progress, they are encouraged to move into Intermediate Brass.  This group is a traditional Brass Band and rehearses after the Junior Brass on a Friday evening.  They have taken part in the Merseyside Brass Festival and the Guildhall Brass Band and have performed alongside Wingates Brass Band as part of a Wider Opportunities Festival.

Directed by: John Dempsey/Morris Fogg

Sefton Brass Ensemble – Friday 7.30-8.30pm

Sefton Brass Ensemble was formed in 2008.  Brass players are selected to join this Ensemble which has performed at a number of venues including Cyprus (Civic Exchange visit), Southport Floral Hall. Bootle Town Hall and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Directed by: John Dempsey/Morris Fogg

Sefton Junior Wind – Friday 4.30-5.15pm

Junior Wind is where it all starts for Sefton’s youngest (but no less ambitious). Flautists, clarinettists, saxophonists, oboists, and bassoonists. Like the other Sefton ensembles, there are opportunities to share their love of music by playing in concerts on a termly basis and are introduced to the basic elements of music in a fun and engaging environment. This ensemble is a perfect starting point for any young woodwind player!

Directed by: Phil Palmer/Emma Haughton

Sefton Intermediate Wind – Friday 5.15-6.15pm

Sefton Intermediate Winds are the essential bridge between the Junior and Senior ensemble. This is where the young musicians get a chance to develop the basic skills introduced by the Junior Winds. Not only this, they are introduced to a wider range of exciting and challenging repertoire, and is a perfect environment for the young people to start honing their skills as musicians.

Directed by: Phil Palmer/Emma Haughton

Sefton Wind Orchestra – Friday 6.15-7.15pm

Wind Orchestra is the flagship ensemble for Sefton Young Musicians. Always a hit at our concerts, this ensemble aims to provide ensemble training to the highest level. The young musicians will explore a wide range of repertoire (including a memorable rendition of ‘Gangham Style!) which challenges different elements of their instrumental skills. The ensemble allows the members to develop into fine young musicians in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Followed by Wind Sectionals – 7.30-8.00pm

Directed by: Phil Palmer/Emma Haughton

Sefton Percussion – Friday 4.30-6.15pm

Percussion groups are set up to give students a total percussion experience. With an emphasis on orchestral/concert percussion, students will learn to read music and play tuned and untuned percussion Instruments. This gives each student the flexibility to play in Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Brass Bands, and various youth ensembles.

Directed by: James Martin