Meet the Tutors

Jenny Benwell

Instrumental Teacher 

Hastings & Rother Music Centre Tutor

Violin, Keyboard & Piano

Sally Ann Thorkildsen - teacher

Sally-Ann Thorkildsen

Cello Teacher

Sally Ann Thorkildsen has a BA [Hons] in Music and is a qualified cello teacher with a PGCE. Whilst living in Italy, she played in orchestras such as Teatro Giglio di Lucca, (Puccini Festival Opera). Sally Ann regularly plays locally in pit orchestras but her greatest love is playing in Opera productions.

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. 

Trumpet_Boys_Playing_Beginners Theory

Virtual Music Centre

As part of your membership you can take part in our online activities under the Virtual Music Centre. This includes Beginner, Intermediate and Grade V Theory. 

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.