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Akram Khan Dance Programme in Tower Hamlets Schools 

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.

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Funding for new music project with Grand Union Orchestra, Sound Connections and Shoreditch Town Hall

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 OrchestraSound 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.

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 Soundbox perform at the Young V&A opening festival

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.

Saturday Music Centre Summer Concert 

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.  

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THAMES Celebration Concert 2023

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. 

Tracks in Time 2023 - a THAT network Online Exhibition

View the online exhibition: THAT network London ( 

Restore the Music UK Funding Grant 

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 

Foundation for Future London Funding Grant 

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.