Baby, toddler and pre-school music classes in Horsham and Dorking

Led by top-notch musicians

Baby, toddler and pre-school music classes, designed and delivered by musicians wanting to bring the very best to the very young. Our fun classes are bursting with live music.

Little Notes was born in Horsham in 2005 and the founder-directors now lead a huge variety of classes in Horsham and Dorking. Widely regarded as the go-to activity for local families, we run sessions for newborn babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and, in Horsham, we offer after-school recorder lessons and choirs for children and adults.
Discover the joy of sharing live musical experiences with your child!

All booking is dealt with using our online booking system, but do feel free to get in touch if you have further questions. You can find class times, prices and availability by selecting 'book now', or 'book' within the 'Upcoming classes' section below. If you'd like to learn more about what to expect from our classes and the age ranges we work with, do have a look around the rest of our website. If you have further questions do check out our FAQs on our About page.

If you'd like to give the gift of music for birthdays or Christmas, you can purchase a printable gift voucher valid for one year. Follow this purchase gift voucher link and scroll down to the booking section of the page.

Little Notes in Horsham and Dorking is operated as a Little Notes franchise, operating under the ownership of Little Notes Horsham Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales with company number 6742765.

The Team

Lou Bradbury: Woodwind and piano

Lou Bradbury, BMus (hons), LRAM, ARAM

Lou trained at the Royal Academy of Music, winning its Guinness Prize for Music in the Community and the Princess Alice Prize. The RAM has since honoured Lou’s contribution to music with an Associate Membership. Lou plays the flute, piano and ukulele, but her real passion is the recorder. Specialising in baroque and contemporary music, she has recorded several albums with Fontanella and Passacaglia. Live music highlights include performances at London’s Wigmore Hall, broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and concerts at festivals across Europe. Teaching recorder has brought an exciting dimension to Lou’s career, working with recorder players at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Junior Guildhall and Christ’s Hospital School. This, alongside her experience of raising a family, has given her the perfect blend of skills to set Little Notes’ babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers on an exciting musical journey. She loves helping them to discover the joy of music and grow to love it almost as much as she does.

Mark Bradbury: Opera Singer

Mark Bradbury, BMus (hons), LRAM

Mark lives in Horsham with Lou and their three spirited young daughters. Growing up in the Midlands, Mark’s musicality was clear. He learned to play the flute and guitar and discovered his love for singing. Mark began his musical training with the legendary baritone John Cameron in Manchester and a scholarship to study singing at The Royal Academy of Music followed. Theatre always played a big part in Mark’s life. As a performer, he always felt most at-home on the Operatic stage. Mark sang with Glyndebourne Opera for 10 years and learnt so much of his workshop leading skills in the awsome Glyndebourne Education Department. He has rediscovered the flute and guitar and brings his operatic experience to developing the vocal element of the Little Notes program. Parenting my three wonderful girls is perhaps the last notable ingredient that has inspired us to build Little Notes into an inclusive and welcoming artistic experience for all family members.

Upcoming classes

Venues

Christian Life Centre, Horsham

We are at the Christian Life Centre on Tuesdays and Fridays in Horsham

Address

Christian Life Centre 51 East Street, Horsham. RH12 1HR

Contact Venue

01403 242335 info@christianlifecentre.org christianlifecentre.org Get directions

Parking

We don’t have any on-site parking available. Most families tend to use Denne Road car park or Piries Place. We have good ramp access at CLC and there are two changing tables available, plus a small waiting room.

Facilities:

— Toilets — Baby changing facilities — Ramp access

Booking:

All booking is dealt with using our online booking system, but do feel free to get in touch if you have further questions. You can find class times, prices and availability by selecting ‘Book now’, or ‘Book’ within the ‘Upcoming classes’ section above. If you’d like to learn more about what to expect from our classes and the age ranges we work with, do have a look around the rest of our website. The price will be adjusted automatically when joining mid-term.

Salvation Army, Horsham

We are at the Salvation Army Hall on Wednesday mornings in Horsham.

Address

Salvation Army Hall, Booth Way, Horsham, RH13 5PZ

Venue website

salvationarmy.co.uk Get directions

Parking and access

There is ample free-parking available on-site via the Booth Way entrance. There is additional pedestrian access via Depot Road

Facilities:

— Easy buggy access — Toilets — Baby changing facilities

Booking:

All booking is dealt with using our online booking system, but do feel free to get in touch if you have further questions. You can find class times, prices and availability by selecting ‘Book now’, or ‘Book’ within the ‘Upcoming classes’ section above. If you’d like to learn more about what to expect from our classes and the age ranges we work with, do have a look around the rest of our website. The price will be adjusted automatically when joining mid-term.

St Paul's Church, Dorking

We are at the Salvation Army Hall on Wednesday mornings in Horsham.

Address

St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Road West, Dorking, Surrey RH4 2HT

Venue website

stpaulsdorking.org Get directions

Parking and access

St Paul’s Church is situated in a residential area, so if you are travelling to the church by car please think about the neighbours and consider parking in one of the town car parks and walking the last part of the journey.

Facilities:

— Welcome desk — Easy buggy access — Toilets — Baby changing facilities — Informal Cafe area sometimes with coffee and cake.

Booking:

All booking is dealt with using our online booking system, but do feel free to get in touch if you have further questions. You can find class times, prices and availability by selecting ‘Book now’, or ‘Book’ within the ‘Upcoming classes’ section above. If you’d like to learn more about what to expect from our classes and the age ranges we work with, do have a look around the rest of our website. The price will be adjusted automatically when joining mid-term.

'No Kids Allowed' Adult Choir, Horsham

‘No Kids Allowed’ Adult Community Choir, Tuesdays at 8pm.

After years of parents telling us they needed it, we have finally launched our adult choir aimed at parents and grandparents of Little Notes families, but open to anyone. The emphasis is very much upon the enjoyment of singing in a choir and on providing a great way to meet friends without your kids in tow. We always have a break within the evening to catch up with friends and share a complimentary glass of wine or a classy soft drink and we aim to be finished each week at 9:45pm.

The choir has a fantastic community spirit and is made up of a real mix of competent singers who read music and complete beginners who are singing in a choir for the first time with no musical background. We are an eclectic mix of different aged men and woman with one goal in mind: to enjoy singing together!

If you’d like to come and try it out, just drop us an email and pop along. You can see our term dates by beginning the booking process above.

Choir directors

The choir is directed by Mark Bradbury, a professional singer who studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Mark sang at Glyndebourne Opera for many years and has worked as a freelance singer in some of the world’s most respected professional choirs. Mark is also a director of Little Notes across the UK. Read more…

Ian Gardner is Mark’s regular right-hand man and is at the piano most weeks during rehearsals and performances. Ian studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a singer and jazz pianist and is an all round whizzy musician. Ian is head of music at The Weald secondary school in Billingshurst and continues to enjoy singing and playing professionally in all types of different music.

How to book

 

Choir takes place on Tuesdays at 8pm during school terms.

All booking is dealt with using our online booking system, but do feel free to get in touch if you have further questions. You can book a place by selecting ‘Book now’, or ‘Book’ within the ‘Upcoming classes’ section above. The price will be adjusted automatically when joining mid-term. Our venue is:

St Leonard’s Church

Cambridge Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5ED stleonardshorsham.org.uk Get directions

Parking and access

A small number of parking spaces are available on site, however street parking is available in the surrounding streets. Please look out for any parking restrictions.

Facilities:

— Toilets

— Complimentary wine or soft drinks every week!

Benefits of music education

There are so many reasons for families to connect each week with a real musician playing real instruments.

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“I could never be without my little notes class - it is the one permanent fixture in my week. I have even arranged my return to work days around my regular class! Every child's first experience of music should be Little Notes.”

Lynne

Horsham

“Amélie loves all of the things hiding in the bag. The tidying away and sharing songs are brilliant. She sings them herself now and it has really helped her to learn to tidy away and to be helpful generally.”

Cheryl

Dorking

“I have literally arrived feeling like the world is collapsing and gone home feeling like I could climb a mountain!! How does it do that? I want to bottle it that's for sure! Thanks Little Notes for all the fun times.”

Rachel

Horsham

“Your classes are so engaging and we regularly sing your songs. They are part of our day whether it’s tidying up, sharing, stopping or playing 5 little monkeys sitting in a tree!”

Sally

Dorking

“Your love and passion for sharing music shines in every session. It is in some ways hard to put into words what we love so much about Little Notes classes, but I think it is probably all summed up as "a bubble of musical love”

Lynfa- Sian

Horsham

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