Wednesdays during term time, 4 - 5.45pm (Globe Primary School).
The WMC is for primary school students in the early stages of instrumental learning. It provides an opportunity to make music with other students from across the borough. Students need to be receiving tuition on their instrument either in whole class or small groups at school, or individually at school or at home.
The Centre has a choir for all members, followed by a string ensemble and wind and brass ensemble. Each week culminates in a full orchestra.
The aim is to develop ensemble playing skills whilst developing notation, pitch, rhythm and dynamic expression but always ensuring that pupils enjoy making music together. The WMC also prepares pupils for the THAMES Saturday Music Centre.
Saturdays during term time, 9am - 12.30pm (St.Paul’s Way Trust School)
For students aged 7-18 who having been learning an instrument for more than a year and who are around Grade 1 standard or above.
Students take part in three ensembles over the course of the morning which include: orchestras, wind bands, chamber groups, contemporary bands and choirs.
The SMC aims to develop students’ musicianship and technical skills through playing with others.
The SMC works closely with cultural partners who provide further enrichment to the SMC programme. There are a number of performance opportunities throughout the year.
The first term is FREE for every student. There is a termly fee of £80 thereafter. THAMES operates a remission policy to ensure all students can access our music centres regardless of financial background. See full terms and conditions for more information.
Please note that places for students learning piano or drum kit are very limited.
The Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra, now in its sixth year, plays ambitious music in a variety of styles providing just the right level of challenge. Many members of this ensemble now attend music lessons at various London Conservatoires, and are taking the highest grade exams on their instrument. Some of the older members are continuing to study music at University or College.
Saturdays, fortnightly during term time, 10.30am - 1pm (part of THAMES Saturday Music Centre, St Paul’s Way Trust School)
Soundbox is an all-ability inclusive music collective that brings together disabled and non-disabled musicians aged 11+ to make and create music using a mix of traditional instruments, music technology and singing. We aim for sessions to be accessible, welcoming and engaging for all. Sounbox is run in partnership with THAMES, Drake Music, Spitalfields Music and London Symphony Orchestra.
Wednesdays during term time, 4 - 5pm (Seven Mills Primary School)
THAMES Isle of Dogs Children's Choir is a choir for KS2 children living or attending schools on the Isle of Dogs. They sing a range of styles from traditional songs to popular favourites.
Primary aged pupils who show real musical potential and commitment in whole classes or large groups are invited to receive additional individual or small group ‘award’ lessons on their instrument. These lessons are fully funded by THAMES. The students are also invited to play in the Awards Orchestra, which meets for three days over the course of the year to rehearse for special performances. This is a training orchestra and many of the award students from previous years are now playing in the Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra.
Address: Professional Development Centre, 229 Bethnal Green Road E2 6AB
Telephone: 020 7364 0431
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