Aged between 8 & 18 and learning to play or sing? Or have you always wanted to give music a try? 

Torkard Academy meet every two weeks on a Saturday afternoon. We have an orchestra for existing players and anyone learning an instrument is very welcome to come along. We play all sorts of music - it doesn't matter what you play - we'll find a space for you. We also have a singing group and we encourage all musicians to join in and learn to sing. We've sung all sorts of music - including rock classics, sea-shanties, film favourites and classical works. 

If you'd like to learn a new instrument, we also offer group lessons on instruments like violin, clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet, guitar and ukelele. We can often hire you an instrument if you don't have one. 

Interested in having a go? Ask a parent or guardian or get in contact with us and we'll send some more information.

Information for parents, guardians and sponsors

Torkard Academy is an exciting new project which began in 2016. As a group we are passionate about providing young people with musical experience and education, a place to sing, play instruments, have fun and make friends. We've always encouraged families at our concerts by way of free entry for under 16s, and are committed to helping the next generation of musicians in any way we can.


Our fortnightly Saturday afternoon Academy sessions have so far seen around 40 young people between the ages of 8 and18 attend a choice of group instrumental sessions (we try and accommodate all instruments where possible) and a singing session, split into one hour chunks. Young people can attend one or both of these sessions at a cost of just £10 per term, as one of our aims is to make this accessible to all, as we know that cost can be a prohibitive factor when it comes to music.


Thanks to the generosity of our local community and a grant from Nottinghamshire County Council, we have now extended the project to offer more young people access to music, including subsidised tuition and instrument hire. We aim to give young people who may not otherwise get the chance, the opportunity to learn to play an instrument and play alongside other musicians. The afternoon sessions are run by our members, led by experienced musicians, many of whom are music teachers by profession. We have safeguarding officers in place, who lead training sessions for our members, and ensure DBS certificates are obtained for those working with young people.  


If you'd like more information, please do get in contact