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Coronavirus COVID-19

Core Music is now operating a limited "Shop Door" service

Please Note: If you’re planning on visiting Core please don’t forget your face mask.

From next week we are extending our Front Door Opening Service. Here are the new hours starting from Saturday.

Tuesday 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday 2pm to 5pm
Thursday 2pm to 5pm
Friday 2pm to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm

Looking forward to welcoming you back!”


Update from the Core Music Board of Directors, July 3rd 2020



We write to you this month with an abundance of hope as we begin to emerge from lockdown and build our reopening plans.


The last few months have certainly been strange, and we have missed our customers, volunteers and tutors.  However, we are hoping the reopening of the high street and the plans for schools reopening in September indicate that we can cautiously prepare for a return to the new normal.


As we mentioned last month, we have started to open on a Saturday morning, and last week, we even had a mini queue form – socially distant of course!  It was great to see.  If you want to come and look at options or are wondering if we have something in stock, do come along to the shop, we would love to see you!


Our opening test is going well and Saturdays will remain as they are for the foreseeable future.  Core will be open from 10am – 1pm on Saturdays with service from the front door.  You can continue to email in your queries and any orders you have to info@coremusic.co.uk and we will do our best to get what you need ready for your collection. 


From the 7 July, we will also be open on a Tuesday from 2pm, – 5pm as a trial to gauge the best time to be open for you.



In August, with all things being as they are now, we will look to reopen Tuesday to Friday, 2pm – 5pm and Saturday mornings 10am  – 12pm.  We will keep you updated via Facebook and Twitter, so keep a look out on social media or on our website too. www.coremusic.co.uk.


We are looking at all the Health and Safety requirements and processes that will be needed to make sure we have a safe environment as we look at how we welcome tutors and students back in September time.


If you are out and about in Hexham and it is safe for you to do so, do come and say hello.  If you are shielding and you need something delivered to you, please let us know and we will do our utmost to help you with what you need.


Finally, don’t forget that we also have a huge library of DVD’s available for hire.  We have recently added new titles including Little Women and 1917, which were some of the blockbusters prior to lockdown.  This grey weather this week is great for guilt free movie watching.



We will continue to keep you updated on our progress, and as the UK unlocks itself (and as you are no doubt aware), if the guidelines change or we find ourselves in a local lockdown, we will amend the reopening as required. In the meantime we wish you a safe and happy summer.



In the meantime, stay safe and keep well.



The Core Team


Keep up to date with the latest developments at Core Music. We’ll also try to keep everyone entertained through this period!

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?



Very good at engagement of the local population, encouraging a wide range of musical issues.

Welcoming people and making me feel better if I am feeling down.

Core Music is a joyful magical place that fosters a love of music in those who use its excellent facilities and a lovely community spirit that means everyone talks and connects.