Meet the Tutors

Connie Rogers

Conni Rogers

Violin & Cello Teacher

Following her BMus degree in Early Music, LTCL and PGCE, Connie trained and qualified as a violin and cello teacher with the British Suzuki Institute. She has been working with Create Music (formerly East Sussex Music) since 1995 as an instrumental teacher. When not teaching, she enjoys playing with Early Music consorts and working as a Sound Therapist.

Simon Smith

Simon Smith

Violin Teacher

Simon began playing the violin and viola through his local Music Service in Leeds and gained his music degree at the University of Hull, before heading to Cardiff to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance. He joined Create Music (formerly East Sussex Music) in 2008 and teaches in the Newhaven area. Since 2022 Simon has been the Development and Partnership manager for the Lewes area, which includes overseeing Lewes Music Centre. Outside of work, Simon founded Sussex Strings, an amateur string orchestra that he leads and directs.

Why get involved?

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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.