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Holiday music courses are run at different times of the year and are either delivered directly by Hackney Music Service or one of our Network partners.

Hackney Music Service – 16th Autumn Term Holiday Music Course celebrating Black History Month.  

The course will run for three days from Tuesday 23rd, 24th, 25th October 2018  inclusive at William Patten Primary School. 

Full details about the courses can be found below. The course flyer can be found Holiday Music Course Flyer 2018


FULL DAY COURSES – 09.30am to 3.30pm: 

Open to children having lessons on any instrument  –  full 3 days

  1. Cuban Strings: A fusion of music from Brazil, Africa and the Caribbean. (Suggested Instruments: Violin / Cello / Double Bass/ Guitar). Led by HMS tutor Omar Puente.  
  2. Big Band/Jazz: The Big Band Sound, join a group of musicians playing jazz or dance music. (Suggested Instruments: Trumpet / Tenor Horn / Trombone / French Horn / Saxophone/ Clarinet/ Drum Kit). Led by HMS tutor Gerry Hunt. 


These courses are for children in years 3 – 8 each running for 3 full days. Children can sign up for only one of these courses and should be in receipt of regular tuition or have had lessons for at least one year. They must bring their own instrument with them (except drum kit). In addition to the instrumental work, children will be engaged in a variety of other activities including general musicianship, singing, creative music making and performance.

Open access courses – full 3 days

  1. Vocal Roots: A Singing workshop celebrating Black Music. Led by HMS tutor Georgia Van Etten
  2. Steel Pans: (limited places). Led by HMS tutor Kerry Cumberbatch


This course is for children in years 3 – 8 are and is open access; therefore no previous experience is necessary. Children will also take part in general musicianship activities including singing and composing.


HALF DAY COURSES – 9:30am – 12:30pm: 

Creative Music Making (Reception class not eligible): 

This is an open access course for children in years 1 and 2 only. During the morning children will be involved in a range of activities including singing, composing, exploring sound, rhythm work and general music making activities. There will be a short performance of their work on the last morning of this course. Led by HMS tutors Kate Shortt & Tom Hewins.

African Drumming and Dance: 

An open access course for children in years 3-8 celebrating Dance and Drumming from around the world. Led by HMS Dance in Residence Dorinia Harley & Alex Sabbagh. 



APPLICATION FORM: Please complete an application form for each child by Friday 12 October 2018. The form can be downloaded here –  Holiday Music Course Application 2018

VENUE: All courses take place at William Patten Primary School, Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0NX


Full Day Courses: 9.30 – 3.30 – Courses Cuban Strings, Big Band/Jazz, Vocal Roots and Steel Pans.

Half Day Courses: 9.30 – 12.30 – Creative music making (years 1-2) and African Dance and Drumming.


Full day Courses: £80.00, £55.00 for siblings (i.e. £80.00+£55.00) all concessions £20.00.

Half Day Courses: £55.00. Sibling discount is not applicable for these courses.

All courses are already subsidised, however, if you think you may have difficulty in meeting the full cost of the course, please contact the Music Service to discuss this. Concessions are available for those on income support, housing benefit and for families with children in receipt of pupil premium. If this applies to you, please ensure that your child’s application form is endorsed to this effect by your child’s school.


For Hackney residents whose children attend an out-of-borough school, there is an additional £10.00 per applicant added to each advertised course fee.

For applicants who neither live in the borough nor attend a Hackney school, there is an additional £15.00 per applicant added to each advertised course fee. Concession rates do not apply.

Places are limited to one course per child.


Please ensure that your payment is received by the Hackney Music Service within ONE week of registering to secure your place on your chosen course. Cheques should be made payable to ‘London Borough of Hackney’ and sent or delivered to Hackney Music Service, the Tomlinson Centre Annexe, 317 Queensbridge Road, Hackney, E8 3ND.

You can also pay by cash direct to the Hackney Music Service office. Please complete a separate form for each child.


For more information or for questions about any of the above holiday courses, please contact: musicservice@learningtrust.co.uk or call 020 3076 1534