Fenland Music Centre Association is a music charity run by volunteers. Our aim is to provide children and adults in Fenland with opportunities to learn to play together and to promote music education in the community. We encourage anyone at grade 1 standard and above to join our Training Orchestra and to join our other groups at approximately grade 4 standard. Adults and young people can rehearse and learn to play together in a relaxed, friendly and supportive setting. We have several musical parents and their children who attend FMCA and enjoy music-making together. Young people who are working at grade 7 & 8 can increase their concert and ensemble skills to a higher level by also attending workshops, play days and groups with Cambridgeshire Music – check what is on offer there at cambridgeshiremusic.org.uk.
You are welcome to just turn up on a Friday evening and find out who we are, what we do, what music we play and how we love making music together – bring your instrument and have a go. Come and join us if you are learning an instrument or returning to play after a long absence!
We provide 30 sessions a year during school term time where all ages can work together and learn to play music in groups. Our aim is to play 3 – 5 public concerts a year and to provide an educational music workshop or activity once a year. We try and keep our subscription to a minimum, particularly for school age learners, as instrument hire and music lessons can make learning an instrument very expensive. FMCA tries to raise enough money yearly to cover costs and we are very grateful for grants and funding from the local organisations that help us to achieve this.
History of FMCA
Fenland Music Centre FMC was established in 1967 by Guy Ratcliffe, a talented local musician, teacher and composer. His aim was to offer school age musicians in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire the opportunity to play and perform in orchestras and bands. Supported by a team of local peripatetic music teachers, The Fenland Music Centre was born, with a range of orchestras, bands and ensembles meeting every Saturday morning in term time at the Further Education (Community) Centre in March. The Fenland Music Centre itself was originally funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire Music and this provision moved to Neale Wade Community College. The charity Fenland Music Centre Association was set up to support these activities. However In 2014 FMCA took over the running of the music provision and it returned to it’s roots offering musical opportunities in the March Community Centre on a Friday night. FMCA is volunteer led organisation and alongside it’s move back to the Community Centre in 2014 it changed it’s focus to provide musical opportunities for adults as well as young people to play together in a community orchestra and variety of ensembles.
Generations of musicians have benefited from their time playing with FMCA. Many have gone on and continue to go on forging musical careers in universities and the top UK Conservatoires whilst others still enjoy amateur music making.
Now known as the Fenland Music Centre Association (FMCA), rehearsals take place at St Peter’s Church in March, meeting on Friday evenings in term time and offers adults the opportunity to play as well as young people – all ages and abilities are welcome. Family participation is welcomed with grandparents, parents and grandchildren getting unique opportunities to play music together.
All of our musical directors are DBS checked in accordance with our Safeguarding Policy.