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Hackney Music Service

As the number one music education provider to Hackney schools, HMS works closely with Headteachers and partners to ensure that our work is flexible and responsive to the needs of schools, and that our combined delivery of provision is strategic and joined up. We offer a variety of programmes to schools and young people including:

  • Introductory and progressive instrumental and singing lessons in schools and a developing programme to parents and families out of school.
  • Instrumental ensembles and choirs are offered in venues across the borough after school hours, as well as support for schools wishing to develop their in-school ensemble offer.
  • Music curriculum support, advice and INSET are offered to schools, as well as forums, conferences and development sessions for instrumental tutors and network partners.

HMS and network partners offer holiday music courses at various times of the year ranging from world percussion and orchestral programmes to creative music-making and singing.

Performance opportunities provide Hackney children and young people with a platform to showcase their musical achievements throughout the year include: Annual Hackney Schools Music and Dance Festival, Annual Music Service Gala and Hackney Mayor’s Music Awards at the Hackney Empire, end of term concerts in various venues, as well as partnership performance platforms such as the EFG London Jazz Festival, Barbican Centre, LSO St Luke’s and Tralgar Square. Past events have included HBYO with the Docklands Sinfonia at St Anne’s, Limehouse; Brighton Arts Festival with BYO; HCJE at the Warehouse with GSMD, and at the Barbican with Jazz at Lincoln Centre musicians, Hackney Bateria at CBSO, Tate Modern and COLF, as well at the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics.

Hackney Music Service,
Tomlinson Centre Annexe,
317 Queensbridge Rd,
London, E8 3ND


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