Creative Learning


At Wiltshire Music Centre we work with schools, communities and families across the county through our Creative Learning Programme. Our year-round participatory projects are designed to develop, enrich and inspire.

In the past year

  • My Science Fair engaged over 400 young scientists Drumming lessons were streamed live to schools across Wiltshire
  • 400 children took part in King Arthur's Quest in school with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Joanna MacGregor led a masterclass with outstanding young pianists
  • Young musicians composed arctic music inspired by Charlotte Bray. They then performed it live on BBC Wiltshire#
  • 350 children attended our schools concert Primary Live, and a further 300 tuned in to watch it online.
  • We co-commissioned a brand new piece for the West of England Youth Orchestra, support by our Buy a Bar Appeal


Exciting future projects

  • The Berkeley Ensemble give workshops at local primary schools as part of our Wider Opportunities project
  • WMC brings music and storytelling to Wiltshire libraries
  • We launch Celebrating Age, a major partnership project delivering arts for older people in local community settings
  • Gwilym Simcock collaborates with Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and local choirs to launch our 20th Anniversary
  • Musicians visit Special Schools to run exciting music-making workshops
  • We start a brand new Saturday folk and bluegrass club for young musicians
  • We start planning a tour abroad for the West of England Youth Orchestra
  • Our Young Producers gain experience event-managing our Orchestra of Samples show
  • The drummers of Kakatsitsi will share Ghanaian culture with local school children

Dennis Rollins in school resize

Zone Club at Wiltshire Music Centre

Zone Club is our monthly club for young adults aged 16+ with learning disabilities. It is a brilliant session where young people can create their own music, lyrics, dance and films supported by expert musicians and music therapists. Whether it's rapping,singing, songwriting, music tech, conducting or drumming - our Zone Clubbers take the lead!
It's been a really exciting year for the Club - here's why...

  • 40 young people attended over 50 hours of music and dance activity on the WMC stage, with lights, live band, cameras and instruments
  • Clubbers launched their debut album Zone Club's Greatest Hits, which was premiered on BBC Wiltshire. Recorded at Wiltshire Music Centre, the CD features smash hit songs Plankton! And Cool as an Ice Cube and is on sale now to help raise funds to support the sessions
  • The Club won 2 Awards from Wiltshire Council and the High Sheriff of Wiltshire for valuable services to the community. Thank you!
  • Zone Club opened the 2017 Bradford Roots Festival with a brilliant performance where everyone got a chance to solo and MC.
  • Clubbers also performed at our Special Schools Festival and with members of the OAE
  • We became a partner of the South West Open Youth Orchestra, and one of our Zone Clubbers soon became a member
  • We continue to build links with the University of the West of England and welcome their trainee music therapists

Charlie Maria others

Zone Club is generously supported by the Big Lottery Fund. Read more about how the National Lottery are helping us deliver these creative sessions for learning disabled young adults.


As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations in 2018 we will be launching a special Fundraising Appeal to raise £40,000 to support our work with young people. If you are interested in taking part or supporting the Creative Learning Programme please get in touch with Karl at