Core Music is a not-for-profit social enterprise. If you would like to help fund what we do please


Opening Times

Monday - 2pm - 8pm

Tuesday - 2pm - 8pm

Wednesday - 2pm - 8pm

Thursday - 2pm - 8pm

Friday - 12pm - 6pm

Saturday - 9am - 5pm

Sunday - Closed


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Help us

We have launched our ACCESS ALL AREAS appeal to raise £7,500 for the second phase of our project to make Core Music accessible to all. 

Phase 1 is complete.  We’ve opened up the shop with significant changes that make it look fantastic and much more accessible. 


But now we want to start Phase 2 - refreshing our music tuition rooms, studio and rehearsal spaces – redecorating and recarpeting the remaining rooms, improving our seating and bringing to life our honesty café for visitors to relax in. 

You can help by donating funds towards our £7,500 fund; or by donating time to do some of the redecoration. 

See our crowd funding page at 

or talk to Mike or any of the team at Core Music. 


Covid-19 cases are still high and still rising in our region. Because of this, we'll carry on wearing face coverings and keeping our distance at Core Music from 19 July and we'd love it if you'd do the same when you visit us. We're going to keep doors and windows open as much as we can and we've got extractor fans in our teaching rooms to keep them well ventilated. We feel that masks and ventilation are the best measures we have to protect everyone from Covid-19 and we appreciate your support with this.
We look forward to eventually welcoming all our groups back to Core Music when we feel it's as safe as possible to do so. We're working on plans for how we might be able to make this happen and want you all to know that we haven't forgotten you! Please bear with us as we move through this next phase.


Jodi Walsham was a young, talented local musician and creative that sadly took her own life in January 2021. Just before she died, Jodie wrote the lyrics, music and provided all vocals for 'Love and Scars' - a powerful song that we wanted to share to support her family and the community. 

Jodi graduated from The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in 2018, with a BA in 'Community Drama and Applied Theatre'. She was passionate about music and drama and both were a huge part of Jodi’s life. Music especially helped her express her feelings and manage her anxiety and we know she would have wanted us to help others to do the same, as well as raising awareness of mental health. Given Jodi’s interests, it's been hard to choose just one charity so her family have decided to support three great causes, which are representative of Jodi and her life.

Please, if you can, head over to the JustGiving campaign linked below that has been set up in her memory to raise awareness and help prevent suicide, especially in young people.

Reopening, behind the scenes during lockdown and the wonderful SMILE Music Video

Mike Coleman, Manager of Core Music, and Paul Susans, creator of the SMILE project, chat about Core Music's reopening plans and what's been happening during lockdown.

Paul introduces the wonderful SMILE music video.

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The SMILE project was created by the Hexjam Band & Core Music. It also features George Hutton's Amazing Drum Students, music staff and students of St. Joseph's R.C. Middle School, Hexham and special guests the Baghdaddies. The SMILE project was filmed and recorded by participants during the 3rd UK lockdown (Dec - March 2020/21) and focuses on the themes of, smiling through adversity, supporting Arts and Culture and and promoting positive mental health via participation in music. The SMILE project was created in partnership with Core Music and the Northumberland Cultural Fund.

Read our new blog

Core tutor, Fran Knowles, tells us about her lockdown journey

What we do

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.


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


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


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


Our in-house expert Dave Kirby provides a repair service for a range of instruments

Opening Hours

Shop and tuition rooms

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 2pm to 8pm

Wednesday: 2pm to 8pm

Thursday: 2pm to 8pm

Friday: 12 to 6pm

Saturday: 9am to 5pm

Sunday: Closed

In addition, we can deliver locally or post items ordered from our online shop and can also arrange video shopping. Please contact us on or by phone on

01434 601993/07759343313 to arrange an appointment

Our online shop

We have a wide range of instruments, musical accessories, gifts and books and have access to thousands more products through our extensive range of suppliers.

Can't see what you want?

During the current crisis several suppliers have set up "drop-ship" arrangements with us you can order directly from them, they arrange delivery straight to your door on our behalf and send us our normal share of the profits.

  Please see here for more details and links to the suppliers offering this service.

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What people say

"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."