About us

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We are all about music. We’re here to educate, inspire and encourage children and young people to start musical journeys, to achieve their musical potential and, most importantly, to love music as much as we do.


  • Music for All

    At the heart of music education in Berkshire for over 35 years

    Berkshire Maestros was launched as Berkshire Young Musicians’ Trust in 1982, with a mission to run music lessons, groups and courses for children in Berkshire. The trust launched with a bang by holding a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Concerts there and at many venues across Berkshire became a regular fixture and still are today.

     

    Teaching instrumental and singing lessons still forms the backbone of the trust’s objectives, and last year over 4,000 Berkshire children benefitted from our music lessons and activities, despite most of these being held online.

     

    What makes us special is our staff. Our teachers are all highly qualified experts in their field. This means our tuition will always be the best, whether that’s early years groups, curriculum teaching, ensemble direction or vocal and instrument lessons.

     

    Our range of ensemble opportunities is unparalleled – from chamber groups and jazz bands to rock groups and full orchestras.

     

    Working with a range of partners allows us to broaden the musical horizons of our young people and offer learning opportunities in almost every musical genre. We want music to be for everybody, and in every community.

QUOTATION

“Music is my constant companion. Whether to celebrate joyful moments or to soothe me in dark moments, it is always there.”

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Dawn Wren CEO Berkshire Maestros
  • Music Matters

    Why is music education important?

    Our belief is that all children should have access to excellent musical education. We are passionate about music and we know the incredible benefits that listening to, performing and creating music can bring. We want to enrich people’s lives with a love of music, and to support the wellbeing of children, young people and adults through music. We want to inspire students to have a life-long love of music that positively impacts all of their future endeavours. In short, music matters and we want to share that with everybody.

We believe in the power of music to change lives

  • Access for All

    We believe that all children and young people, regardless of background should have access to high quality music experiences.

  • Excellence

    Our staff are highly skilled musicians and teachers who are dedicated to their craft and motivated by a shared love of music.

  • Inspirational

    We are inspired by our students every day and seek to inspire and motivate them through the opportunities and experiences we offer.

  • Proud to Partner

    We work closely with a variety of partners to enhance our offer and to ensure we meet the needs of our children and young people.

  • Enriching

    We go above and beyond to enrich children’s lives and to offer them inspirational experiences that will make memories to last a lifetime

  • Innovative

    We are always challenging our thinking to stay ahead of the curve, and strive to offer new and exciting initiatives.

Choose your instrument

Interested in playing but don’t know where to start? Try our instrument chooser to find out which one could be your perfect match.

Fees

Music lessons don’t have to be expensive, and lessons from Berkshire Maestros will always offer good value - and free trials for everyone.

Support Us

There are many ways that you can help to support us to meet our objective to give all Berkshire children access to music education.

OUR TEAM

The Berkshire Maestros’ Team

  • Dawn Wren

    CEO

  • Wendy Harvey

    Senior Leader – Curriculum & Early Years

  • Anna Lang

    Senior Leader – Learning & Teaching

  • Richard Raymond

    Senior Leader - Business Operations

  • Vacant

    Senior Leader – Partnerships, Progression & Development

  • Jamie Baird

    Partnerships and Inclusion Development Manager

  • Danielle Ballantine-Drake

    Head of Early Years and Voice

  • Jonathan Burnett

    Head of Strings

  • Robert Croft

    Head of Brass and Percussion

  • Gareth Holwill

    Head of Guitar and Piano

  • Russell Jackson

    Schools Development Manager (East Berkshire)

  • Sean Law

    Music Centre Development Manager (East Berkshire)

  • Catherine Millar

    Head of Woodwind

  • Hilary Smethurst-Evans

    Music Centre Development Manager (Reading and West Berkshire)

  • Emma Stoffer

    Schools Development Manager (Reading and West Berkshire)

  • Helen Bligh

    Marketing Manager

  • Andy Bristow

    Financial Accountant

  • Di Hughes

    Business Development Manager

  • Julia Lambourne

    Head of Customer Administration

  • Margit Christensen

    HR Manager

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