Semitones is a group of volunteer musicians who give free concerts in care homes, hospices and sheltered accommodation centres around Newcastle.

We share the joy of playing music together and we like to contribute to the community by giving concerts. Our group consists of singers, and players (12+) of mostly classical instruments such as violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone and piano or keyboard. If you play an instrument on at grade 3 level or higher and you are interested in playing with Semitones, please contact us.

There is a short interview with us in the Making Music magazine, which you can read here.

Our Concerts:

We play on Saturday or Sunday afternoons in the care homes and centres.

Our programmes contain classical and popular music, folk tunes and songs to which the audience sing along. We go to great lengths in ensuring the audience enjoys the music we play and that the repertoire of music in the programme is suitable. The concerts last approximately one hour. Usually there are between ten and fifteen musicians, depending on their availability.

As a voluntary group we welcome a donation to assist in covering our expenses incurred in the purchase of sheet music and other materials essential to offering high quality musical entertainment.

To find out more details about how to arrange a concert, please email the Semitones’ Secretary at:

[email protected]  

Here are some extracts from our BBC radio performance on 4th December 


To learn more about Semitones follow these links to find out more information and news about us: