About Core Music

Core Music was set up in 2008 as a Community Interest Company (CIC) with a mission to make music accessible to all across the community of Hexham and the Tyne Valley. 

Through the hard work of Mike Coleman, whose vision it was in 2008 to make music more accessible to the community, Core Music was initiated and today provides facilities to more than 200 people a week to come and learn a musical instrument, play music together, sing as part of a choir and generally celebrate music in all its forms and genres. Whether it is to learn and study towards grade exams or just to play for fun, Core Music offers a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment where people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy music. 


Since it opened its doors, Core Music has introduced thousands of people to music in its various forms, some of whom have gone on to pursue exciting careers in the music industry.  Core has been at the heart of the community running special events, supporting local festivals, hosting small concerts and running regular weekly clubs and workshops. In excess of 15 freelance experts provide tuition for drums, piano, guitar, bass guitar, violin, saxophone, clarinet, flute and singing. There are 7 rooms which are used for lessons and which can be hired out for practice as well as for meetings and group activities.  


Core Music also has a shop which stocks a comprehensive range of musical instruments and accessories including music books and CDs .   It offers a repair service for musical instruments and is the go-to place for information on any musical events happening in the area. Its founder, Mike Coleman, was named as one of five ‘Unsung Heroes’ as part of the BBC’s  2016 Music Day, recognising the contribution he and Core Music have made to music in Hexham and the region. The business is supported by a small number of staff and a loyal bunch of volunteers upon whom they depend.  


Core’s vision going forward is to sustain as well as to expand its musical provision in the community.  The benefits of music to both young and old, in terms of improving health and wellbeing, has been well documented and it is Core’s aim to continue to promote its services and make music accessible to even more.  

As a CIC, our shop and trading activities help to fund the business but we also rely on grants and loans from funding bodies as well as donations from individuals. We have a ‘Friends of Core Music’ scheme for supporters who would like to become regular supporters of Core Music.  

Core Music is a Community Interest Company – a not-for-profit social enterprise – founded in 2008, with a mission to make music accessible to all within the community of Hexham and Tynedale and beyond.