As we are so privileged to have such outstanding music provision and opportunities through our specialist music faculty, we are committed to sharing it with the local community and schools nationwide. Through our extensive music outreach programme, individuals of all ages and school groups can benefit from our world-class teachers and facilities. If you have any questions about any of our outreach activities or wish to get involved, please contact our music outreach co-ordinator, Dominique Swain on 01749 834487 / [email protected].

Please see the links below or scroll down for details of some of our regular outreach opportunities.

Brass Skills Day
Instrument Skills Days
Open to various abilities and ages
Students playing violin at Wells Music College
Wells Music College
One-to-one instrumental lessons and ensembles
Man performing at the Piano Club at Wells Cathedral School
Piano Club
For adult learners of any ability
Primary School Christmas Concerts
Primary School Christmas Concerts
Open to regional primary schools
Wells Young Musicians String Orchestra
Wells Young Musicians String Orchestra
For Grade 3 players aged 6-11
Y12-Visit to local primary schools
Musical Performance Visits
Our Y12 students visit local primary schools
Song Squad rehearsing at Wells Cathedral
Song Squad
For boys and girls in years 3-6

Instrument Skills Days

Wells Cathedral School hosts a whole range of musical activities and training opportunities for players and teachers from across the South West. As a specialist music school, our renowned Instrumental Skills Days are run by some of the leading professional musicians in their field. If you are a student of any age, a teacher, or just interested in music, you’re sure to find something here to inspire and motivate you.

2017/2018 Dates

Drum Kit Instrument Day
Drum Kit Day
Sunday, 24th September 2017

More information coming soon…

French Horn Day
Sunday, 12th November 2017

More information coming soon…

Brass Skills Day
Sunday, 21st January 2018

More information coming soon…

Recorder Day
Sunday, 4th March 2018

More information coming soon…

Single Reed Day
Sunday, 29th April 2018

More information coming soon…

Piano Club

The Piano Club is a friendly and encouraging place for mainly adult learners of any ability to share their experiences of playing the piano. The sessions are informal, include refreshments, and are an opportunity to play to each other and discuss all things relating to playing the instrument at any level and any style. It is also an excellent way of making new friends.

The club meets on Wednesday mornings once a month, in term time, in the grand surroundings of Quilter Hall at Wells Cathedral School. Participants are invited to arrive at 9.45am for a cup of coffee and sessions run from 10.00am – 12.00pm.

2016/17 Academic Year Dates

14 Sept
5 Oct
9 Nov
7 Dec
11 Jan
1 Feb
1 Mar
3 May
7 June
5 July (2.00pm in Cedars Drawing Room – this session only)

If you would like more information, or would like to join the group, please contact our Wells Music Outreach Coordinator Dominique Swain on
01749 834487 / [email protected]


As an adult learner I had always had lessons but had only played for myself and had never met anyone else who enjoyed piano playing for pleasure. It was very much a solitary exercise and I rarely finished any piece I was learning. For me, coming new into the area, Piano Club has meant joining a group of friends each month and music has become the centre of my life and has helped me to settle in a new place after spending 23 years in the north east.

Piano Club participant

Wells Music College

Music Lessons and Ensembles with our expert tutors

Wells Music College offers opportunities for anyone outside Wells Cathedral School to apply for one-to-one instrumental lessons with our world-class teachers.

The full range of instrumental disciplines can be covered and often it is possible to extend and enrich the experience through access to some of the excellent ensembles in the school.

Click here for our Wells Music College Prospectus.

If you would like to join the Wells Music College, please return this application form to Dominique Swain at [email protected] or post it to Wells Music Academy, Polydor, The Liberty, Wells Cathedral School, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2ST.

For more information, please contact Dominique at [email protected] or 01749 834487.


Primary School Christmas Concerts

Every December we invite regional primary schools to a workshop and then to sing with us in the magnificent surroundings of Wells Cathedral to celebrate Christmas during a lively evening concert with up to 300 children singing. Magic!

Wells Young Musicians String Orchestra

Saturday Opportunities for Young Players in Wells

The Wells Young Musicians String Orchestra (WYMSO) is a string group for Grade 3 players aged 6-11. WYMSO meets most Saturdays in term time from 11.15am – 12.15pm in Quilter Hall at the Music School, Wells Cathedral School.

WYMSO, under the experienced leadership of Catherine Lord, aims high and produces really good performances. There is always a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere with lots of laughter, and we always look forward to welcoming new players.

Please contact Dominique Swain on 01749 834487 if you would like to give it a try as places are limited. 

If you would like to discuss any orchestra matters, feel free to contact Catherine on [email protected] or call 01749 834243.

It is because of WYMSO that we decided to send our daughter to Wells Cathedral School. For me it has been the only forum available in our area for her to join in and play her violin to a high standard of expectation and discipline. The environment has always been very welcoming and very accepting of all abilities and she has always wanted to do her best for Miss Lord – something I aspire to emulate!

She has also met lots of lovely children who, like her, actually want to enjoy playing well together in a beautiful environment. The concerts are always a glimpse for the children into possible future endeavours and overall it is a wonderful introduction to the world of musical performance and enjoyment that naturally spills over into lots of other areas of a child’s life.

I can’t praise Miss Lord highly enough for her positive influence and encouragement of my daughter. If only more people would allow children to believe that with hard work, they can achieve….

One of our parents

Musical Performance Visits to Primary Schools

By Year 12 Students

Led by Mrs Alison Armstrong and Dr Wynne Murphy, groups of Wells Cathedral School Year 12 students create a 30 minute show to introduce their instruments and the orchestra to local primary schools.

One previous show included a story based on Dr. Who and the hunt for Justin Bieber – complete with a tardis! The children were captivated by the music and the players as well as much amused by such a humorous and engaging production.

The workshops form part of our annual programme of music outreach activities, including community outreach projects and concerts in schools and nursing homes.

Song Squad

Formerly Wells Junior Choir

Song Squad is open to boys and girls in years 3-6 who want to sing, have fun and make new friends. Participants learn to sing to a high standard with regular performances. 

Rehearsals, run by Tricia Rees-Jones, take place during term time on Tuesdays from 5.00pm to 6.00pm in the education room at Wells Cathedral.

If your child is interested in joining Song Squad, please call Tricia on 01749 330160 or email [email protected] with your name, the child’s name, date of birth, telephone number, school and home address.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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