Bands, choirs, orchestras and ensembles

Young musicians have the chance to play in groups with other students from across the borough in a friendly and creative environment.

Please see full details of our weekly ensemble programme.

Activities are available to all young musicians in Wigan Borough and the surrounding area. Students do not have to receive their lessons through Wigan Music Service to take part in these activities. There are 23 weekly ensembles meeting in and around the borough ranging from beginner string orchestras and guitar ensembles to award winning brass bands, symphony orchestras and jazz ensembles.

For advancing students, Wigan Music Service ensembles are also the gateway to the prestigious Greater Manchester ensembles, find more information at Greater Manchester Music Hub. (external link)

How it works

Ensembles are available at all levels, from beginner to advanced.

Pupils normally join a suitable beginner group before moving on to an intermediate ensemble when they are ready. Entry to some senior ensembles is by audition.

Coaching and training is provided by professional Musical Directors assisted by skilled instrumental tutors. For more information, take a look at the following:

To find out more about our ensembles and to see if one is appropriate for your child, please speak to a member of the Music Service management team.

Our exciting new Choir’s

Whatever your child’s age, we have a choir for them to be a part of out of school. Enjoy singing with children from across the borough with the support of professional vocal coaches and musicians.

  • Wigan Children’s Choir - An open access choir for children aged 7+ that love to sing. No previous experience required, just lots of enthusiasm!
  • Wigan Youth Show Choir - With a focus on popular songs and songs from the shows this open access choir is ideal for young people aged 10-19 that love to sing, act, or dance.. No previous experience required
  • Wigan Youth Chamber Choir - For singers aged 12-19. This group sing a wide range of repertoire at a high standard. Ideal for students taking singing lessons.


Music Centre fees are just £35.00 per term (£2.90 per week).


Keeping your child safe when they are participating in our activities is our priority. Parents should familiarise themselves with the music centre activities - safeguarding notice and work with us to ensure child safety at all times.

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