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. 



Activities, resources and ideas


Abram Wilson Foundation 

Future Sound Digital provides a simple, engaging and accessible insight into how different artists express themselves through music, how they write songs and how they became musicians.  


Auto Italia 

Join the Young Artist Programme (Tower Hamlets residents aged 14-18) to learn new skills in web, film making and sound production to collaborate on an online zine


A New Direction 

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


Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning 

From music to dance to film to visual art, the Barbican have a range of lockdown activities for young people inspired by their programme. 


BBC Ten Pieces

Check out Ten Pieces Musical Menu – a weekly buffet of primary music activities including listening, performance, singing, well-being, cross-curricular and creative activities, and Ten Pieces Tasters featuring quick, simple, follow along videos.


BBC Young Composer  

Discover resources for composing and writing your own music with this collection by BBC Young Composer.  


Beat Goes On 

These body percussion YouTube sessions are fun, high-energy workshops that develop composition and performance skills, and promote physical and emotional wellbeing. 


Chisenhale Dance Space 

CDS is currently delivering a virtual Children’s Classes Programme for ages 2 – 9. 


Conductive Music 

Through Conductive Music’s online Musical Video Game SchoolAfter School Club and free online resources you’ll learn composition, coding, video game design. Suitable for all ages. 



The three-part series combines contemporary music culture, urban sociology and philosophical discussion. 


Future DJs 

Check out Future DJs’ YouTube channel for their DJ and Music Production sessions. 


Grand Union Orchestra 

Discover the global musical traditions of the East End through Cable Street to Bethnal Green, a self-guided musical walk, and GUO’s YouTube channel featuring local musicians. 


Half Moon Theatre 

Check out Half Moon’s virtual performance packages for both primary and secondary schools and their Winter Warmer Festival for families. 


London Sinfonietta 

Listen, compose and create new music with these resources, live streamed schools concert and composition challenges


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. 


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 specifically designed to help aspiring jazz musicians  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 and covers the National Curriculum for Dance, Music and Art & Design. 


Sing Up 

Tune in to #FeelgoodFifteen, a free singing session on Tuesday mornings at 9am and check out the free resources on the Sing Up website



Soundcastle’s Musical Beacons Family Jam Sessions are for families with kids aged 0- 7. Explore sounds, create songs and express yourself! 


VOCES8 Foundation 

Join VOCES8 and Apollo5 for a chocolatey tango, a chiming clock, tree climbing, strawberries in the woods, a Harry Potter warm-up and more! 


Whitechapel Gallery 

Creative activities for families with children aged 6+ inspired by current exhibition Nalini Malani: Can You Hear Me?