Dartford Orchestra for Young People

Music Centre

Dartford Music

Group Session

Wednesdays ~ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm ~ Term Time Only

Music Leader

Jo D'Amiral




School years 6-13




Mick Jagger Centre
Shepherds Lane

Please be aware that, due to the COVID 19 crisis, there have been some changes to this group and in-person sessions are not currently running. 

However, we are now running an exclusive Online Music Centre which includes the Online Junior Orchestra, which might be relevant to your interests.

This runs on Wednesdays from 6pm-7pm, and this term’s dates are as follows:

January: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th 

February: 3rd and 10th 

For more information on this and other Online Music Centre courses, and to find out more about making music with us during COVID-19, please follow the links below:

Online Junior Orchestra

Online Music Centre

Music lessons

Kent Music’s response to COVID 19

Receive up to half a term free for new music centre members!

Open to all instruments, young musicians will play together and learn essential ensemble skills, improving their musical knowledge, as well as experimenting with creating their own new music, improvising and singing.  Sessions will enable players to meet other young musicians from across Dartford and challenge the idea of the traditional orchestra, in a fun environment.

The orchestra is open to musicians in years 6-13, who are a grade 2-5 standard (or have been playing for 3 years). All instruments are welcome. If your instrument requires an amp, you will need to supply this. If you play the piano/keyboard or drums, please contact us before attending the group to check availability.

When: Wednesdays 5pm – 7pm, term-time only

Where: Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford, DA1 2JZ

This group is provided by Kent Music in partnership with Mick Jagger Centre.

BBC Ten Pieces – Earth Mission

With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Holst’s The Planets and Earth Day in 2018/2019, it is a great time to explore the topic of space. Holst didn’t write a movement for Earth and so the BBC Earth Mission asked all budding Ten Pieces musicians to create a piece of music about the Earth as though they are looking down on it from space.

This piece is completely devised by members of Dartford Orchestra for Young People – each came up with a short movement that they felt captured the sounds and styles of a continent. https://www.bbc.com/teach/ten-pieces/earth-mission/zdc7382 

All instruments are welcome, including non-traditional instruments. Although singing will be incorporated into the sessions, this is a group for instrumentalists.

The ensemble is for mixed abilities. As a minimum level, participants should have been learning their instrument for 3 years (or Grade 2 equivalent). The upper limit is Grade 5 or equivalent.

Receive up to half a term free for new music centre members!

After your free half a term, centre membership fees will apply. This is £45 a full term (£22.50 for half a term). This fee includes access to all other Kent Music Centres across the county.

A 10% discount applies to membership if you are currently receiving instrumental tuition through Kent Music. Financial Assistance is available to those who meet a specific criteria, taking the fee to £11.25 for the term. Find out more.

Your instrument! Please bring an amp and leads if your instrument requires it. If you play the piano/keyboard or drums, please contact us before attending the group to check availability. In these circumstances, we may be able to provide access to the relevant instrument for the duration of each session.

Instruments are available to hire from Kent Music, should you not have your own. Instruments can also be provided through our Financial Assistance Scheme, for those that qualify.

Please use the buttons below to make an enquiry or to fill out an application form.

There is seating available in the foyer area of the building.

Yes, there is plenty of parking available at the Mick Jagger Centre.

Dartford Music Lab

Red Rooster at The Mick Jagger Centre run instrumental lessons, a choir and a Rhythm exploration ensemble.

Darent Valley Youth Music runs various ensembles for young people from the Dartford, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge area.