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Taking place at the Hackney Empire, this concert celebrates the achievements of some of the most gifted and talented musical pupils and students in our schools and community. It features a diverse range of ensembles including, bands, choirs, soloists and school groups, as well as our jazz ensemble, combined borough orchestras, dancers and drummers. Over 350 young people from Hackney’s primary, secondary and special schools will take to the stage, all of whom have excelled in music in their respective schools and borough-wide ensembles.

The Music Gala incorporates the Mayor’s Music Awards for the fifth year. The MMA is a fund, established by the Mayor of Hackney, to help and support aspiring young musicians to develop their musical skills and to recognise the quality of the music education offer in Hackney’s schools. There are three categories: Pupil Award for Musical Achievement; Instrument Fund for Ensemble Development; and an award for Excellence in Music Education Practice.

Ticket Information: please see the Hackney Empire website Here


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HMS Holiday Course – Sign Up Now!

The Hackney Music Service is delighted to be able to invite your child to join us for the15th Autumn Term Holiday Music Course.

This year we are offering an exciting new opportunity to take part in more mixed and collaborative ensembles.  These ensembles offer a broader breadth of experience playing music from around the world in mixed instrumental groups.

As usual, the course programme will run for three days during the October half term from Tuesday 24th, 25th and 26th October 2017 inclusive at William Patten Primary School. For more information visit our Holiday Course Section

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Music, Songwriting and Theatre making Opportunities for Young People

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning has a number of fantastic opportunities for young people coming up this academic year. See below for more information.

Young Jazz Big Band – open to 14 – 18 year olds

If you play trumpet, trombone, saxophone (soprano, tenor, alto, baritone), drums, piano, double bass or guitar and are inspired by Duke EllingtonCount Basie, Billie Holiday and other sultans of Swing this is your opportunity to work with musicians from London and New York, develop your big band playing skills and perform at the Barbican Centre.

Application link here

 Young Songwriters – open to 14 – 18 year old

The Young Songwriters is a programme that will get your melodies and lyrics out of the bedroom and in front of professional musicians who will help you craft and shape your work by exploring new sounds, instruments, genres and approaches to writing music. We’d love to work with you whatever you put together, be it Grime, EDM, Jazz, Folk, Classical or something completely different.

Application link here

Barbican Box Music – secondary school music teachers

The Barbican Box is a portable box filled with the ingredients for making and creating original theatre, visual art or music inspired by our world class arts programme. Curated and designed by composer and musician Max Richter, this year’s Barbican Box Music will contain an array of inspiration for teachers to create new music with their secondary school students. Teachers will benefit from world class training days exploring new ways of composing in the class room. All participants will get to perform at the Barbican with Max and will receive free tickets to a Barbican Contemporary Music Concert.

Application link here

All deadlines on Sunday 1st October 

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning is a member and a partner of the Hackney Music Network. All enquires about the above opportunities should be sent to them directly. 

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Now Hiring: EFG London Jazz Festival Volunteers

Volunteers! Come and have fun and gain fantastic hands-on events experience by volunteering at 2017’s EFG London Jazz Festival.

Calling all music and events lovers!

The EFG London Jazz Festival 2017 is seeking a team of enthusiastic volunteers with a taste for organisation to work with us on the delivery of this year’s Festival. We are London’s biggest city-wide music festival and bring together established stars and emerging talent, reflecting the traditions of jazz and illustrating its breadth and depth. You can check out the full programme at

‘Being a volunteer at the EFG London Jazz Festival is a great way to contribute to the event and have fun at the same time.  As a volunteer, in whatever role, you feel part of the action instead of a mere spectator.  Serious give great briefings and support so you become part of the team straight away.  Once you get inside the Festival it never feels the same again’ (Ian, EFG London Jazz Festival 2016 volunteer)

Within this time there are opportunities to volunteer in four separate areas of the Festival:

Communications – For 1 volunteer to assist the communications team with the Festival information stands, guest lists and press liaison. Must be available on evenings through the Festival.

– For 2 volunteers to help with the Festival’s social media output, by taking photos, tweeting and building interest around the events.

Development – For 2 volunteers to support the development team in delivering sponsor and supporter receptions and branding across the Festival.

Learning and Participation – For 2 or 3 volunteers to assist the Learning and Participation Team in administering and delivering multiple participation projects and events throughout the festival. Including artist liaison, general running and logistics support alongside publicity.

Production – To assist the production team with backstage catering and artist liaison, airport meet and greets, general running and logistics support.


The deadline for applications is Monday 2nd October 2017.

Interviews for new volunteers will take place on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th October in the Serious office.

For more information about the opportunity, visit the Serious website here.

Serious is a member and partner of the Hackney Music Network. All enquires about the above opportunity should be sent to Serious directly. 

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New Opportunities to join our Ensembles and Activities from September 2017

Hackney Music Service offers a range of musical opportunities within its ensembles and choirs during term time, and we would like to encourage and welcome new members from September 2017! Whether you love to sing with a group, play bass, trumpet or sax, we have something for you and a chance to work with other likeminded young people. For more information see an outline of our opportunities below and on our ensembles page here.

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Join the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2018

If you are aged 13–18, playing (or composing) at Grade 8 distinction level or equivalent, and are totally committed to music… The world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers needs you.  Be part of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2018 and breakthrough to the next level of orchestral brilliance, perform the most challenging music with the world’s greatest conductors and inspire other teenagers through NYO Inspire. Auditions are FREE and you will receive feedback. Bursaries are available to cover travel to and from the audition as well as your place in the orchestra. Auditions are friendly, positive, and great learning experiences. Find out more


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