Kingswood Development Centre

The Kingswood Development Centre is one of two development centres which meet on Saturday mornings and provide the ideal way to begin ensemble music making with other players of a similar age and standard.

Head of Centre: Pete Glover HND – Music Performance
Location: King’s Oak Academy, Brook Road, Warmley. BS15 4JT
Time: All groups rehearse from 9.30am-12 except for Junior & Senior Guitars which rehearse 9.30-11.00;
and Open Strings & Ukuleles which rehearse from 10.30-12.00am (including a break for tuck shop).
Rehearsal dates this year: Autumn

September 15,22,29

October 6,13,20

November 10,17,24

December 1,8 (Concert)


January 12,19,26

February 2,9

March 2,9,16,23,30


April 27

May 4,11,18

June 8,15,22,29

July 6 ( Concert)

September 21st – Concert visit to St Georges

October 18th – Film Music Day

December 1st and 2nd Music for Youth in Bath

December 7th – Concert visit to St Georges

December 8th – All Centres – Concerts

December 14th – 16th – TBC Community Carolling

March 11th Ignite Festival starts

March 12th Concert for Chipping Sodbury Music Society – Various Ensembles

July 6th Little Stoke and Kingswood concerts

July 13 – 14 , 17 Tour rehearsals

July 19 – 23 Music Tour

  • All concert arrangements will be confirmed in writing
How to join: Joining a music centre is easy!  Phone ( 01454 863147) or e mail ( to let us know that your child is interested in attending. We will tell the Head of Centre to expect you. We are convinced that your child will enjoy the experience but if they do not then you do not have to pay anything! If your child wishes to continue then the fee for ten weeks will be payable. Please bring the registration form with you for the first session so that we have all emergency contact details.
Cost: £62 per double term
£31 Open Strings, First Blow, Ukuleles and GuitarsNo charge will be made if you are in receipt of income support, free schools meals or maximum tax credit. Evidence of exemption will be required. All centres meet for 30 rehearsals in the school year. Charges are made three times a year. Sibling reductions apply.

Click here to find out how to pay your fees online.

Cheques made payable to South Gloucestershire Council

Transfer to Senior Centre

Click here for details of how you might transfer to the Senior Centre.

The Artistry in Strings Programme

Open Strings
For beginner strings who have been learning for a term.

Crossing Strings
Once players begin to work towards Grade 1 as they progress to a slightly more advanced group.

The Bridge String Orchestra
Members of this orchestra have an ability range of Grade 3-4 standard.

An opportunity for guitarists to play in an ensemble, plus a ukelele group.

The Artistry in Winds and Percussion Programme

First Blow
For beginner players who have been learning for a term

Second Wind
Once players begin to work towards Grade 1 they progress to a slightly more advanced group

Western Winds
Members of this ensemble have an ability range of Grade 3-4 standard