Please note the coronavirus pandemic means that ABRSM music exams are cancelled at Core Music from Tuesday 17 March and across the country from Wednesday 18 March.

Coronavirus COVID-19

Core Music update 18 March 2020

Core Music is now CLOSED to the public until further notice.

This closure applies to every aspect of our operations including the shop, tuition, groups and workshops. We’ll update on specific events individually.


We firmly believe this is the right thing to do in the face of this public health emergency. We can’t quite believe it’s come to this so quickly, but with a rapidly dwindling pool of available people to keep the doors open and the lights on – and a rapidly dwindling pool of people willing and able to come and teach or be taught! – we have no sensible option other than to close our doors for the time being.


Of course, we’re working with the freelance tutors to help them find solutions to keep things ticking over. Tutors will contact their students directly about their own contingency plans, if they haven’t done so already.


We’ll try to keep everyone up to date on things as they develop. In the meantime, stay safe, keep practising and we’ll see you all on the other side.

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

Big summer events programme in the works!

We’ve got some fantastic events coming up over the summer, so keep an eye out here or sign up for our email newsletter to find out what’s happening.

Instrument Amnesty
Instrument Repairs

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