Music School

Tunbridge Wells


9th November 2020

For people coming to Brittens Music for their Practical Exam this November, please follow these links to the ABRSM site and read the guidance for Candidates and Accompanists.
For a general update on your Exam/Covid-19 and what to expect, follow this link:- ABRSM Exams and Covid

6th November,  2020

ABRSM Practical Exams - Covid-19 Guidelines

Our Music School (situated above the shop) will be open for ABRSM Exams - Starting next Friday, 13th November. The Brittens Music shop downstairs, however, will be closed (although we are operating a Click & Collect service).
Candidates are asked to enter the one way system to the Music School via the Door to the LEFT of the shop front entrance (beneath the RUSSELL HOUSE sign). The door will be open, please do not ring the bell. We will be operating a 2m social distancing rule but please give people space in the stairway, or preferably queue outside if you are early. Everyone entering the exam centre will be required to sanitise their hands and wear masks. (except children under 11)
One parent/guardian/teacher may accompany a child to the warm up room, but will have to leave the premises whilst the exam takes place. We will have 3 warm up rooms in operation - but no waiting area. Our largest warm up room will be reserved for wind, brass and singing candidates - it contains a piano. Windows will be open in all three warm up rooms.
There will be a Perspex screen in the exam room. There will be two pianos in the Exam Room (one digital for the Examiner to use for Aural Tests). Accompanists will be required to wear a mask in the exam room but candidates can remove their mask for the duration of the exam only.
Pianos, door handles, seat handles and music stands will be cleaned between each use - but please refrain from touching anything unnecessarily.
Parent/guardians can return through the one way system to collect their child, but preferably, if they could wait at the exit (which faces the lane to the station car park) for the child to be escorted out.
Windows will be open where possible, and masks should be worn (although not during the exam).
We have over 300 candidates presented for exams, and have to follow strict guidelines to ensure everyone's safety. We will have the ABRSM HLR and a Steward on duty to ensure the smooth running of the exam programme so please do not be alarmed.
Please only bring with you the items needed to complete your exam - which should include: Instruments, Music books, Syllabuses and Access Materials only. (plus a warm jumper!)
If you have any special needs or concerns regarding your exam, please contact Fiona Rogers who is the ABRSM Honary Local Representative.
Best of luck to everyone taking their music exam this session !


2nd November,  2020

ABRSM Practical Exams - ARE ON

We are really pleased to confirm to all students, teachers and accompanists - that the practical exams booked for November through December at Brittens Music will still be going ahead.  The activity is classed as educational, and can therefore continue, as long as the guidelines are met.  We have conducted a risk assessment, cleaned, tidied, redesigned the flow of candidates, and installed safety measures and sanitising stations around the school.  The shop, downstairs will be closed during the exams, so candidates are asked to enter by the front doors to the left of the shop, under the sign "Russel House", and then exit at the side of the building along the road that takes you to the railway carpark.

There will be several warm up rooms, however there will not be a waiting area as has normally been our practice.  We ask that everyone brings a mask, and follow the guidelines that we are following when they arrive.  We will post more later this week


14th September, 2020

ABRSM Practical Face to Face Exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be running an ABRSM Exam Centre this Autumn.  Online booking with ABRSM commences on the 28th of September through to the 12th October, 2020.  


8th September, 2020

Online Music Lessons - Autumn Term

Our Autumn Term has started.  We are still only running our lessons on an online basis.  However, we hope to resume face to face lessons in January, 2021.  If you would like to start up lessons, email us at and we can get you started.


12th June, 2020

We are looking at running a Grade 5 Theory Course during the summer holidays.  Depending on take up, we will run a small face to face group at our store in Tunbridge Wells (perhaps 5 students) - but can also explore offering pre-recorded videos with course work and online live lessons for a larger group. 

If you are considering taking Grade 5 in November 2020, then please email us with your interest.  We can then arrange the course accordingly. 


21st March, 2020:

Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) our face to face music lessons have been temporarily ceased however our teachers are all conducting online lessons until further notice. Please email if you are interested in lessons.


Brittens Music runs a Music School, situated upstairs, above our Tunbridge Wells Music Shop near Tunbridge Wells train station.  We offer lessons of varying lengths, provided by a team of experienced musical professionals. Our lessons are bespoke for Children AND adults and are currently being conducted online.

We currently offer:

We run lessons during the afternoons and evenings, weekdays and Saturdays.  Lessons are available through school term times, with the occasional summer school or half term class.  Our music teachers are all DBS checked.  Fees are due at the beginning of the term. Brittens is also an examination centre for ABRSM, London College of Music and Trinity College London.



Autumn Term: 2020
Monday 7 September – Sunday 20 December (14 weeks) Half term: Monday 26 October – Sunday 1 November

(Notice date for withdrawing from lessons: 20 November)


Spring Term: 2021
Monday 4 January – Sunday 28 March2020 (11 weeks) Half term: Monday 15 February – Sunday 21 February

(Notice date for withdrawing from lessons: 28 February)


Summer Term: 2021
Monday 19 April – Sunday 25 July 2020 (13 weeks) Half term: Monday 31 May – Sunday 6 June

(Notice date for withdrawing from lessons: 25 June)



For more details, please contact the Music School on

01892 526659 or email


Colourstrings - Music Kindergarten

The Tunbridge Wells branch of Brittens offers a selection of Coloustrings Music School classes. These Colourstrings classes are specially designed for babies, toddlers and children. 

To learn more or to book please visit our Colourstrings page

“Colourstrings is an exceptional method in the training of young musicians and I have yet to experience a more successful approach to developing musicianship, aural awareness and solid musical principles in the very young.”  Professor Derek Aviss, Trinity College of Music

For colourstrings lesson bookings at the Tunbridge Wells music school,

please EMAIL