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Reading Music Centre

Berkshire Maestros' Reading Music Centre delivers music lessons, choirs and instrumental ensembles for children and young adults in the Reading area. Based at Stoneham Court in Tilehurst, the centre benefits from excellent facilities including 12 teaching rooms (several with pianos) and 4 larger ensemble rooms, as well as a Saturday morning tuck shop.

The centre is a buzzing environment with high quality musical education at its heart, providing young people with a safe and friendly environment to learn and make new friends.

To find us, please enter the Prospect School site from Cockney Hill and progress through Prospect School's own car park towards our building. Two car parks are available to the side of and behind the music centre.



At Reading Music Centre we facilitate lessons after school and at the weekends in a wide range of instruments and styles to suit all (subject to the availability of our teachers). We have a large number of teaching rooms of varying sizes to run the lessons in and parents can wait in our reception area if necessary.

Lessons are fun and interactive and provide children with the skills and knowledge to become excellent musicians. Sessions are tailored to individual needs and can build up to music examinations or simply focus on the enjoyment of playing. It might also be possible to hire an instrument from us if you are interested in lessons but don't own an instrument (subject to availability and our usual terms and conditions of instrument hire).

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Greenham Common Trust is offering financial support for children attending West Berkshire Primary Schools taking music lessons with Berkshire Maestros. Through the Greenham Common Trust Music Bursary Fund a £50 subsidy each term is available on any group or individual lesson.

To qualify your child must be attending a West Berkshire Primary School, not in receipt of pupil premium and not yet having an instrumental or vocal lesson through Berkshire Maestros.

Click here for full details and to download a form that must be completed by your child’s head teacher.

Music Bursary Fund


As well as lessons, Reading Music Centre provides an opportunity for young musicians to join a wide variety of musical ensembles. These range from Early Years classes with Mini Maestros, through beginner bands to the most advanced ensembles in each area. Opportunities are available for string ensembles, wind ensembles, brass bands, percussion ensembles, choirs and guitar bands, and also contemporary workshops/sessions for rock musicians. Classes in music theory are available to those wanting to improve their academic music knowledge.

Ensembles provide a perfect opportunity for young musicians to enjoy playing as part of a team, improving and enhancing many areas of their learning. Their knowledge of repertoire will be extended and they will learn more about techniques and musicality.

Ensembles also enable young musicians to come together to share a joint passion and create new lasting friendships.
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        KEY: Beginner Ensembles
Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Reading Junior Strings Saturday Stoneham Court 08.50 - 09.20 Beginner -  Grade 1
Stoneham Strings Friday Stoneham Court 17.45 - 18.45 Grade 1 - 3
Prospect Strings Friday Stoneham Court 19.00 - 20.00 Grade 3 - 5
Reading String Orchestra Friday Stoneham Court 19.00 - 21.00 Grade 6+

Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Whistling Woodwind Friday Stoneham Court 17.00 - 17.45 Grade 1 - 3
Reading Wind Band Friday Stoneham Court 19.00 - 21.00 Grade 3 - 6
Reading Symphonic Wind Orchestra Friday Stoneham Court 19.00 - 21.00 Grade 6+
Galway Flutes Friday Prospect School 18:00 - 18:45 Grade 1 - 4
Senior Flute Ensemble Friday Stoneham Court 18.00 - 18.45 Grade 4+
Clarinet Choir Friday Stoneham Court 18:00 - 18:45 Grade 4 +
Double Reed Ensemble Friday Stoneham Court 17.45 - 18.45 Grade 3+
Regal Recorders Saturday Stoneham Court 10.55 - 11.25 Beginner – Grade 2
Reading Recorder Ensemble Wednesday Stoneham Court 17.40 - 18.20 Grade 3+

Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Buzzing Brass Band Saturday Stoneham Court 10.30 - 11.00 Beginner – Grade 2
Arnold Brass Band Saturday Stoneham Court 09.00 - 10.00 Grade 3 - 5
Holst Brass Band Saturday Stoneham Court 09.00 - 10.30 Grade 6+
Reading Wind Band Friday Stoneham Court 19.00 - 21.00 Grade 3 - 6
Reading Symphonic Wind Orcherstra Friday Stoneham Court 19.00 - 21.00 Grade 6+

Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Junior Percussion Ensemble Saturday Stoneham Court 09.15 -10.00  Pre-grade 5
Senior Percussion Ensemble Saturday Stoneham Court 11.00 - 12.00 Grade 5+
(There are also percussion opportunities in the Brass and Swing Bands, Wind Ensembles and Soundstage)

Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Reading Guitar Band Thursday Stoneham Court 17.00 - 18.00 Beginner – Grade 5
Reading Soundstage Saturday Stoneham Court 13.00 - 15.00 All abilities
BYGO (County Group) Monday Stoneham Court 18.45 - 21.00 Grade 5+ (by audition)

(Opportunities for Brass, Percussion, Guitar and Keyboard/Piano Players)
Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Swing Band Tuesday Stoneham Court 19.30 - 21.00 By audition

Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
Reading Children's Choir Saturday Stoneham Court 09.30 - 10.15 Reception to year 3
Reading Young Singers Saturday Stoneham Court 10.00 - 10.45 School years  4+
Theory: Beginner to Grade 6 Saturday Prospect School 10.00 - 10.30

Mini Maestros
Groups Day Place Time Ability/Age
On Your Feet Saturday Stoneham Court 10.05 - 10.35 2 - 3 Years old
Moving On Saturday Stoneham Court 09.30 - 10.00 3 - 4 Years old
Walking Tall Friday Stoneham Court 16.00 - 16.40 4 - 5 Years old
Walking Tall Saturday Stoneham Court 08.55 - 09.25 4 - 5 Years old
Beat Keepers Friday Stoneham Court 16.50 - 17.30 5 - 6 Years old
Beat Keepers Saturday Stoneham Court 10.40 - 11.20 5 - 6 Years old
Rhythm Makers Saturday Stoneham Court 11.25 - 12.05 6 - 7 Years old
Reading Children's Choir on Saturday 09.30 - 10.15. FREE to Mini Maestros students at appropriate stage.

Contact Information:

Catherine Wilkins, Music Centre Manager

0118 901 2366

Reading Music Centre, Stoneham Court,
100 Cockney Hill, Reading, RG30 4EZ

Office Opening Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9am – 5.00pm
Thursday: 9am – 5.30pm
Friday: 9am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9am – 1pm


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Please note that these are general hours only. There will be occasions when the office is not staffed. If you need to pop in it is best to call or email first to ensure that someone will be in.
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