Bexley Music Education Hub - Schools’ Orchestral Cluster Project

Bexley plan to create five cluster orchestras in their borough, providing specialist staff for schools local to each other. Through the partnerships forged as part of the project (e.g. LSO), they will strive to encourage the highest possible standards, and raise pupils’ aspirations. The Schools’ Orchestral Cluster Project will:

  • Enable young musicians to apply skills learnt in group lessons, to larger orchestral ensembles
  • Provide opportunities for pupils in schools which may not have their own orchestra
  • Provide CPD for schools wishing to form their own orchestra as a legacy of the project
  • Share good practice across schools and link local schools
  • Provide opportunities to perform alongside professional musicians

Bromley Youth Music Trust- Bromley Musical Theatre Orchestra

BYMT will create a Musical Theatre Orchestra (BYMT MTO) for the more advanced instrumentalists in the London Borough of Bromley. Students will be selected from the Saturday Centre Orchestras and Bands from April 2018. As an initial project they will then be forming a combo/orchestra (around 20 musicians) to play in a production of Oliver, which will be performed in May 2018. They will then continue to train in the Saturday Orchestras/Bands. In September they will form a bigger orchestra (around 40 musicians) – the BYMT MTO – to perform as part of a large production of a fully staged Musical TBC in November 2018.

Enfield Music Service (with Haringey and Waltham Forest Music Services) - Side-by-Side

Side-by-Side is a creative composition and instrumental learning project for secondary schools, providing integrated listening, composing and performing opportunities. It brings together a partnership of Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest hubs and London Sinfonietta. Following introductory concerts in schools exploring contemporary techniques and repertoire, composition groups in each borough will undertake in-depth work with a professional composer and instrumentalist to create short, single-instrument pieces. These will be worked into an orchestral concert piece, to be performed by a combined youth orchestra from all boroughs, working side-by-side with Sinfonietta musicians, in two concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in March 2019.

Hounslow Music Service - The Brazen Roar

The Brazen Roar is a new work composed by Siobhan Lamb and commissioned by Hounslow Music Service to celebrate Kempton Steam Museum. It will receive its premier at London’s iconic Southbank Centre. The music explores man’s relationship with power, choices and change, and uses verses from an epic poem by Erasmus Darwin to create a libretto which weaves through the work. Young musicians from Hounslow Music Service will be joined by players from the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Gerard Presencer will be the trumpet soloist. Hounslow Youth Voices will be joined by a school choir to sing the vocal parts. The Brazen Roar will be accompanied by an animated film, created by pupils from Bolder Academy, supported by Chocolate Films. The Brazen Roar has been made possible thanks to grants from Arts Council England, London Music Fund and the Danish Composers Guild.