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New Tricks

003New Tricks is soundLINCS’ Older Adults Music Service across Lincolnshire, supported by funding from Arts Council England and the Postcode Community Trust.

New Tricks is an exciting and inclusive programme, facilitated by soundLINCS to establish and sustain music-making groups across the county.

Having already run in over a dozen locations, join with us to create a dynamic and inspirational music service for older adults across Lincolnshire.

Sessions currently running are:


Acoustic Ensemble: South Holland Centre, Spalding, 10.30am – 12.30pm

All Abilities Singing Group: Louth Riverhead Theatre 10.00am – 12.00pm

Instrumental Sessions: Mablethorpe Library 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Rhythm and Blues: Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Indian and African Drumming: soundHOUSE, Lincoln 6.00pm – 8.00pm


Graffoe Hand Bell Ringers, Navenby Methodist Church Hall 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Lincoln Male Voice Choir, Trinity United Reformed Church Lincoln 7.35pm

Ukulele Group: The Wheatsheaf Pub, Bargate, Grimsby 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Ukulele Group: Sleaford Library, Sleaford, 10.00am – 12.00pm

All Abilities Singing Group, St Botolph’s Church, Boston – 7pm – 8.15pm


Instrumental Workshop: Nettleham Community Hub, Nettleham, 1.00pm – 3.00pm


Acoustic Ensemble: Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham 10.30am – 12.30pm

Instrumental Sessions:  Affordable Foods, Gainsborough 4.30pm – 6.30pm


Rhythm and Blues: Lincoln Library 10.00am – 12.00pm

Instrumental Workshop: Long Sutton Library 10.30am – 12.30pm (Starts 19th October, every other Friday)

All Abilities Singing Group, Woodhall Spa Methodist Church – 10am – 12pm

Rhythm and Blues, Blackfriars Arts Centre Boston – 2pm – 4pm

Saturdays (monthly)

Grantham and Nettleham Occasional Orchestras: 9.30am – 12.30pm (check here for upcoming dates)


Lincoln Beevor Brass Band: Sincil Bank Football Ground 11.00am – 12.00pm


Watch this space for many more…

New Tricks is the perfect programme for…

  • Active musicians or complete beginners.
  • Blowing the dust off something you haven’t played since school or if you’re keen to explore a new instrument.
  • Creating your own music or starting to learn your favourite songs.
  • Meeting with like-minded people who love music.

There are opportunities in a huge variety of musical styles, from choral and orchestral to folk and blues. All groups are free to try and will offer opportunities to share your skills with a wider audience, whether through live or digital performances.

New Tricks Stories

Some fantastic case studies and stories have already emerged from the project, from former professional musicians recapturing their love of their instrument to people stepping outside of their comfort zone and performing publicly and with others for the first time. To read just a few of these, visit our New Tricks Stories page here.

New Tricks at The Blue Room

Saturday 2nd June 2018 saw New Tricks groups ‘One Good Eye’, ‘Old School Killing Machine’, ‘Stringemy Jig’ and more perform at Lincoln’s very own ‘The Blue Room’ located at The Lawn.

The groups involved performed a variety of songs to a fantastically enthusiastic audience who could not get enough of their music. The likes of these groups originated from soundLINCS New Tricks project and it is a testament towards what can be achieved at these organised events. Read up for more information on how to get involved.

To view all the New Tricks at The Blue Room videos, click here.

Silver Sunday Celebration Event

Silver Sunday was a special sharing event held at The Terry O’Toole Theatre on Sunday 1st October 2017 to celebrate the United Nations’ Older People’s Day.

Over half a dozen New Tricks groups from across Lincolnshire came together to share their progress with an audience of family, friends and fellow musicians. Below is a playlist of just a few of the videos of the great performances that we saw on the day – watch this space for more coming soon!

For an album of photographs from the event, visit the Flickr album here.

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soundLINCS are also looking for organisations, gro17035736_1295206130587143_812956957_oups and venues to join us with New Tricks. Are you an Arts or Cultural Setting that wants to host more music-making opportunities to attract and grow your audience? Or are you a parish group that wants to start a ukulele group or choir? Whatever your circumstances we would love you to be a partner and host an amazing New Tricks activity.

New Tricks and soundLINCS are proud to be part of Arts Council England’s Age Friendly Standards, a national self-assessed accreditation for cultural organisations and a recognised and trusted symbol for older audiences and family groups including older people.

For more details about New Tricks contact soundLINCS on 01522 510073 or info@soundlincs.org. Check out our events page to find upcoming sessions.

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