The Merlins were formed in late 2009 to accomodate a sudden increase of beginner members who were unable to gain the instruction and tuition at The Spitfires due to a busy events schedule.

Meeting on alternate Fridays from 18:45 - 20:00, The Merlins focus on learning the basics - reading music, theory learning, instrumental technique and playing as an ensemble, giving them a step up into The Spitfires. As the majority of The Merlins are young members, their work is often split up with musical related games and fun activities.

Members of The Merlins are heavily encouraged to attend Spitfires rehearsals and attend all events with both ensembles.