As a Music Education Hub, one of our four core roles is to support the development of both in and out of school Ensembles.

SoundStorm supports the vision that ‘children and young people should have the opportunity to take part in vocal and instrumental ensembles’, offered either in school or by bringing students together from across the locality.

Within the conurbation there is a diverse array of in school offers, from Rock bands and vocal groups to Jazz bands and percussion ensembles – out of school we have been working with our Partners to develop and enhance this.

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In partnership with Dorset Music Service, we also subsidise the costs for Bournemouth and Poole students to attend the County Groups.

Electric Ensemble

Take your next step as a guitarist with the Electric Ensemble! Be it electric or electro-acoustic, you’ll have the chance to learn arrangements for mixed abilities alongside a professional rhythm section within a group environment. Singer-songwriters are also welcome and there will be a chance to perform live & record a track. Starts 16th January Mondays (term...

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Jam Collective

The Jam Collective is for young musicians that wants to develop their improvisation skills. For all instrumentalists aged 10-16 with at least 1 year playing experience. No sight reading ability required. The Jam Collective is taking a break for Spring Term, if you are interested in joining the group, please send your expression of interest to info@soundstorm-music.org.uk

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Panoramic & Steel the Magic

Two steel pan collectives who meet weekly playing Pharrelll through to Little Mix, but not as you know it. Panoramic  Wednesdays, 4.30-5.30pm Panoramic is a steel pan ensemble comprising former pupils from Baden Powell & St Peters (BPSP), they were drawn back to the school to continue their love of pan playing and continue their development...

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Make some noise and learn the addictive rhythms of Brazil in this mixed school Samba Band.You’ll have the opportunity to perform throughout the year and play alongside professional musicians. Suitable for children from Years 5-9 with some drumming experience (through lessons or school activities), particularly those who have already accessed Samba/African Drumming/Percussion. RITMO is no...

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BU Orchestra

Working on a wide repertoire, the orchestra gives regular concerts in venues in and around Bournemouth and draws large and appreciative audiences. As we start the new term, we are recruiting students of school age to join. The ensemble rehearses from 6pm-8.30pm (Strings) and Full Orchestra every Tuesday evening 7pm-8.30pm during University terms. As a...

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County Groups

The county groups are run and managed by our colleagues at Dorset Music Service; we work in partnership with DMS, the lead partner for the music education hub for Dorset and in doing so facilitate access to the groups and ensemble opportunities. As the music education hub for Bournemouth and Poole, we support students from...

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Take Off

A programme launched in 2015/16 to create, develop & inspire new in-school ensembles. In partnership with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, we were delighted to announce the launch of Take Off; this exciting programme offered schools the opportunity to work with BSO musicians throughout a school term, to either create a new or develop an existing ensemble. Suitable...

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