Inspiring children and young people

We provide vital opportunities for children and young people to engage with live orchestral music for the first time.

Find out more about some of our recent projects that are helping to inspire children and young people...

Share Sound

Share Sound developed inclusive virtual ensembles in 6 counties across England during the Covid-19 pandemic, enabling professional orchestras to work with Music Hubs and explore the digital creative space for ensemble music making.

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The Wish

The Wish introduces primary school children to the instruments of the orchestra, so that they can make informed choices about deciding to learn an instrument.

Music Education Hub staff reported a 103% increase in pupils taking up an orchestral instrument following the project in 2018.

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The conductor hands a young girl a baton as she step up to conduct the orchestra.

Lullaby Concerts

Over ten years, our Lullaby Concerts with City of London Sinfonia have reached over 20,000 young people and their families through 105 concerts. For many this is their first experience of live orchestral music, and these first encounters have gone on to inspire young audience members to take up an instrument and encourage families to experience more live music together.

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A woman and two young children watching the orchestra.


"It just helped me a lot to inspire myself to be better than what I am, to be the best I am really, the best version of me." - participant

Destinies is a co-creation performance project made with looked after young people, young unaccompanied asylum seekers and professional artists.

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Sound Around

“A game-changing approach. Sound Around allows the orchestra to experiment with different forms of what a performance might be.” - independent evaluator

Sound Around addressed preconceptions about orchestral concerts not just from audiences, but also from orchestral musicians themselves. Together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, we developed a relaxed presentation format that challenged ideas about what a concert should and could be.

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A young man in a wheelchair and his carer talk to a musician from the orchestra.

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