Music education


We run a large number of ensembles at our music schools and our ensemble groups give a regular series of performances These range from instrumental ensembles to choral groups and steel pans. They perform at venues throughout Thurrock and further afield.

Ensemble membership is free of charge.


Instruments offered include violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Ensemble Venue Day Time
Beginner strings Woodside Academy, Grays Wednesday 5:30pm to 6pm
Stanford-le-Hope string group Stanford-le-Hope Primary School, Stanford-le-Hope Wednesday 4:45pm to 5:45pm


The Guitar Faculty of Thurrock Music Services offer the following ensembles.

Ensemble Venue Day Time
Beginners, intermediate and advanced strings Hassenbrook Academy, Stanford-le-Hope Saturday 10:30am to 11:30am

Rock school

Instruments offered at the Rock School Ensemble include drums, guitar, keyboard and voice.

Ensemble Venue Day Time
Rock school Gable Hall School, Stanford-le-Hope Monday 4:45pm to 5:45pm

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) music school

Various instruments are offered for children who have a education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Ensemble Venue Day Time
Junior SEND music school The Inspire Hub, Tilbury Tuesday 4:30pm to 6:30pm


You will need an audition to join the gospel choir.

Ensemble Venue Day Time
Gospel choir for ages 8 to 18 years High House Production Park, Purfleet-on-Thames Tuesday 5:45pm to 7:30pm
Young voices choir for ages 8 to 11 years Woodside Academy, Grays Tuesday 5:45pm to 7:30pm

Youth orchestra

An audition is required to join the Thurrock youth orchestra.

Ensemble Venue Day Time
Thurrock youth training orchestra High House Production Park, Purfleet-on-Thames Tuesday 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Thurrock youth orchestra High House Production Park, Purfleet-on-Thames Tuesday 6:45pm to 8:30pm

If you want to join any of these groups, please complete and send us the application form.