THAMES at Home

Music and Arts during lockdown and beyond


Virtual Music

Our centres, choirs and ensembles are currently running virtually so you can still get involved! See Making Music for details on how to apply to join us. 


Summer Schools

‘A’ Team Arts with UAL: Central Saint Martins

Tower Hamlets ‘A’ Team Arts are running a full online programme over summer for young people aged 11 – 19, working in partnership with UAL: Central Saint Martins. This free exciting programme for aspiring, curious and motivated young designers and artists also offers young people the chance to gain nationally recognised Arts Award qualifications.

Junior Foundation Programme (Ages 11 – 13), 3 - 7 August 

  • Drawing and Storytelling Through Film Making & Animation

 Summer Art and Design Academy (Ages 14 – 19), 10 - 29 August

  • Design Awareness: Create a sketchbook
  • Design Futures: What Next?

Deadline for registration is Friday 24 July, email to secure your place. More information available here.


East Summer School

Free to anyone aged 12–17 and living in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest – and interested in creative, tech and design industries. From one-off classes to full-week courses, there are lots of fantastic sessions packed with unique and interactive experiences. It’s a great chance to meet new people and have fun! All this extra time we have is perfect to learn some new and exciting skills, no matter your ability. Summer School courses are being delivered by world-leading organisations, such as the BBC and UCL who will be moving to east London as part of East Bank. As well as working alongside institutions that are already here, such as Staffordshire University London, Studio Wayne McGregor, The Yard Theatre and many more. MORE INFO


CM Sounds Summer School

CM Sounds are running a series of summer schools, including:

  • Production Essentials - Learn basics of creating your own beats, writing your own lyrics and complete your own track using VIP studio sessions, a web based studio where you can create music without software
  • Production sessions Intermediate - Go deeper into music production, learn about effects, musical arrangement, EQ and how to really make your track pop!
  • Soundscape session - How can we use sounds to reflect how we feel - this course is run in partnership with A-Team Arts and will explore creating a track reflecting the times. Working on building sounds, beats, music that express how young people feel in current times.
  • 3 day Vocal Masterclass - How to create a vocal for your track

More info will be available on the CM Sounds website shortly. To register your interest, contact or register on the CM Sounds website.


VOCES8 Foundation - Summer Concert Series

'Live from London' is a new online festival from the VOCES8 Foundation, featuring some of the world's finest vocal ensembles including VOCES8, Apollo5, The Swingles, I Fagiolini, Stile Antico, The Sixteen, Chanticleer and more. The festival will be broadcast every Saturday for ten weeks from 1 August 2020. All concerts will be available on demand until 31 October 2020. Tower Hamlets students can obtain a season pass for just £5 allowing access to all concerts (full price is £80) by emailing


Conductive Music Video Game Summer School

An interactive, age appropriate, music and coding experience, delivered by professional tutors with international experience. Perfect for young people aged 9-13 with an interest in music and technology. Video games are fun, creative and also musical! Using Microsoft Arcade, we transform programming into an artistic musical game. The complexity is hidden behind the music, the amusing sprites and the animations. Use your own hands and imagination while picking up Music and Computer Science concepts. MORE INFO


Sound and Music – Go Compose Summer School

Open to young people aged 11-18 interested in learning to make their own music. Join Sound and Music and three leading industry professionals, for three unique, free, digital workshops, as part of their Go Compose! Inspire Days. Workshops include ‘Lyrics and Songwriting to Beats’ with Rap Club, ‘Online Music Production’ with CREATE DEFINE RELEASE (CDR), ‘Field Recording and Sound Manipulation’ with Sophie CooperMORE INFO


Spotlight Summer Programme

Spotlight are offering a mix of online and in person fun over the summer, including studio sessions, dance classes, photography workshops, theatre sessions and careers talks. MORE INFO.


Trinity Laban Summer School

Courses include: Virtual Orchestra, Music Technology and Sound Design, Writing Music for Film, and Songwriting. All four projects are suitable for young musicians aged 11-17. MORE INFO



Summer Activities

See full list of activities in Tower Hamlets and surrounding boroughs collated by Tower Hamlets Council.


The Way I See It 

Arts Council England and Google Arts & Culture are teaming up with five arts organisations to create a new online gallery to showcase, celebrate and archive the extraordinary work produced by children and young people in response to Covid-19. There are loads of ways for young people to get involved before 1 September, including dance, music, drama, opera and visual art.



The Bach Choir invites all children to take part in their Vocalise! Virtual Choir Project. Send in a video of you singing ‘Love’ by Will Todd by 15 Sept to be included in the virtual choir. Full resources on their website (password: Vocalise!).



Activities, resources and ideas


A New Direction

Keeping Creative at Home activities – activities including music, art, drama, dance and poetry


BBC Ten Pieces

Weekly activities for primary schools, home educators and parents to share with their students. Each includes a Ten Pieces film and a linked creative activity that can be completed by children at home without any special materials or preparation.

Conductive Music

Conductive Music brings together music, science and technology. Through their free online resources, you'll discover composition, coding, video game design and lots of free resources, for all ages.


Music education charity Roadworks partner with Mixtape Madness to launch Drillosophy. The series of six episodes will combine contemporary music culture, urban sociology and philosophical discussion.

Future DJs

Sign up for Future DJs’ virtual classroom, or check out their YouTube channel for their DJ and Music Production sessions.

Half Moon Theatre LIVE

A selection of recent much-loved productions for young people are available online for free. Every Wednesday a new production is added to their website alongside access to backstage interviews, production photos and information about how the shows were created.

London Symphony Orchestra

LSO’s Always Playing is a digital programme of full-length archive concerts, interviews, articles, playlists, plus activities for young people and families.

Minute of Listening

Minute of Listening is a digital platform on which there are several hundred 1-minute tracks of music or sound, plus photos, text and three questions to get discussion going. To support parents and teachers through the COVID-19 pandemic, Minute of Listening will be free of charge.

Museum of London & Museum of London Docklands

Their website has some great online resources and activities for both teachers and families.

Topics covered include the Great Fire of London and Prehistoric times.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

NYJO’s Virtual Academy is a brilliant resource for any aspiring jazz musicians. It is specifically designed to help you practice, perform and improve wherever you are.

NMC Records

NMC’s GCSE music resource offers students a comprehensive insight into how to approach composing in an imaginative way, and their R:String app allows students to create their own remixes.

Royal Opera House

ROH’s Create and Learn offers free, cross-curricular home learning activities for children and young people enabling them to experience every aspect of theatrecraft and performance and covers the National Curriculum for Dance, Music and Art & Design.

Spotlight – online resources

For young people struggling with boredom, Spotlight are sharing online activities, competitions and a daily creative challenge on Instagram.

VOCES8 Foundation

VOCES8 Foundation are live streaming workshops, talks and performances every day at 2pm as part of their #LiveFromHome series. Check out their weekly schedule here and all previous programmes on their #LiveFromHome You Tube playlist.