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We are the County Council's music service, offering a wide range of services to Children and Young People across the county. 
Our service aims to inspire young people from all of Somerset to make music together, unlocking the musician within. We deliver music lessons to all group sizes and ensembles and arrange events, conferences, workshops and bespoke training for all your musical tuition needs.
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The service is part of Support Services for Education, who provide a wide range of services to schools and other educational providers promoting educational excellence for all the children and young people of Somerset and beyond. To find out more about what we can offer you please visit our website www.supportservicesforeducation.co.uk​ ​

Working Together - Providing Opportunities​


Coronavirus Information

In light of the current and rapidly changing public-health situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid 19), we would like to assure you that Somerset music, continues to follow all government guidance in relation to education settings. Maintaining the safety of pupils, families and staff is of utmost importance.

While schools in England are closed until further notice for the majority of pupils all face-to-face music activities will be suspended. However, we are offering online music lessons for pupils who have already been receiving individual and group lessons and we are also providing schools with a list/links to resources which can be used to support your pupils – please see the information below which will be updated regularly with new videos and teaching materials.  We hope you will find these useful and that pupils will enjoy taking part in the activities – we look forward to hearing from you with any feedback and news about what you are doing at your school.

We are continuing to work on plans for the next academic year and will be asking tutors to contact you later in the summer term to look at timetabling your request for music provision in 2020/21.

Staff based at County Hall, Taunton are now working from home, but you can still reach us using the contact details below. If you have any concerns not covered above or any general questions, do please get in touch with us.


In the meantime, please keep well and safe.



Somerset County Youth Choirs



Social distancing will not stop our singing and we are keen to encourage our singers to continue to enjoy using their voices and advance their vocal technique at this time.

We recognise there is still much uncertainty over the safety of communal singing in close proximity and to ease any worries, we have taken the decision to move our Somerset County Youth Choir Summer 2020 course online...how exciting!

Attached are the Zoom rehearsal times for both Senior Choir (Age 12 – 21) Training Choir (Age 8 – 12) and Show Choir (Age 12 – 21)

We are keen to welcome new members so please contact salsop@somerset.gov.uk for more information if you are interested.

Membership fees for Summer 2020:

Training choir                       £30

Senior choir                          £40

Show choir                           £5 in addition to £40 fee for Senior choir

Additional siblings                50% reduction​


Choir Summer Online Dates 2020.pdf

Teaching Resources





The evidence shows that singing, no matter what age we are, can help us to feel better.

Some of the benefits as listed on CBeebies website are;

1.           Singing makes you happy

2.           Singing helps you get healthy

3.           Singing teaches communication skills

4.           Singing helps with brain development

5.           Singing action songs helps develop motor skills, co-ordination and ability to concentrate/focus.


There are some excellent resources (including the CBeebies page above) available to help children, families and schools carry on singing during this time.

We have collated our favourites here;

Jackdaws: Happy Birthday Beethoven!

Do your "Discover Arts Award” and gain a qualification in quarantine! (free to students of Somerset schools). Suitable for Primary & SEND


Out of the Ark @ Home

This has a specific wellbeing category of songs to choose from

Suitable for Primary


Garsington Opera

Monday Morning Motivation from Garsington Opera

Suitable for all


English Touring Opera

Kids singing lessons, Suitable for all.

Learn the Song

The ocean commotion with Lisa from Singingworx. Suitable for years 4-6.


Please click here ​to view our latest singing videos with Nicola Thompson

We hope this helps you to keep singing and we are looking forward to being back in schools singing with you soon!


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  Somerset County Youth Choir and Show Choir
We're recruiting - if you enjoy singing and would like to find out more about what we do please contact Sarah Alsop SAlsop@somerset.gov.uk 
NEW!  Music Workshops
Bespoke Music Workshops available for a full or half day
Please see attached leaflet or contact Somerset Music for further details  Music Workshops.docx
Forthcoming Events​​
Gifted & Talented workshops with Mark De-Lisser, 27th - 30th January
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Choral Director, vocal coach and arranger, Mark De-Lisser will be attending and hosting Gifted and Talented workshops at various schools across the county.  
Mark is known for working with vocal talent including Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Beverley Knight.  He's also worked on numerous high profile TV programmes such as BBC's The Voice UK, Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure and BBC's Meet The Street.​
There will be workshops over four days for schools across the county with concerts for the schools involved on Tuesday 28th January at Robert Blake Science College in Bridgwater and on Thursday 30th January at Westfield Academy in Yeovil.  

Secondary Music Conference
Friday 14th February, Dillington House, near Ilminster
Secondary Music Conference programme 2020.docx 

​Advanced Strings Day
​Sunday 22nd March, Walton Village Hall​, BA16 9LA

Somerset County Youth Orchestra Easter Concert
Tuesday 7th April, ​​Cedars Hall, Wells, BA5 2ST

Somerset County Youth Concert Band Easter Concert
Wednesday 8th April, The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater, TA6 4PZ

Primary Music Conference
Friday 15th May, Dillington House, Ilminster

Kilve Strings Weekend 
25th - 27th September​

​​Mid Somerset Spectacular
​15th - 16th June, Strode Theatre, Street, BA16 0AB



​​Singing Strategy
We have a new offer for the Singing Strategy for Somerset for 2019/20 - please check the 'Singing Strategy' page for further details.
Somerset Music County Youth Groups
If you are interested in joining the Somerset County Youth Orchestra, Somerset County Youth Concert Band or the Somerset County Youth Choir please contact a member of the Somerset Music team on 0300 123 7364​.
In addition the ***Somerset County Youth Show Choir ***  was launched in August 2015. This is run independently from the Somerset County Youth Choir and is for people who want to combine choral, close harmony singing with dance. 
Centre for Young Musicians
As a division of the Guildhall School - the centre provides a broad and comprehensive curriculum every Saturday providion access to excellence in the South West. Bursaries available for Somerset residents.
For more information please contact Rachel Parvin -  RParvin@cym.org.uk

Somerset Music is based at Taunton Library​
Our address for any correspondence is:  Somerset Music/SSE, D Block, Somerset County Council,
County Hall, The Crescent, Taunton, TA1 4DY
0300 123 7364


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