Silver Strings


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Always wanted to play a musical instrument?

Then Silver Strings is for you!

Silver Strings, Brighton’s very own later-starter community string band, has been running since early 2013. So far we have introduced a large number of older people to stringed instruments and numbers are growing. This open group meets weekly to choose, play and devise music together: we play a wide range of material – folk tunes, classical themes, and popular melodies.

We perform several times per year – we’ve played on Brighton Bandstand twice so far, and were delighted to play within Brighton Royal Pavilion for the Mayor‘s Christmas drinks reception in 2015, for a wedding at Stanmer House in Spring 2016, and being filmed for Sky TV’s ‘The Secret Life of the Brain‘ in 2017 – as well as various social clubs and parties, where our audience are encouraged to join in too!

FREE TRIAL SESSIONS: first Tuesday of every month, 9:30-11:30am, at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton – complete beginners are very welcome and we even provide the instruments. Book here.

Cost: weekly cost of sessions is £12.50, payable monthly.

Silver Strings is co-ordinated and facilitated by Isabel Emerson, professional cellist and Goldsmiths’-trained community musician, and has kindly been supported by the Brighthelm Small Grants Scheme, Cooperative Membership Fund, and The Homity Trust.

Starting from a total beginner, you have brought me on to the point where I can play. Joining Silver Strings has changed my life, now making music is part of my everyday and I’m loving it!

Good for the brain & a great feeling of achievement!

I was very proud of our joint efforts at the wedding, I got quite lost in the moment!
-PG, participant

Group Improvisation, 08-03-2016

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