Play Dub Now

Play DUB Now is a partnership between Jazz Warriors International, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Creative Leadership Programme and Newham Music Academy. The project will bring together young musicians from one secondary and four feeder primary schools to play & sing together in Dub ensembles. The project will be ignited by performances of The Jazz Warriors International and developed by them in partnership with music service and school teachers, supported by Guildhall young music leaders. The project combines formal composition with improvisation skills. Young musicians will perform at Stratford Circus alongside Jazz Warriors International, and at the Copperbox Arena Schools’ Festival. Young musicians’ families will be involved, and there will be a strong CPD element for teachers.

Music Untamed

Music Untamed is a partnership between Croydon Music & Arts, the Grand Union Orchestra and the Fairfield Halls. It is a music project that aims to celebrate and develop participants’ understanding of the cultural diversity that exists within Croydon’s communities. This will be delivered through a series of world music workshops and demonstrations that will explore musical traditions from around the world, as well as introduce new ways of learning and playing. The project will culminate in a showcase performance at Fairfield Halls.

Ecco London

The project, a partnership between Barnet Education Arts Trust, the Lyric Hammersmith and Musiko Musika is to establish a London-wide ECCO (Ethnic Contemporary Classical Orchestra), enabling 40 of the most talented and committed young players from the local ECCOs to rehearse and perform together on a regular basis. The ECCO London will be based in The Lyric Hammersmith’s new extension, which will provide a suite of music rehearsal facilities, and benefit from the expertise of Musiko Musika’s World Music Academy team of tutors, also to be based at The Lyric. Barnet Education Arts Trust will facilitate the link between the project and the various borough music hubs whose players will be involved.

Classical Meets Jazz

Classical meets Jazz ‘It’s all Music’ – Inspired by the work of Wynton Marsalis, this partnership between Hackney Music Service, Serious, Kuumba Youth Music and the London Symphony Orchestra will explore practical approaches to participation in classical and jazz music by children and young people from under-represented culturally/ethnically diverse backgrounds (including white working class children). Role models will include musicians from authentic backgrounds who cross the classical/jazz genres. The project will be delivered through a series of workshops during weekends, evenings and holiday periods, culminating in a performance in the Hackney Music Festival Partnerships Day in July 2016. The project will also act as a progression route for participants in the other LSO and Hackney projects, working across primary and secondary schools to assist with transition, leading to a final performance at Stoke Newington Town Hall in March 2016.

Strings For Royal Greenwich

This project, between Royal Greenwich Music Hub, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and Stretto Strings, will focus on expanding the scope of progression activities for string players at KS2 and 3 by providing access to an exciting and comprehensive string project. The project is designed to fill an identified gap in provision and plug the current gap between First Access and entry to the borough String Orchestra. It draw on the expertise and placement of both local and regional partners to create a fun, inspiring and unique combination of interactive activities and high profile events that will help establish and promote the borough String Orchestra and embed an affordable string progression pathway.

WW1 Internees Project

Working with Haringey Music Service, the BBC Concert Orchestra and Alexandra Palace. Once used as aWWI internment camp, Alexandra Palace hosted German internees who formed an orchestra, giving a concert whilst detained there. The BBC Concert Orchestra has already performed a reconstruction of some of this concert and in September 2015 celebrated the centenary with a concert in the historic theatre given by Haringey Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra with players from the BBCCO, including some of the original repertoire which was composed by internees. Read more about the final concert here.