March 2020 update – We are now running all weekly Live In The Lodge classes, rehearsals and lessons online through email, Skype, Zoom, Soundcloud, YouTube videos and even CDs in the post! All current participants will receive weekly emails with private links to lessons. If you are part of the Falcon Lodge community and would like to take part in the community choir rehearsals, or learn the ukulele, guitar, drums or keyboard, then please still get in touch – email hello@liveinthelodge.co.uk, leave a message on 0121 794 0552 or message via Facebook. We can also help with instrument loan and equipment to access lessons online.

If you are self-isolating and need support with food/shopping, medication or just a chat, do get in touch and we can help.


Welcome!  Live In The Lodge is a community-led intergenerational music programme in Falcon Lodge, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, running and growing since autumn 2016.

At its heart, Live In The Lodge brings the local community opportunities to take part in free weekly music and instrumental lessons, classes and workshops – open to all ages and abilities, with free instrument loan – on guitar, ukulele, drums, piano/keyboard, spoken word, improvisation and a community choir.  In 2019-20, we’ll have 9 teachers giving over 1200 hours of music classes over the year, with participants playing and learning together hailing from each of the last nine decades.  Alongside our weekly sessions, there are regular participant performances, both in Falcon Lodge and across Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham, and visiting professional guest artists joining us for concerts and gigs in the community.  Take a look at our photo galleries to get a feel for everything we do, and check out What’s On!

From winter 2019, the Live In The Lodge programme will be growing to include extra weekly days of instrumental lessons and rehearsals to meet growing demand; a series of workshops and performances in the six local schools/colleges for primary and secondary pupils, and students with learning difficulties and special needs; a children’s choir drawn from across the two local primary schools, joining with our existing community choir throughout the year; co-designed workshops in music production for young people; regular specialist participatory performances for families, parents and young children; pop-up music sessions across the school holidays; music for young carers; and bi-monthly professional guest performances in Falcon Lodge from a whole range of genres, chosen by the community.

Live In The Lodge is produced by Mubu Music Projects CIC.

We are extremely grateful for the generous funding and support for 2019-20 from:

Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust
Arts Council England

Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council
The National Lottery Community Fund
The Radcliffe Trust
CAF Tourle Fund 
Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund

William A Cadbury Charitable Trust

From autumn 2016 through to July 2019, LITL was co-produced alongside Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham. The programme has been very generously funded to date by the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, and Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, to whom we give enormous thanks!  Year One was also funded by Connecting Communities Through Culture (Birmingham City Council, Arts Council England and DCLG).



Come and have a go!

Do you live, work or go to school or church in and around Falcon Lodge?  If you (or your children) would like to come and try any of our friendly weekly sessions, or join in with the community choir, drop us an emailhello@liveinthelodge.co.uk – or say hello on our Facebook page.  If it’s easier to call, leave a message at our office on 0121 794 0552 and we’ll get back to you soon!  We are also at Falcon Lodge Community Centre several times each week during term-time (from mid September) if you would like to come and say hello and see what we’re up to!

Priority for all instrumental sessions is given to everyone who lives, works or goes to school/church in Falcon Lodge and the immediate vicinity.


Email Updates …

We send emails to everyone each week with updates on the weekly times, groups, upcoming events, news and photos!  If you don’t need to receive practise times every week and just want to come to some performances or keep up to date with LITL news, we send a monthly update too!  Just pop your details below and tick which emails you’d like to receive, then check your email inbox to confirm


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