Wednesday 6 December, 5.15pm - 5.45pm
The Wednesday Music Centre features young instrumentalists of primary school age from all over the borough who are in the elementary stages of learning and above. The concert will showcase performances from the four ensembles available to members including a choir, string ensemble, wind & brass ensemble and the WMC Orchestra.
Thursday 14 December, 8.00-9.00pm
St Paul's Shadwell, 302 The Hwy, London E1W 3DH
Join Spitalfields Voices, a choir of students from across four Tower Hamlets secondary schools set-up in partnership with Spitalfields Music, as they perform in their debut concert alongside local community choir Sing Tower Hamlets and Newham-based youth choir New YVC. The performance will include performances of ‘Sing Gently’ by Eric Whitacre, South African miners' song 'Tshotsholoza', plus 'Wonderful Christmastime' and other songs to get everyone in the festive spirit!
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St Katharine’s Christmas market will take place from 10am-4pm on Saturday 2 December, with Urban Makers craft stalls, arts and craft games for families, a Christmas tree sale and food & drink. The THAMES Children’s Choir and the Community Choir will wrap up the day with some festive musical treats, 3.15-3.45pm.
Saturday 2 December 2023, 3.15-3.45pm
Royal Foundation of St Katharine’s, 2 Butcher Row, London, E14 8DS
Akram Kahn Dance have created a film to capture the impact of its pioneering programme which works across 5 primary schools in Tower Hamlets. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn ‘Teacher’s Development Fund’, the 2 year programme works with teachers with the aim of embedding dance within the curriculum.
Funding for new music project with Grand Union Orchestra, Sound Connections and Shoreditch Town Hall
THAMES is hugely grateful for a grant of £15,000 from the London Music Fund. This will support a year-long programme, Exchanging Notes, delivered in partnership with Grand Union Orchestra, Sound Connections and Shoreditch Town Hall.
Exchanging Notes will inspire, support and consult young people in Tower Hamlets to develop their musical proficiency, creativity and confidence, particularly around composition, instrumental technique, cultural awareness and leadership, working with inspirational artists from diverse cultural backgrounds.
This project has been made possible by funding from the London Music Fund (charity no. 1121416), supported by The Karlsson Játiva Charitable Foundation, through the Signatur programme for the advancement of the art of music. The London Music Fund’s mission is to transform under-served communities by enabling children to access high-quality music education, nurturing and developing the talent of every young musician in London. Its Partnership Programme supports ambitious, inspirational projects across London, enabling young musicians to learn from, and perform alongside, top professional musicians in iconic venues.
Soundbox, our all-ability inclusive music collective for young musicians, performed as part of The Young V&A opening festival on Sunday 9 July. Soundbox had a blast, performing in the newly renovated museum to audiences of around 300 people to rapturous applause. They performed their original composition ‘Rocking Around the World’. The piece was inspired by Jules Verne’s novel ‘Around the World in 80 Days.’ Soundbox use improvisation as the technique to create their own original music. For this project they listened and responded to music from many countries around the world; the improvisations were then structured into a through composition. The performance was part of a partnership project with Keynote Music who also performed as part of the Young V&A opening festival, featuring songs from ‘Brontë the opera’ by local composer Lisa Logan. The project was generously supported by the Foundation for Future London.
The SMC Summer Concert took place on Saturday 8 July 2023 at St Paul's Way Trust School. Congratulations to everyone who performed and thank you to the THAMES Friends for your support.
This summer’s THAMES Celebration Concert took place on 20th June at Shoreditch Town Hall, showcasing the work of over 300 young musicians who have taken part in our playing and singing days this year. It was a fantastic evening and congratulations to all of our young performers.
View the online exhibition: THAT network London (google.com)
Congratulations to Oaklands School, John Scurr Primary and Mayflower Primary on their success in securing a total of £40,000 funding from Restore the Music UK. This generous grant will enrich the lives of many more children and young people by providing new instruments and opportunities for practical music-making, composing and performing.
Read more in this 'Our East End' newspaper article
Congratulations also to Keynote Music on their award of £9,000 from Foundation for Future London, which will fund an exciting creative music-making project this summer term with the THAMES inclusive ensemble Soundbox, culminating in two community performances.
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