Sutton Music Service, part of Cognus Limited, are carefully following the development of the Covid-19 / Coronavirus situation daily and are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our staff, pupils and the wider community.

Last updated: 27 March 2020

Latest update - 27 March 2020

In light of the on-going Coronavirus situation here’s an update on Sutton Music Service Activities. 

We have been developing alternative arrangements to make sure that our pupils can continue their musical development during this time of social distancing. We strongly believe that studying a musical instrument has many benefits, not least it supports the development of positive mental health.

Music Academy - Wednesday & Saturday

We are now running our Academy lessons online. If you would like to set up your regular lesson online please email

If you would like to start Academy lessons fill in this online form.  Prices are £16.60 per 25 minute lesson. 

School Peripatetic lessons

Our regular lessons have been suspended for the moment.  However, we are able to offer continuity of our peripatetic instrumental and vocal lessons via online lessons in the short term and as soon as schools re-open we will resume face-to-face lessons in school as usual.   If you would like to set up your regular lesson online for the start of the Summer Term then please email

We also have a wide range of online resources that pupils can use on our website.  Just click here to find out more.

If you do have any further questions please get in touch with us by emailing us at

 Thank you for your continued support and patience.

Gareth Gay

Gareth Gay

Head of Music Service

Previous update - 17 March 2020

Following the announcement from the Government and Public Health England yesterday and their guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults, we have made the following decisions regarding the Music Service’s activities.

Ensemble Rehearsals at St. Andrew’s Church

All rehearsals are suspended with immediate effect for the rest of this term.

Sutton Community Choir at Sutton Library

All rehearsals are suspended with immediate effect for the rest of this term.

Clore Ballroom Concert 19th March

This event has now been postponed by The Philharmonia and Royal Festival Hall.

Wednesday and Saturday Music Academy at Cheam Park Farm

This is a fluid situation but while schools are open and we have the staffing capacity to do so, we will continue to run one-to-one instrumental and vocal lessons.

Spring Concerts

Because we are unable to predict how far spread the outbreak will be by next week and which members of our staff may or may not be infected, with a heavy heart, we will be cancelling the Spring Concerts.

Young Musician of the Year 2020

This event has been cancelled; however, we are trying to find a way for the finalists to play their pieces and be judged next week under controlled conditions.

Peripatetic Lessons in Schools

Lessons will continue to be held unless the school closes to visitors or closes completely.

ABRSM & Trinity Exams

Both exam boards have confirmed that the spring instrumental and vocal exams have been cancelled.

Youth Art Gallery Performance at Civic Centre

Postponed by the organisers.

Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET)

Lessons will continue in schools and will do so for as long as the school is open. We are, however, pausing shared Brass/ Woodwind instrument programmes and replacing them with whole class singing, body percussion and general musicianship

Instrument Hire

We are asking parents not to return any instruments to us at this time.

KS1 Big Sing (vocal workshops & concerts)

This will be rescheduled to late June or early July.

If you have any queries or questions please could you email us at and we will respond as soon as we are able.

We will be issuing further updates should the situation change.

Finally, we know how much music means to the young people that we work with and their families. We are making these tough decisions based on the information that we have been given by Public Health England and the UK Government. We sincerely wish you and your families the very best over the next few weeks, and we hope that things return to normal as
soon as possible.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience.

Gareth Gay

Gareth Gay

Head of Music Service

Resources and advice

As always, follow this simple advice:

  • Wash hands for about 20 seconds with soap and hot water or use a sanitiser gel
  • Use a tissue for coughs and sneezes (then throw the tissue away and wash your hands)
  • If you do not have a tissue sneeze into your elbow and use your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell