Ladywood Community School of

Founded by Andy Hamilton MBE

 Can You Help

Sadly the Music School has been unable to re-open since the pandemic. If you have the ability or where-with-all to secure fundind and get the school running again please get in touch on 07905 559 167 or .

The Ladywood Community School of Music was surviving on a shoestring, the grace of Birmingham City Council and the enduring good will and dedication of our two remaining tutors, Paul and Curtis. They ran classes in Guitar and Saxophone between 6 and 7 pm on Thursdays at the Community Centre in St Vincent Street. However, without any funding and a lack of volulntary support we have been forced to close our doors. A shame because this ‘Andy Hamilton legacy’ project was bringing much needed affordable music tuition right into the heart of Ladywood.

Xhosa Cole

Our mission is “to bring affordable, quality musical tuition to the heart of Ladywood. We cater for children and adults of all ages and abilities”. In the past we have offered classes in Piano, Drums, Violin and Trumpet and showcased our students and tutors in events at the Community Centre, Birmingham Artsfest, the Botanical Gardens and elsewhere.

As a project we are a place where people often come to pick up an instrument for the first time and, as such, we don’t attract the attention that more high powered projects do. However, students who started with us have gone on to play in their own bands, The Notebenders and even MYJO. Most recently Xhosa Cole, who first picked up a saxophone at our Music School a decade or more ago, won the prestigious BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year.

Xhosa Cole

We make a difference!

If you think you can help or would like to try, please get in touch by phoning Richard on 07905 559 167 or emailing The video is of an Artsfest event we put on back in 2008, and feature Students, Teachers and people who just came along on the day and picked up an instrument.
As a school we’d like to get back to where we were then.

There's plenty more about us in the old website which I’ve archived, though you may find it doesn’t all work as much of the old HTML 3 & 4 code is deprecated.

Click here to view the old site.