Welcome to Core Music

We are a not-for-profit organisation on a mission to make music accessible to all in our community. It’s a place where people of all ages and abilities can learn to play or sing, and take part in sessions, clubs and workshops.

Core Music Hexham

What we do


We have a well-stocked shop in Hexham, full of instruments of every type at competitive prices, along with all the accessories and sheet music you might need

DVD Rental

We have a fantastic archive of over 3,500 DVDs available to rent, with new releases arriving regularly from the biggest blockbusters to indie hits.

Room Hire

Looking for a space to practice, record or hold a meeting? We have several rooms available to hire


Enhance your instrumental skills, learn new tunes and have loads of fun at one of our regular weekly clubs. We cater for a huge range of instruments, musical genres and skill levels!


From gigs to one-off workshops, there’s always something coming up soon at Core Music.

Instrument Lessons

There are hundreds of students improving their playing at Core Music every week – why not join them?

Upcoming Events

More Songs from Eastern Europe – vocal workshop with Mariae Smiarowska

Saturday 1 December, 3.30–6.30 pm

at Core Music


After Mariae’s successful workshop at St Aidan’s church in October, here’s another chance to learn some songs from Eastern Europe! Mariae is a Polish-American singer and actor who is highly experienced in voice work and in running workshops. This workshop will look at traditional polyphonic songs, primarily from Ukraine, as well as Serbia.

The workshop will cover breathing, a small introduction to “white voice” singing, which creates the unique sound of Eastern European traditional song. There will be a focus on blending and harmonising one’s voice with other voices, and a chance to improvise vocally.

Whether you’ve been singing your whole life or you’ve never dared to sing outside your shower, come try something new and exciting!

To book your place, email Mariae at eairam@yahoo.com – spaces are limited, so book ASAP
Cost: £12
Ages 16 and up
Please bring water to drink

Mariae Smiarowska is a Polish-American actress and singer. She trained with Ecoles Jacques Lecoq in Paris and with Song of the Goat Theatre in Wroclaw, Poland, where she led vocal courses and workshops over the last few years. Mariae collaborates with various artistic collectives, such as the Jubilo Foundation and IP Group in Wroclaw, as well as Théâtre Sans Frontières in England as an actor and singer.

New Year Mountain Dulcimer sessions for beginners


For the last couple of months, Steve Gray’s been running a twice-monthly session for beginners on the mountain dulcimer. Because it’s been so much fun (and because there were a few people who couldn’t make the current run of sessions), Steve’s going to be running another 6 sessions in the New Year.

The sessions will be 7.15–8.15 pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, starting on 9 January 2019.

If you’re not familiar with the mountain dulcimer, check out some videos on YouTube to experience the sweet sound and see how simple they are to play.

If you’d like to book a place on Steve’s New Year dulcimer sessions, drop him a line at info@mandolinking.org.uk. It’s just £30 for the 6 sessions, payable in advance; there are only 5 places available, so book soon!

Please note that Core Music can – of course! – get hold of some wonderful dulcimers for you to purchase. Just get in touch for details and prices, then treat yourself to a Christmas present!

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