Coronavirus (Covid 19)

Updated 17 September 2020


Lessons in Schools
Following the latest update to guidance from the Department for Education, we are very pleased to be able to return to the majority of schools to restart face-to-face lessons this term. We are working closely with individual schools to ensure that guidance from DfE can be followed, together with recommendations from Music Mark (the national association for music services) and local school arrangements. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you directly regarding lessons this term.


Online Lessons
Teaching online during the summer term has been very successful and we are continuing to offer online lessons for those pupils who cannot yet be taught in school and/or who may prefer to learn online. We are also putting plans in place to make sure that all tuition could be continued online in the event of a future lockdown or temporary school closures.


New Learners
In addition to recommencing lessons for all our existing pupils, we are keen to welcome new learners. New pupils can apply online or find out more about lessons with us here.

Music Centre
Following the success of our Virtual Music Centre we are continuing to offer creative ensemble activities online during Autumn 2020. It is not to late to register to take part for this term. You can find more information or apply online here.

We are also closely monitoring government guidance as we prepare for our return to face-to-face Music Centre activities at a range of venues across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. We are planning a series of trial rehearsals for different Music Centre groups, to take place later this term. We will be in touch with ensemble members directly with more information about these rehearsals. However, in the meantime we would encourage you to join our Virtual Music Centre. Whether playing online or together in person, it is so important to keep making music!

What other support is available?
We will continue to issue regular newsletters and to provide information on our websites and via our social media channels, please see links below.

​Keep making music!
At this challenging time we would encourage young musicians to keep making music wherever possible. Making music is a positive activity that can boost well-being. Please keep an eye on our social media channels where we will be posting hints and tips to help keep young musicians motivated and active. #KeepMakingMusic

Keeping in touch
Facebook: eastsussexmusic
Twitter: eastsussexmusic
Instagram: bhmusicandarts
East Sussex Music: or 01273 261540

Please note that our offices are currently closed and so it is best to contact us by email where possible.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
East Sussex Music (ESM) holds the health and safety of its staff and pupils attending our events, courses and classes with the highest importance. As such, we are closely monitoring the situation and guidance surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and any potential impact it may have on our practices.

​Following guidance from Public Health England and Department for Education, we will continue to update this page with any other relevant communications accordingly. For current Government advice please visit:

​We would encourage you to follow advice on Coronavirus from official sources only.