The Centre holds a number of concerts given by pupils, with the object of giving them the opportunity and experience of performing to a friendly audience, and helping them to learn how to polish and present their performance, how to perform rather than just play, and how to overcome any problems of nerves.
None of the concerts described below are intended as 'show-case' events, and all the performers are volunteers.
End of term Pupils' Concert
The end of every term is celebrated with a Pupils' Concert at 7.00 pm on the last Saturday of term. This is followed by a party to which all performers and their friends and families are free to come. Auditions are held a week or so ahead, and the requirement for prospective performers is the same for all our auditioned concerts ie. the performer must be able to play his or her piece accurately and musically, regardless of whether it isa pre-Grade 1 minuet or a Chopin Ballade. The concert is open to any pupil to play, and therefore provides a wonderful cross-section of performers from 3 or 4 year old violinists playing Twinkle, Twinkle, to adult post-graduates. Admission is free and is open to anyone to attend - and to enjoy the party afterwards.
Many of the tutors regularly organize concerts given by their pupils to friends and family, with drinks and nibbles afterwards. These events are very valuable in building up rapport between teachers, pupils and parents.
For pupils who have learnt for less than a year.
The "9's and Under" Concert
A twice yearly event for pupils aged under ten. There is no audition, unless there are too many applicants to fit into a reasonable length of programme.