Friendly, fun and fulfilling!
Weekly Music Classes for beginners
5-5.30pm - £5 pay as you go, no prebooking required, only pay for the sessions you attend - Complete beginners are welcome on fiddle, mandolin and penny whistle. Players are introduced to playing scales and arpeggios and technique by learning simple tunes by ear.
Play in the Band Session
5.30-7pm - £5 pay as you go, no prebooking required, only pay for the sessions you attend – learn to play jigs, reels and other dance tunes in a friendly group. Music score is provided free of charge and can be printed from the fiddle lessons website – A-Z index. Learning by ear is optional. See what we have been playing by visiting the Monday Evening Groups at Falfield Village Hall. If you enjoy it, come and play with the Highly Strung Community Band for dancing and community events throughout the year.
Weekly Irish Set Dance Classes
7.30-9.30pm - £8 - social square dance (not Riverdance) for beginners and those who would like to learn frequently danced sets
Please call Jill Elliot for more information.
Falfield Village Hall (M5 junction 14), A38 GL12 8DH
Tel: 07515 904 707
Razzamataz Bristol North uses theatre arts within small class sizes to nurture a child’s confidence and self-esteem, all while making sure they are having a lot of fun.
Aged 2-17? Come and join the Razzamataz family to experience a range of styles from classic West End musical theatre to street dance and pop singing. There are opportunities to perform for boys and girls, from local theatres and festivals to the glittering lights of London’s West End, and even Disney's Main Street Parade.
We are now a Registered Learning Destination for the Children's University, where you can win points for your portal.
Based at Yate Academy, Sundridge Park, Yate BS37 4DX
Tel: 07929 059279
Tel: 07809 709003
Did you know that Thornbury has its own Eisteddfod?
It has classes in singing, speech and drama, choirs, piano, orchestral instruments and family groups.
The Eisteddfod is a celebration of the great range of talent in the local area.
Taking part in a competitive festival can be an enjoyable and encouraging experience especially as there are professional adjudicators judging the classes.
It provides a platform for young performers so if that's you why not have a look at the syllabus and enter a class or two?
For more information click below or pick up a copy of the syllabus from The Town Hall, Thornbury.
Our 50 members have fun and raise money for charity with four concerts each year. We enjoy singing a great variety of music from major classical works to lighter songs from musicals and folk songs.
There are no auditions, but singers who can read music are especially welcome. We meet Tuesdays at 7.30pm in Alveston Methodist Church, and welcome new members (particularly tenors and basses!).
Mobile service in Yate, Sodbury and Thornbury
Tel: 07974 951250
United Reformed Church, Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2BA
Tel: 01453 845193
Tel: 078910 36145
Based in Thornbury
Tel: 01454 281520
Tel: 07888 836349
Our Children in Thornbury Are Very Enthusiastic Singers
St Mary’s Church, Thornbury
Tel: 01454 411253
The Band meets in Slimbridge once a week. We also have a Learner band who work each year towards one or two main concerts. We are a non-competing band and our members play purely for pleasure. Some of the players do perform with other competing bands in the area.
A community choir run Tuesdays 7.15-8.45pm by members who come from the Severn Vale area. We sing a mix of old and new music, there is no audition and we welcome new members from age 10 years (with responsible adult) to 110+! If you like singing as you do the dishes or along with the radio as you drive to work, this is the choir for you, no stuffiness, really friendly and there's even tea and cake! Everyone's contribution is valued. If this sounds like what you've been looking for, come along and share the joy of singing!
Meet at Berkeley Town Hall
This choir is run by South Gloucestershire Twinning Forum and meets on Wednesdays, 7.30pm-9pm at St Andrew's Methodist Church and Youth Club, Elm Park (off the A38), Filton BS34 7PS. All twinners, friends and new members are welcome. For more information, please email Carole below.
T'hornblowers is a welcoming, friendly, adults-only windband who meet on Wednesday evenings from 7pm in The Studio at Turnberrie's, and we are always on the look-out for new members.
Did you play a wind instrument when you were younger and stopped playing for some reason? Would you like an excuse to get back to playing this once loved instrument? Have you played a brass or woodwind instrument for a while but don’t feel ready for the main music groups and orchestras?
Then T’hornblowers is the perfect place for you to join our friendly group of enthusiastic players. We have flutes, clarinets, saxophones, bassoon, bass clarinets, euphonium, tuba and percussion, but we need more of these and different instruments. We would particularly welcome trumpets and trombones to complete our ensemble.
We play music from all genres; movie themes, classical, pop and are open to suggestion for other types. For more details please contact Turnberrie's Community Centre by phone or email, who will pass your enquiry onto our Music Director.
Turnberrie's Community Centre, Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2BB
Tel: 01454 868485
Thornbury Area Youth Music is a charity run by parents for parents of children who want to learn a musical instrument in a fun and supportive environment. We run a busy term-time Saturday morning music centre with instrumental groups, classes, choir, theory and orchestras for musicians of all abilities aged four and above.
Because we are a charity, our classes are affordable. You can also hire an instrument for a small fee.
Manorbrook School, Park Road, Thornbury BS35 1JU
Tel: 01454 299932
Thornbury Arts Festival is one of the longest running multi-arts festivals in the country.
Entirely run by volunteers, the Festival is an established part of the Thornbury calendar and the organising committee is also responsible for the annual Thornbury Eisteddfod, and the Severn Vale Art Trail, which showcases the work of local artists.
We are a group of local musicians playing string orchestra and chamber repertoire.
Based in Thornbury
Thornbury Choral Society grew out of Thornbury Music Club and Choir founded in 1963. Its conductor, Steven Kings, is the fourth in its 56 year history.
The Society’s main concerts, usually with full orchestra and professional soloists, are held in May and November. Performances in recent years have included works by composers as diverse as Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Fauré, Mozart, Handel, Hayden, C.P.E. Bach, Rossini, Schubert and Beethoven. For a review of recent concerts please see our website below.
Competent singers are always welcome to join, and there are no auditions. Rehearsals are on Mondays, 8pm at Thornbury United Reformed Church between September and May. Starting in January 2020 we will run an 8 week "Get Back to Singing" course for anyone who would like to refresh their experience of singing in a choir or who would like the challenge of singing a different style of music. Details on our website below.
If you would like to try a couple of rehearsals or would like more information please ring the Chairman, Ruth Piolle, or email below. You will be very welcome.
Tel: 01454 416518
The choir's aim is to explore the wide variety of music available to clarinet choirs. The Choir has a range of clarinets from the small Eb to the very big contrabass clarinet. For more information about the choir please email below.
Tel: 01453 845193
Tel: 078910 36145
We meet once a month to appreciate entertainment by British Country Music Artists, either as a listener or dancer (couples/line dancing/or just freestyle). We guarantee a good night out with a friendly atmosphere. Come dressed or casual. There is a large dance floor with a bar, raffle and food for sale. All shows start at 8pm, admission £6.50. For more information, contact Colin Clarke on 01454 885267.
Armstrong Hall, Chapel Street, Thornbury
Thornbury United Reformed Church, 28 St Mary Street, Thornbury BS35 2AT
Tel: 01761 472468
Gospel Generation Community Choir started as one choir over a decade ago and is now three choirs with about 80 members. We meet in different areas to rehearse, one being Thornbury every Tuesday night 6.30-7.45pm.
We are a community choir for anyone to join, no previous experience is required. We're a very friendly bunch and always open to new members so do come and join us! The music we love to sing is Gospel because it has such a powerful message of hope, even in the hard times.
Thornbury Baptist Church, Gillingstool, Thornbury BS35 2EG
Tel: 01454 419118
Tel: 07977 450950
We are an amateur group which performs a pantomime, concert and a main show every year at Thornbury's Armstrong Hall. We are a dedicated, close knit group and also organise regular social activities. New members are always welcome, as well as backstage crew.
Founded in 2002, the orchestra has grown rapidly and now performs large symphonic works. While aiming for high standards, we remain a fun, friendly and enthusiastic group. Players need to be of a good standard and wishing to improve. Recent works played by the orchestra include Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and excerpts from Holst’s The Planets.
Rehearsals are at 19:45 on alternate Wednesdays at the United Reform Church, Thornbury, plus some sectional rehearsals on the other Wednesdays.
The orchestra welcomes membership and booking enquiries. Please visit our website for contact details.
The inspiration of the late saxophone player Richard Gulliver, the band is made up of musicians from Thornbury and its surrounds, who are from all walks of life, and who share a common aim of providing good quality entertainment.
The band performs throughout the year at concerts, weddings and parties, with an annual Christmas concert. We play Swing instrumental numbers from the 1930s to modern times.
Money raised is donated to our nominated charity Brain Tumour Support, and others. For more information call Chris on 01454 411761.
Thornbury Theatregoers helps you enjoy the theatre without the worry of driving or parking at night. We organise around ten coach trips a year to see plays, classical concerts, ballets and light operas.
We book accessible seats and regularly visit Theatre Royal Bath, Everyman at Cheltenham, Bristol Old Vic, Hippodrome and Colston Hall.
Tel: 01454 850 933
Tel: 01454 415 358
The local brass band plays a wide range of music at a variety of events throughout the year in Thornbury and surrounding areas. The band is enthusiastically supported with around 20 members, the age range is (approx.) 12 to 65+. New players are always welcome.
Meet at The Wheatsheaf, 7 Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2BJ
Origin Cafe, Turnberrie's Community Centre, Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2BB
Tel: 07908 160008