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. 

Meet the Tutors

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.

Stephen Giles

Stephen Giles

Violin & Viola Teacher

Stephen has worked with professional orchestras in the UK and abroad, in addition to working with chamber ensembles and in film and TV. He has worked with Create Music (formerly East Sussex Music) since 2000 and teaches violin and viola to children aged 5 to 18, in schools in the Lewes area, and in several ensembles across the service.