More music facilities at the Portway Annexe

When The Portway Annexe community centre was opened by Wells City Council in May 2022 it included two music rooms that the Wells Rocks team had redecorated and equipped for rehearsals and teaching. This was the creation of the Wells Contemporary Music Centre, which has enabled the establishment of multiple music activities, including the establishment of the Portway Music and Performance Schools, regular jam sessions, clubs, groups, collaborative music composition and production projects and regular band rehearsals.

As a result of this success, demand for rehearsal spaces now exceeds capacity, particularly in the evenings and on Saturdays.  Several amateur music producers have also expressed an interest in having a larger room in which they can make and mix their music. Wells City Council is keen to meet these needs and the centre’s management is collaborating with Wells Rocks to equip another room.

Interior System Specialists (ISS) who are now based in the new Cathedral Park development, “The Sidings” have generously offered to help with the acoustic treatment of the room.

Brian Wallace, MD of ISS South West Ltd says “We would be delighted to work with the Portway Annexe and the Wells Rocks team to help set up this new facility for the community. We have been based in Wells for many years, but given the specialist nature of our work, we may not be known to many. This is a great way for us to use our specialist skills in sound-proofing and acoustic treatments to make a contribution in the city we are based in”.

The project will be implemented progressively over the coming months so as not to disrupt existing activities.  Most of the equipment needed is already available from prior donations. The Wells Rocks team are now busy filling the gaps. We want to make this a great place to make music and build an inclusive community of musicians, young and old, students and teachers, leaders and their followers, aspiring professionals or anyone who just wants to have fun with music.

The Contemporary Christmas Carol Concert© returns to the Portway Annexe

Get ready to jingle all the way at the Contemporary Christmas Carol Concert hosted by The Backstreet Stompers. Join them for a night of festive cheer on the 8th of December, with singalongs, solos and readings in a contemporary style that will be sure to have you singing and dancing in your seat. Doors will open at 6:00PM with the concert starting at 7:30PM. Tickets are £10 (plus booking fee) from: