Cleobury Residential Weekend

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

We are over the moon to announce the return of our residential orchestral weekend at Cleobury Mortimer!

Open to all students and instruments, this course will run from 28th - 30th January 2022. The closing date for enrolment is 30th November 2021.

Cleobury is an annual event in the Music Service calendar, where students of all ages and ability levels come together for three days and, under the guidance of our teachers and course leaders, create exciting performances from scratch!

It's a fast paced, fun filled weekend which combines large-group music making with outdoor activities and social time. Many long friendships have begun at Cleobury, and it's a unique opportunity to mix with the wider SMS cohort.

There are three courses available:

  • Beginner Orchestra (up to Grade 2 standard)

  • Main Orchestra (Grade 3 - 5 standard)

  • Chamber Group Course (Grade 6+ standard)

The course takes place at the Pioneer Centre, Cleobury Mortimer, which is a well-equipped activity centre for groups of up to 300.

The cost of the weekend is £150 per student, payable in two instalments. Help with funding may be available if financial circumstances are a barrier to participation - please speak to us.

This price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Food

  • Tuition

  • Outdoor activities

  • Concert

The weekend programme runs as follows:


The course starts at 18:00 with students arriving, registering, and finding their rooms. There is an evening meal at 19:00 followed by the first of many rehearsal sessions.


This day contains a rich blend of orchestral sessions with one session of outdoor activities. Students will also have a chance to listen to some of the many chamber music concerts.


The course ends with a final concert, where all students will share the weekend of music with parents and friends.

Accommodation & Food

All rooms have en-suite facilities, and sleep between 2 and 6 students. Meals take place in the communal dining hall and are self-service. The centre caters for vegetarian, vegan and other dietary requirements.

The centre also runs a 'Tuck Shop' during the day, where students can purchase sweets and treats! During free time, there are games and facilities available at the centre including table-tennis, pool tables, and televisions.

Outdoor Activities

All students attending this course will be able to take part in one of the activity sessions on the Saturday. They will have the choice of up to six activities within a set time limit. The cost of these activities is included in the course fee.


All students will be covered by a group insurance policy, which will include cover for these activity sessions.

In the event that illness, including Covid-19 prevents attendance, we regret that we will be unable to offer a refund.


Group transport will be available from Bayston Hill and Church Stretton at an extra cost. Please tick the appropriate box on the form if you wish to use this option.

Digital Detox

There is a strict no mobile phone policy on this course. Please be aware that by enrolling, you are agreeing to this policy.


Once you've filled in the online form you will be directed to our online payment facility. The course costs £150 per student, including a non-refundable £90 deposit.

Enrol Here: SMS Cleobury Orchestral Residential Course 2022