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

Both our shop and music rooms are now open for business and Core is beginning to buzz again. Our opening hours are:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday to Thursday: 2pm-8pm

Friday: 12pm-6pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: Closed

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 on-line 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