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World Premiere of Nine Pianos

Cambridgeshire Music, in Partnership with Cambridge Corn Exchange, commissioned Nicholas Paul Simpson to compose a special piece scored for the highly unusual combination of nine pianos. It received its world premiere at Cambridge Corn Exchange on 28 October 2014 played by internationally renowned pianist Freddy Kempf along with eight young pianists from Cambridgeshire and conducted by Jonathan James. The piece is structured around the idea of a mentor guiding pianists on a musical journey from novice to master and the parts are graded in difficulty from one to eight.

The Nine Pianos project has a dedicated website A number of educational resources are available including a recording of the piece with Freddy Kempf paying all nine parts, sheet music and ‘Performance Minus One’ audio files that can be used to practise against. It is possible to stage your own performance using numerous other resources provided on the website.

We are grateful to Cambridge Pianoforte for their generous loan of eight pianos and a rehearsal space to make the public performance possible. ... more


Cambridgeshire Music : Music making across the county

Cambridgeshire Music, the county music service is the biggest provider of music opportunities across the county providing opportunities for people of all ages to make music and discover other arts opportunities.

We provide:
- Bands and Ensembles
- Group and Individual instrumental and vocal tuition
- Performing arts opportunities including dance and drama
- Whole class/school cultural and learning experiences
- Cluster and county music events
- Opportunities to perform
- Qualification routes
- Workshops and courses across the genres below
- Preschool learning
- Adult tuition and education courses
- Music Education Advice, guidance, mentoring and development support
- Training and CPD activities for schools and practitioners
- Music techonology support
- Musical instruments on loan
- Music sets on loan for bands

For further information about any of these areas please see the information below or in the rest of the site or contact us at


Instrument Bank Loan Scheme

You can have an instrument on loan from our instrument bank. These are well maintained good quality instruments although they are not brand new. If you have lessons with us you can book the instrument through your school or our tuition system above.

For learners having privately arranged lessons in or out of school please use the form below to request your instrument and forward to us at
instrument-loan-form-2014.doc (149 Kb)


Instrumental and Vocal Music Lessons

We use an online system to manage requests for lessons. To request a lesson please register an account, add your student information and request your lesson. If you have any difficulties registering please email us or telephone 01480 373500 so we can assist.

Lesson costs start from £5.66 per session for music lessons with loan of an instrument being just £2.09 per session. If you are unsure whether an instrument will be suitable please do get in touch with us for more information. You can book a single session if you want to have the opportunity to try out an activity.



Cambridgeshire Music Ensembles 2014/15

Please download the Ensembles brochure for information on Musical Schools, Area and County Ensembles taking place from September 2014. To book a place please complete and return the membership form.

ensembles-201415-v6-final-v2.pdf (1.44 MB)
ensembles-membership-form-v3.docx (90 Kb)



VAT-free Instrument Purchase

If you learn with us through lessons or ensembles you can take advantage of our scheme to purchase a portable instrument VAT free for use in your studies. Please use the following link to access our assisted instrument purchase form.


Making payments for activities

Tuition: Payments for music lessons (including when we are loaning an instrument for them) are made through our online payment system. Please login to access your account.

Loans of an instrument (without music lesson) will be invoiced separately until we move this over to the online system.

Membership activities: We will invoice you for membership currently.

Projects, courses and single events are invoiced as they occur.


Terms and Conditions

Our current terms and conditions for chargeable services is listed below. For school partnerships provisions in other documents may also apply for some activities.


140407-cambridgeshire-music-terms-and-conditions.pdf (56 Kb)


Job Vacancies at Cambridgeshire Music

Instrumental Tutors
Interested in providing instrumental and vocal music lessons? Tutors required in all areas to provide music skills development in a variety of learning situations. Hours negotiable. Salary : £22-28K pro rata. For more information please visit Jobs In Cambs and search for music.


Music Library Loan Sets

Our music library has a large stock of sets of music which we are gradually moving over to an online browsing and booking system.

You can browse the offline catalogue here.

Sets can be loaned per month for the following charges to cover administration of the library:
Orchestral/Concert Band Sets
Overtures/Smaller Works (£10)
Symphonies/Concertos/Larger Works (£15)

Choral Sets

Vocal Scores (per box of 30) (£10)
Choral Sheets (£5)

Chamber Ensemble Works (£5)

School Ensemble Sets (£5)

If you wish the set to be posted to you a charge for postage and packaging will be added. Collection of sets is during office hours from Papword Everard.

Sets returned with missing parts will be charged at £30 per missing part.

Sets returned unsorted will incur a charge of £5