The newly formed ‘Waltham Forest Music Education Hub’ was officially launched yesterday at a welcome event celebrating a new chapter for music education in Waltham Forest.
The new Hub will focus on the distinct and diverse local needs in Waltham Forest and further develop the range of musical opportunities available for children and young people.
Partnership work is central to what the Hub will offer the Waltham Forest community. From long standing partnerships between the lead organisation, Waltham Forest Music Service (WFMS) and organisations such as the London Symphony Orchestra and Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, to new relationships with organisations such as Urban Development and Future DJs, children in Waltham Forest have the opportunity to hear, work and perform with a range of professional musicians as well as other young people across East London and beyond, in a wide variety of settings.
Speaking at the launch, Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council said:
“I am delighted the new Hub will bring even more music opportunities to children and young people in Waltham Forest. From learning piano myself as a child, to enjoying pupils performing in schools and at events across the borough I have seen the tremendous confidence and joy music brings to young people and this is just one of the very many reasons why we were chosen as Borough of Culture 2018.”
Joint Head of Service Mary Mycroft said:
“We are passionate about music’s role in our society and truly believe in the power musical experiences can have, enabling people from all backgrounds to be creative, to be expressive, and to develop into well rounded, well balanced individuals.”
Joint Head of Service Judith Glossop said:
“The beginning of our journey as the Hub is timely as we approach 2019, when Waltham Forest will become the first Borough of Culture! We are excited about the breadth of opportunities this will bring; further strengthening links with the Culture Team and raising the profile of Music and Culture in the borough.“
To find out more about music opportunities in Waltham Forest please contact Waltham Forest Music Service: