Friends of Newcastle Performing Arts Centre

This is an independent voluntary organisation that supports the music groups that run at the Seabridge Community Centre on Saturday mornings. This web page keeps you up to date with what is happening - dates, times, concerts, and so on.

These groups will meet at Seabridge Primary School (but parking in the Centre car park as before): Centre String Ensemble 9.30-12, Intermediate String Orchestra (conducted by Mr Edwards) 9.30-11.30. Training String Orchestra 9.30-11.30.

These groups meet at the Seabridge Centre like last year: Concert Band 9.30-12, Brass Band 9-10.30, Training Wind Band 9.30-11.30, Just Winds Ensemble 9.30-11.30 (all flute/clarinet&sax/junior brass members). Junior Brass 11am-12 midday. NPAC choir 11.30-12.30 (all NPAC members welcome and wanted). Theory 11.30-12.30.

Group Times Staff Member
Concert band 9.30-12.00 Mr Ron Buckley
Just Winds Ensemble 9.30-11.30 Mrs C Evans
Training Wind Band 9.30-11.30 Mr K Harrison
Centre String Ensemble 9.30-12.00 Ms Janet Perkin
Intermediate String Orchestra 9.30-11.30 Mr Steve Edwards
Junior Brass 11.00-12.00 Mr P Hughes
Brass Band 9.00-10.30 Mr Paul Hughes
Training String Orchestra 9.30-11.30 Mrs B Hughes/Ms Julia Harding
NPAC Choir 11.30-12.30

Remember that all groups meet at the same time this year - there are no longer A nd B weeks. These are the dates (meeting every other Saturday): Sept 21, Oct 5, 19, Nov 16, 30, Dec 7 (concert). Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, Mar 8, 22, April 5, May 10, June 7, 21, 28 (concert).

Rehearsal Dates Group
September 21st, 2013 All groups
October 5th, 2013 All groups
October 19th All groups
November 16th All groups
October 13th, 2012 All groups
October 20th, 2012 All groups
November 16th All groups
November 30th All groups
December 7th All groups, CONCERT
January 11th, 2014 All groups
January 25th All groups
February 8th All groups
March 8th All groups
March 22nd All groups
April 5th All groups
May 10th All groups
June 7th All groups
June 21st All groups
June 28th CONCERT

The musical activities are run by the Music and Performing Arts Service/Entrust. The lead staff member, Mr Paul Hughes, can be contacted at Music and Performing Arts Service, 56 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LY. Telephone Stafford (01785) 278278. Subscriptions are collected at the start of the Autumn Term, or when a child joins a group if this is part-way through the year.

There is an emergency contact number 07972 506 637, which is available between 8am-2pm on Saturday rehearsal days and on concert days from 8am until the concert finish. Parents can get through to Paul Hughes in the case of an emergency.

Click here for the latest concert information.

Click here for the latest regional orchestra information.

Click here for a map showing the Seabridge Centre.

See also Entrust website.

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The Friends are always in need of volunteers for help with refreshments on Saturday mornings, and for help at concerts. If you are able to help at all, please contact Simon Rayner (01782 628997).

This web page was last updated in August 2013. Comments to Simon Rayner.

You can also contact Music and Performing Arts Service.