Meet the Tutors

Marcus Plant

Marcus Plant

Marcus has over 25 years’ experience teaching the whole range of brass instruments from beginner upwards and many of his former pupils have gained places at leading music conservatoires. He studied with Jonathan Bailey, Colin Clague (ENO), John Wallace and James Watson at Kingston University and The Royal Academy of Music in London. Marcus and has performed in prestigious venues throughout Europe, Canada and the USA and also on BBC's ‘Top of the Pops’.

Christina Clay

Christina Clay

Woodwind Tutor

Since completing a degree in music specialising in performance and qualifying with a PGCE in secondary education Christina has been teaching the flute.She joined Create Music (formerly East Sussex Music) in 1999 and has an excellent record for pupils attaining distinctions and merit in ABRSM exams up to and including ABRSM performance diploma.


Grant Allardyce

Grant Allardyce

Drum Kit Teacher

Coming from a musical family, Grant studied jazz at college while playing on the local punk, rock, and folk scene in Northern Ireland. He obtained his BMus in orchestral percussion at University of Ulster. Grant relocated to the South of England in 2000 and started touring throughout Europe and the US. At the same time, he developed extensive experience in recording studios, playing on albums in many different genres. He is now teaching for Create Music and is curriculum lead for Drums, Percussion and Keyboard.

Why get involved?

People Playing Trumpets

Play Well-known tunes

You will have the opportunity to play a selection of well-known tunes suited to the ensemble genre. 

Performance Opportunities

By playing in an ensemble you have the opportunity to take part in concerts and events throughout the year, earning vital performance experience. 

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Making Music with Others

Making music is a fun and sociable activity. Joining a Music Centre activity gives you the chance to meet, play and perform with other like-minded musicians. 

Create Music Digital Badge

Earn a Digital Badge

Being a dedicated member of an ensemble gives you transferrable skills. If you are age 14 and above you have the opportunity to earn three digital badges to showcase your new skills on your CV. 

How to Apply


Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before applying for your child 


Apply Online

Pupils can apply at any time if they know which Ensemble they wish to join. 


Activity Confirmation

Once space is available, a member of the Create Music team will be in touch with all the relevant details you need. 


Waiting List

If there is not space for a new member to join straight away, the student will be placed on waiting list.