Entry Criteria:

The HTO is open to students who are in Year 4 and above. In addition, the following criteria applies:

  1. Applicants must be of Grade 2 performance examination standard or higher. Applicants need not necessarily have taken a Grade 2 performance examination but should be able to sight-read to the level expected of Grade 2 standard players.
  2. No audition is necessary for the HTO. Instead, players may become members by a written recommendation from their instrumental tutor or school music teacher.
  3. Applicants must either live in the borough of Hackney or attend a Hackney school/college/academy.
  4. HTO may also accept ‘associate members’ from neighbouring borough’s music education hubs. In this instance, with the exception of ‘3’ above, all other membership criteria apply. In addition, ‘associate members’ are subject to a higher fee than those meeting criteria ‘3’.


Exceptions to entry criteria:

In exceptional circumstances, HTO may accept guest students without Grade 2 or equivalent standard, where there are gaps in instrumental forces.

When: Tuesdays 4:30pm – 6pm

Where: Bridge Academy, Laburnum Street, London, E2 8BA (Please note that all ensembles are currently taking place online, via Zoom)

Session leaders: Conductors – Emilia Crawford/Lawrence Tatnall, Strings Tutor – Joe Browne, Woodwind – Emilia Crawford, Brass – Lawrence Tatnall, Percussion – Paddy Baird.

Cost – £35 for those going to school in Hackney. If YOU live in Hackney but don’t go to school in Hackney it is £45. If neither living nor going to school in Hackney it is £65. Fees paid at start of each term.

Discounts are available for Pupil Premium families – please enquire.

How to apply: Applications accepted throughout the year, HTO Application Form 2019

For further information please contact Emilia Crawford (HTO Manager) at Hackney Music Service: Email -emilia.crawford@learningtrust.co.uk