Participation and Outreach

Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners are on a mission to increase the uptake and quality of processional and street music in community settings across the UK.

Our core team of experienced workshop facilitators can offer a range of bespoke training and participation opportunities.

We want to share our extensive experience in outdoor performance, inspiring workshop participants to take their music to the streets.

We also know all about instrument tuition and repair, managing bands, arranging music, getting musicians and audiences dancing, adapting material for outdoor contexts and costuming.  

We are all DBS checked and several members of our team hold PGCE qualifications, M.Ed. and advanced training for teaching pupils with autism and SEN.

If you or your community band is interested in learning more about playing music outdoors, please get in touch. 

Previous training packages have included:

  • Two-day intensive residential for with established bands
  • One-day CPD training course for experienced bandleaders and musicians
  • HEI professional preparation workshops
  • Key Stage 3-4 participation workshops and collaborative performances
  • Key Stage 1-4 and SEN school assemblies and workshops

We are also happy to make presentations and host conversations around getting new bands up and running. 

Durham BRASS Festival Outreach programme.


  • Explore how the band work as a team to create exciting performance material for a variety of contexts including parades, strolling street theatre and staged performances. The workshop covers moving and playing as a group, increasing overall performance ability, communicating effectively with your team inside and outside performance, managing and marketing a band, and learning some great new tunes. Our facilitators are also happy to share with participants their wealth of knowledge in instrument tuition and repair, costuming and project development.

    Debbie Austin, Blast Furness – two-day intensive residential for established bands

    “‘Inspirational’, ‘exciting’, ‘compassionate’, ‘caring’ and ‘fantastic’ are just a few words that come to mind when reflecting on our band workshop, facilitated by Sonya and Will. It was extraordinary how much we covered in that time. Sonya and Will came with a sensitive and flexible plan that was designed to address many of the challenges that street bands face. We were also given new music to add to our repertoire, and spur-of-the-moment masterclasses in sax technique and learning music.

    “Both Sonya and Will created a safe place in which to stretch us individually and as a group. Both were so skilled at seamlessly and immediately adjusting to individual comfort levels, two brilliant facilitators for our weekend. This may turn out to be another pivotal moment in our band’s history!”



  • A one-day, whistle-stop tour to transform your music and performance into outdoor contexts including static street gigs and parades. The workshop covers moving and playing as a group, increasing performance ability and material, communicating effectively with your team inside and outside performances and learning some great new tunes. Our facilitators also have a wealth of knowledge in managing and marketing bands, instrument tuition and repair, costuming bands and project development, all of which they are happy to share with participants throughout the day.

    Charles Huckvale, Hull Carnival Artsone-day CPD training course for experienced bandleaders and musicians

    “Just wanted to say another big thank you for an inspirational and brilliant workshop… everybody has been buzzing about it, and I am sure it will have a lasting legacy. Over half a dozen of the participants are forming a pop-up band for the Lord Mayor’s Parade next weekend, so instant success!”


  • A one-hour lecture and Q&A about the UK Outdoor Arts Sector, established networks and professional opportunities for musicians and performers. This can be followed by a 1.5-hour practical workshop introducing students to devising techniques and practical stepping-stones to develop spark ideas into successful outdoor arts or music projects.

    Nathan Carter-Dale, BA Theatre Arts (Acting) Hons Undergraduate student, Manchester School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University HEI professional preparation workshop

    “…I’ve loved the thought of creating my own work and devising. You’ve really inspired me to pursue an idea that has been passively running through my mind – so thank you!”


  • A one-day, introductory workshop to performing music and movement outdoors. This includes movement for street and processional contexts, sectional rehearsals in smaller groups and working together as a whole band. The day culminates in a collaborative, flash-mob performance with Mr. Wilsons Second Liners for the whole school to enjoy.

    Asheville School, Harrogate- one-day, introductory workshop.

    “…It has helped enrich the lives of our scholars and will no doubt encourage them to follow their passions.  Mr Wilson’s Second Liners were a superb…They made a lasting impression.”  

    Suzanne Peers Head of Music, Specialist leader in Cultural Learning at Calder High School

    Working with Will & Mr Wilsons Second Liners has been a fabulous experience for our students. From a fairly traditional brass band background they had never had the opportunity before to be part of an immersive street performance. Playing from memory without music, whilst moving around is quite opposite to anything they have performed previously but Will& the boys were so supportive the kids took it all in their stride.” 


  • This 40-minute participatory assembly introduces students to the music of Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners, their individual instruments, rhythm and singing. For students with SEN, the facilitators sensitively respond to their interests and needs to create a bespoke intimate, stimulating and sensory experience, which is enjoyable for both students and staff.

    Kate James, Festivals and Events Manager, Durham BRASS Festival

    Outreach and education work is the backbone to Durham BRASS Festival, with over 17,600 school children experiencing performances and workshops over one week in 2016.  Mr Wilson’s Second Liners facilitated a number of sessions for us, tailoring content to the musical ability and age of the participants, ensuring everyone could join in and enjoy the activity on some level.  Their capacity to enthuse and inspire the children in a short space of time, some from quite difficult backgrounds with various learning and behavioural needs, was a real asset to the festival and we are looking forward to working with them again.

    Alex Moscrop-Brown, Bluebell Meadow Primary School, Durham.

    The hall was bouncing! The whole school laughing, singing, clapping and finding their groove with the infectious energy of Mr Wilson’s Second Liners. A real taste of New Orleans- the children (and staff) were buzzing all day.”



We are currently developing classroom resources to benefit teachers that want to continue the learning after our visit. In the mean time, you can download free charts for your band here, specially arranged for you by Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners.  Happy playing!