Making Music


We are looking for new members to join our music centres and ensembles. Read on for information on each group. View our new flyer!




Wednesday Music Centre (WMC)

Wednesdays during term time, 4 - 6pm (Globe Primary School)

*Please note our centres are currently running virtually via Zoom*

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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.

The first term is FREE for every student. There is a termly fee of £37.50 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.


Saturday Music Centre (SMC)

Saturdays during term time, 9am - 12.30pm (St.Paul’s Way Trust School) 

*Please note our centres are currently running virtually via Zoom*

December 06, 2018_SMFest2018_Platform_080For 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.

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Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra

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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.

Contact us for information or to apply








Saturdays, fortnightly during term time, 10.30am - 1pm (part of THAMES Saturday Music Centre, St Paul’s Way Trust School)

*Please note Soundbox is currently running virtually via Zoom*


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. Soundbox is run in partnership with THAMES, Drake Music, Spitalfields Music and London Symphony Orchestra

Participation is FREE.

Apply now



Primary Choir 

Mondays, during term time, 4.30-5.30pm


*Please note the Primary Choir is currently running virtually on Zoom*

For students aged 7-11 who live or attend school in Tower Hamlets. 

Join us online on Mondays after school for our Primary Choir from the comfort of your own home. Each session will take place using free online video software Zoom and include: fun singing warm-ups, games and learning new songs.

Participation is FREE.

For more information and to apply



THAMES Awards 

076Primary 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.