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Banjo lessons in London

I love coming to class on Tuesdays - always look forward to it. Outstanding.

Victoria, South London

I really think I have achieved something. This is the first instrument I have learnt to play since the recorder at junior school. The lessons have been very enjoyable. 10/10.

Kate, South London

Tried to play the banjo?

What about the ukulele?

Dick also runs ukulele workshops. If you would like to sign up, please contact Dick now.

Group banjo classes and workshops

Dick Smith teaches 5-String Banjo classes in 3 finger picking/Bluegrass style for beginners and improvers. Classes are held in Borough/Clapham on Tuesdays and Walthamstow on Wednesdays. Please find the addresses below:


The Trinity, 202-206 Borough High St, Borough, London SE1 1JX

The Bread and Roses, 68 Clapham Manor St, Clapham, London SW4 6DZ


The Quaker Meeting House, 1a, Jewel Rd, Walthamstow, London E17 4QU

A professional musician with over 30 years experience, Dick has been teaching the banjo for 25 years.

Banjo class times and locations

There are group banjo classes for complete beginners, improvers and intermediate/advanced levels.

Please contact Dick to enquire as to what your ability may be, so that you can be placed into the appropriate group or held on a waiting list for the commencement of a new group.

Next term starts January 2020.

Day and time Venue Level Ref. Code
6:30 - 8:00pm
Trinity SE1/
Bread & Roses SW4
8:00 - 9:30pm
Trinity SE1/
Bread & Roses SW4
Intermediate/Advanced BS2
6:30 - 7:30pm
The Quaker Meeting House Brand new class
starts January 2020
8:30 - 9:30pm
The Quaker Meeting House Brand new class
starts January 2020

Banjo workshop prices

  • The classes run concurrently with the school term times wherever possible. A term's duration is usually around 12 to 15 weeks.
  • Full term fees are paid in advance before the term commences.
  • £15 per class for 60 minutes (Wednesdays)
  • £22.50 for 90 minutes (Tuesdays)

Looking for one-to-one banjo lessons?

Dick Smith also offers one-to-one banjo lessons in Walthamstow, Borough and Clapham, as well as Margate/Thanet.

Interested in joining a banjo class?

  • Absolute beginners and improver banjo classes in Walthamstow on Wednesday evenings
    New beginners term starts in January 2020. For the improvers, you should join these classes if you have a little or more experience playing the banjo.

  • Beginners, improvers and intermediate/advanced banjo classes in Borough/Clapham on Tuesday evenings
    Join the Improver banjo workshop if you have have a little experience, and the Intermediate if you have played for a few years.