Fortismere Music Centre was founded in 2009 to provide high-quality instrumental lessons and ensembles to the local community. Our music school, community choir and symphony orchestra are bound together by a belief that community music-making should be bold and ambitious, tackling the most exciting themes and composers, with a flair for the theatrical and a sense of fun. Above all else, we invite everyone to join in. We believe that it is in such an experience of joining in, either as an instrumental student or a singer, as an orchestral player or an audience member, that the truest sense of our community flourishes.

Term Dates

Saturdays (Choir & Instrumental Lessons)

Winter 2019 Term Dates

14 September 2019 - 23 November 2019 (inclusive)

Half term: 19 October 2019

Missed lessons catch-up week: 30 November 2019

Spring 2020 Term Dates

11 January 2020 - 21 March 2020

Half term: 15 February 2020

Missed lessons catch-up week: 28 March 2020

Summer 2020 Term Dates

25 April 2020 - 4 July 2020

Half term: 30 May 2020

Missed lessons catch-up week: 11 July 2020

 Tuesdays (Orchestra)

Winter 2019 Term Dates

First Rehearsal: 10 September 2019

Half term: 22 October 2019

Concert: 23 November 2019

Spring 2020 Term Dates

First Rehearsal: 14 January 2020

Half term: 11 February 2020

Concert: 28 March 2020

Summer 2020 Term Dates

First Rehearsal: 21 April 2020

Half term: TBC

Concert: 4 July 2020

Meet the Team


Joseph Winters

Centre Manager

Joseph was a student at Fortismere from 2006-2013. It was playing in string groups and orchestras here that he fell in love with the violin, as well as discovering the joy of singing in choirs. He took a choral scholarship to study English at the University of Cambridge where he was President of the Peterhouse Music Society while also getting involved in student theatre and comedy. As well as working at Fortismere, in the week he is Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre in Islington, and works frequently as a freelance theatre director. He has been Manager of Fortismere Music Centre since 2017.


Marvin L. Perrott

Community Choir Musical Director

Marvin studied Early Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has extensive experience both as a singer and conductor. Equally at home in the concert hall Marvin has performed as a soloist in the Messiah, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers and Bach’s H-moll Messe at the Aldeburgh Music Festival. In 2004 Marvin formed the Clemens non Papa Consort, a group whose aim is to perform lesser known works of the Baroque, Renaissance and Classical periods to a high artistic standard. Marvin has been Musical Director of the Community Choir since 2015.


Thomas Gregory

Community Symphony Orchestra Musical Director

Thomas Gregory studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in his hometown London. From then he received a fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Michigan, completing both a Masters and Specialist degree in cello performance studying with the eminent Danish Cellist Erling Bløndal Bengtsson. Thomas performs regularly as soloist with an extensive knowledge of the solo repertoire.  As a member of the Marmara Piano Trio, he performs regular concerts throughout the year. Thomas has been Musical Director of the Community Symphony Orchestra since 2009.