Encore Youth Music


Encore Youth Music Alternative Provision 2020/21

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, EYM will need to adapt in the short term in order to continue running. After consultation with all EYM tutors, a contingency plan for EYM Online has been agreed for the Autumn & Spring terms.

The premise of the online provision is that tutors will provide online materials for all ensembles. Alongside this, Saturday Morning Music Centre will continue in the form of Zoom Masterclasses/Tutorials that will be led by Ensemble Tutors on the scheduled Saturday morning dates.

EYM members will be offered the opportunity to submit videos of themselves performing the prepared ensemble materials. All of these videos will be compiled and edited, with the final result being a full ensemble performance. These performances will be the central material for the Encore Virtual Concert Performances, scheduled to take place the same evening as the Live Concerts would have happened.

An alternative provision handbook can be found below which contains more information and the resources for the various ensembles can be found here.

"It’s wonderful to see so many thriving ensembles rehearsing on a Saturday morning at Hereford Sixth Form College. As a former member of the Staffordshire Music Service, I know how much youngsters gain from these opportunities. There are huge benefits and enjoyment that acrue from playing in the groups. These will help to nurture success and pleasure in their later lives."

Quote from Peter Cooper, Principal of Herefordshire Sixth Form College

General Information

Encore Youth Music (EYM) is the banner which all county ensembles come under. It allows children and young people who are learning to play an instrument to come together, play together and enjoy music together.


The majority of our ensembles meet and rehearse together at our Music Centre on Saturday mornings at the Hereford Sixth Form College. On weekday evenings, our popular Brass Band and prestigious Youth Orchestra have their weekly rehearsals in The Shirehall.  There are ensembles for all abilities, so children don’t need to have been learning an instrument for very long before they can be a part of EYM. Indeed, if they have never played an instrument before, they can still join the Ukulele Ensemble! All young people, age 6-21, are invited to be part of the Youth Choir.  


There are a great number of advantages to learning a musical instrument: 


  • Meeting new friends of other ages and from other schools 

  • Learning to play music of a variety of styles, alongside others 

  • Improving musical and technical abilities 

  • Developing listening and aural skills 

  • Learning to be part of a team and developing team-building skills 

  • Developing skills such as social interaction and discipline etc 


If you have any queries in regards to EYM or if you would like further information, please contact Lisa Lyness (Business Support Assistant): lisa@encore-enterprises.com

Available Ensembles

Click below to find out what ensembles are available for young musicians

How to Join

If you are interested in joining, click here to go to our online registration form

Rehearsal Schedule

Click here to view the rehearsal schedule for all EYM ensembles for 2020-21

Telephone Number: 01432 853219      Email: info@encore-enterprises.com