Come & play in our String Ensembles

All Trafford students are welcome – whether you have lessons through Trafford Music Service or not, you’ll be very welcome to come and try one of our many ensembles.   There’s also a tuck shop – we suggest no more than £1.  Plus we have regular concerts in very prestigious venues.

The basis of a symphony orchestra is its string section. A string ensemble is the best way to learn how to play together, whilst having fun.

Come and play!  Details on how to register and try out an ensemble are at the bottom of the page.

Junior String Ensemble

The String Ensemble is vibrant and friendly giving players their first experience of ensemble playing. They rehearse on a Monday evening from 5.15pm to 6.00pm.  The ensemble is aimed at beginners who have been playing their instrument for at least one term. As well as studying a range of music, we develop reading skills and performance skills. Repertoire will improve and build on 1st, 2nd and 3rd fingers (4th fingers for cellists)

Time: Monday, term time – 5.15pm – 6.00pm

Venue: Claremont Centre, Sale

Intermediate String Orchestra

Our beginner/intermediate string orchestra runs on a Friday evening from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Players gain experience and have the incentive of moving up to our Youth String Orchestra. It is suitable for string players of Grade 2 and above, to join just come and try it out!

Time: Friday, term time, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Venue: Claremont Centre, Sale

Youth Strings Orchestra

This is our higher level dedicated string orchestra. It is fed by players from our intermediate strings orchestra and those who pass an informal audition.  The standard is approximately Grade 3. It runs on a Friday evening from 5.15pm to 6.15pm.  An informal audition can be arranged throughout the school year – please email to arrange.

Time: Friday, term time, 5.20pm – 6.20pm

Venue: Claremont Centre, Sale

How to Join A String Ensemble

Register for a string ensemble membership here:

If you are new to Trafford Music Service, start by selecting ‘New Student’.

Any queries – please email