West Kent Music Centre

The West Kent Music Centre is a brand-new, inspiring local music hub based in the heart of the West Kent community and designed with musicians in mind.

The centre is spread across two locations, with the Sevenoaks campus focusing on a wide range of instrumental tuition, vocal tuition and junior ensembles and the Tonbridge campus hosting weekly advanced ensembles. Both sites are equipped with top quality rehearsal rooms and equipment.

Both locations are staffed by our excellent Kent Music tutors, providing quality learning opportunities for all students from passionate and talented tutors!

We offer a range of lessons and ensembles for musicians of all ages, backgrounds and interests.

It’s the best place to connect with the local music community, providing access to fantastic music education outside of school hours and regardless of the availability of lessons and groups in schools.

Find out more about each campus and group below. We look forward to welcoming you to the centre!

Address

Trinity School
Seal Hollow Road
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 3SL

Opening Times (term time only)

Tuesdays 4pm – 7pm

About Sevenoaks Campus

The Sevenoaks campus is designed to be a centre for excellence in music education in the area. The Trinity School site boasts amazing facilities including a music tech suite, designated practice rooms, large rehearsal and performance spaces and plenty of social and breakout areas.

With all these amazing opportunities available, Sevenoaks campus is the perfect place to develop your skills and join the rich Kentish music community.

Instruments

Brass: Cornet, Trumpet, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba
Woodwind: Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Recorder, Saxophone
Strings: Violin, Viola, Guitar (acoustic and electrical), Ukulele
Voice (singing)
Piano and Keyboard
Drum Kit and Percussion
Jazz improvisation, song writing and composition
Music Theory

We will regularly update the available instruments taught here. If you want to learn something which is not included on this list, please let us know.

Detailed information about lessons can be found on our Music Lessons page.

We are also delighted to be bringing a programme of ensembles to the Sevenoaks campus from this September. You can sign up now for our West Kent Junior Orchestra, West Kent Junior Choir, and West Kent Junior Percussion Ensemble.

Tuition Prices

Lesson prices for 2020-21 and 2021-22:

One to one: 20 minutes: £12 per lesson / £132 per term
One to one: 30 minutes: £18 per lesson / £198 per term

Two in a group for 20 minutes: £7.50 per lesson / £82.50 per term
Two in a group for 30 minutes: £9 per lesson / £99 per term

  • Prices shown are for August 2020 – July 2022
  • Group prices shown are per student
  • 33 lessons are taught per year

Directions

By Car: Trinity School is located just off the A25 which can be easily accessed from the M25, M26 or A21. It is a 6 min drive from Sevenoaks town centre, a 20 min drive from Tonbridge town centre and a 25 min drive from Tunbridge Wells town centre. There are ample free car parking spaces on site.

By public transport: From Sevenoaks Station, take the 308 bus towards Gravesend for 16 mins and get off at The Crescent.  The nearest station is the Bat and Ball which is a 18 min walk to Trinity School. The following bus routes stop at Trinity School: No2, 308 and 8.

Detailed directions can also be found here: How to get to Trinity School in Sevenoaks by Bus, Train or Tube | Moovit

Parking

There is a huge amount of parking available onsite for Music Centre attendees.

Term Dates 2021/22

Term 1: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19
Term 2: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Term 3: January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8
Term 4: February 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22
Term 5: April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24
Term 6: June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5

Address

For terms 5 and 6 2021:

Weald of Kent Grammar School
Tudeley Lane
Tonbridge
Kent
TN9 2JP

Opening Times (term time only)

Fridays 4.30pm – 6.00pm

About Tonbridge Campus

Our Tonbridge campus is the home of our advanced ensembles, the West Kent Youth Orchestra (WKYO) and West Kent Youth String Orchestra (WKYSO). The ensembles work with talented musical leaders and conductors, and perform concerts at least three times a year. Find out more about the groups at the bottom of this page.

We hope to develop more high-quality ensembles here at Tonbridge soon!

 Ensembles

The Tonbridge campus is home to the celebrated West Kent Youth Orchestra (WKYO) and West Kent Youth String Orchestra (WKYSO). More information on the groups can be found below.

Prices

Music Centre membership is £22.50 per term (e.g. 6 terms in a year).

This fee gives you membership to attend any Kent Music Centre and as many ensembles as you like!

Centres are open 30-33 weeks per year dependent on the venue.

Directions

By Car: Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tonbridge is located just off the A2014 and is easily accessed from the A21 or the A26. It is a 5 min drive from Tonbridge town centre, a 14 min drive from Sevenoaks town centre and a 11 min drive from Tunbridge Wells town centre. There are ample free car parking spaces on site

By public transport: From Tonbridge Station it is a 17 min walk. The following bus routes stop at Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tonbridge: Nos 205, 208, 208A and 219.

How to get to Weald Of Kent School in Tonbridge by Bus, Train or Tube | Moovit

Parking

There is a huge amount of parking available onsite for Music Centre attendees.

Term Dates 2021/22

Term 1: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22
Term 2: November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3
Term 3: January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11
Term 4: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25
Term 5: April 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27
Term 6: June 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8

How to Apply

To apply for tuition or ensembles at this Music Centre, please click ‘Apply Here’ below.

You’ll be taken to our online course platform where you can select your Music Centre of choice as the venue. You can then browse the available lessons and ensembles.

You can also see and apply for other services such as instrument hire and financial assistance at the same link.

Once you’ve selected your chosen courses, go to your basket to complete your application. You will then be prompted to log into your Kent Music online customer account.

If you don’t have an online customer account, then don’t worry – you can still easily apply at the ‘Apply Here’ button. You’ll be taken through some simple steps to create an account and your application will be processed the same as someone with an existing account.

After your application is complete, you’ll be sent further information about your lessons or ensemble to confirm.

If you have any questions or concerns about applying, please contact our Customer Services team on customerservices@kent-music.com

Whilst restrictions have been eased, we are still prioritising everyone’s health and safety and would therefore ask that all centre staff and students at both the Sevenoaks and Tonbridge venues undertake some basic measures to reduce the risk from COVID-19.

Measures include:

  • Not attending if you’re feeling unwell
  • Washing hands and using hand sanitiser upon arrival at rehearsals and after visiting the bathroom
  • Maintaining a minimum distance of 1m between people while indoors and to socialise outside as much as possible
  • No loitering in busy communal areas, and staggered arrivals and departures.
  • One person per music stand with string players a minimum of 1m apart and wind and brass a minimum of 2m apart, all players facing the front
  • Personal music stand and music to be brought to rehearsals (stands and music available on site if necessary)
  • Face coverings are encouraged to be worn indoors and optional for string players during rehearsals
  • Practice rooms to be ventilated in between students and wiped down where necessary/possible
  • Rehearsal rooms will be well ventilated and rehearsals will last less than the hour with a gap to ventilate the rooms between sessions

As ever, please do not hesitate to contact us on musiccentres@kent-music.com if you have any further questions.

We look forward to making music with you at WKMC!

Groups at West Kent Music Centre