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Hackney Borough Youth Choirs

Hackney Borough Junior Choir: Yr4 – 6/7

Directors: Jane Morgan, Lauren Dyer, Tommy McLaughlin and a rotation of guest conductors.

Junior HBYC was established 6 years ago as a progression route for upper Key Stage 2 singers. Entry to the choir is via teacher recommendation followed by an audition. Termly invitations to audition are sent out to all primary schools in the borough and Head Teachers / Music Coordinators are asked to identify committed and experienced singers, usually who are already singing in their own school’s choirs, to apply. Auditions are friendly and informal. Pupils can join when they are in Yr4 – 6, and when they transfer to secondary school they can either continue with the Junior Choir for a further year or move straight up to the Senior Choir (Yr7+).

When: Wednesdays 4:30pm – 5:45pm


Hackney Borough Senior Choir: Yr7+

Director: Georgia Van Etten

Senior HBYC was established 3 years ago and is directed by one of HMS’s lead vocal tutors Harriet Syndercombe Court. The choir is made up of a combination of former Junior HBYC members, and singers who have been referred direct from their secondary schools. Like the Junior Choir, entry is by audition, and these are friendly and informal.

Senior HBYC regularly perform. Annual events include the Hackney Music Service Gala at the Hackney Empire and the Hackney Schools Singing Festival at the Round Chapel where they headline the Secondary Singing Event and the Hackney One Carnival. They collaborate with other HMS ensembles such as Junior HBYC and the Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble. In 2014 they took part in a BBC project that led to a performance at the Barbican and rehearsals at the iconic Maida Vale Studios. The performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2018 the Senior Choir took part in a workshop at the Barbican Centre with the internationally acclaimed choir Roomful of Teeth.  The choir are regularly offered opportunities to work with professional choirs and offered tickets to concerts via our extensive network of hub partners. 

When: Wednesdays 4:45pm – 6pm


Where: Both choirs rehearse at The Urswick School, Paragon Road, London E9 6NR

For more information, please visit our Ensembles Section.

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Hackney Youth Jazz Ensemble

Hackney Junior Jazz Ensemble – Wednesdays 4:30 – 6pm

Session leaders:  Gerry Hunt and Jonny Enser

Entry Criteria:

    1. Applicants should be minimum Yr5+ (primary) or Yr7+ (secondary)
    2. Grade 2 standard or higher – no need for the exam to be taken, equivalent standard via teacher or school recommendation is acceptable
    3. The ability to sight-read is desirable but not essential. However, members are encouraged to continue developing this important and valuable skill.
    4. Applicants will be invited to an informal assessment as part of
    5. Applicants must either live in the borough of Hackney or attend a Hackney school/college/academy.
    6. HJJE may also accept ‘associate members’ from neighbouring borough’s music education hubs. In this instance, with the exception of ‘5’ above, all other membership criteria apply. In addition, ‘associate members’ are subject to a higher fee than those meeting criteria ‘5’.

Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble – Wednesdays 5 – 7pm

Session leaders: Gerry Hunt and Justin Pickett

Entry Criteria:

      1. Applicants must be aged 11 – 18yrs (Year 7 students and above) and be of Grade 5 performance examination standard or higher. The ability to sight-read is desirable but not essential. However, members are encouraged to continue developing this important and valuable skill.
      2. All applicants must attend an informal audition prior to entry, as part of the assessment for membership process.
      3. Applicants must either live in the borough of Hackney or attend a Hackney school/college/academy.
      4. HCJE 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’.

Where: Both ensembles rehearse at The City Academy, Hackney. Homerton Row, London E9 6EB

For more information, please visit our Ensembles Section.

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Hackney Borough Youth Orchestra

Entry Criteria:

The HBYO is open to students who are aged 11 – 18yrs (Year 7 students and above). In addition, the following criteria applies:

  1. Applicants must be in Year 7 or above, and be of Grade 5 performance examination standard or higher. Applicants need not necessarily have taken a Grade 5 performance examination but should be confident sight-readers to the level expected of Grade 5 standard players.
  2. All applicants must attend an audition prior to entry, as part of the assessment for the membership process.
  3. Applicants must either live in the borough of Hackney or attend a Hackney school/college/academy.
  4. HBYO 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’.

When: Tuesdays 6 – 7.30pm

Where: Bridge Academy, Laburnum Street, London, E2 8BA

For more information, please visit our Ensembles Section.

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Hackney Borough Youth Choirs

Hackney Borough Junior Choir: Yr4 – 6/7

Directors: Jane Morgan, Lauren Dyer, Tommy McLaughlin and a rotation of guest conductors.

Junior HBYC was established 6 years ago as a progression route for upper Key Stage 2 singers. Entry to the choir is via teacher recommendation followed by an audition. Termly invitations to audition are sent out to all primary schools in the borough and Head Teachers / Music Coordinators are asked to identify committed and experienced singers, usually who are already singing in their own school’s choirs, to apply. Auditions are friendly and informal. Pupils can join when they are in Yr4 – 6, and when they transfer to secondary school they can either continue with the Junior Choir for a further year or move straight up to the Senior Choir (Yr7+).

When: Wednesdays 4:30pm – 5:45pm


Hackney Borough Senior Choir: Yr7+

Director: Georgia Van Etten

Senior HBYC was established 3 years ago and is directed by one of HMS’s lead vocal tutors Harriet Syndercombe Court. The choir is made up of a combination of former Junior HBYC members, and singers who have been referred direct from their secondary schools. Like the Junior Choir, entry is by audition, and these are friendly and informal.

Senior HBYC regularly perform. Annual events include the Hackney Music Service Gala at the Hackney Empire and the Hackney Schools Singing Festival at the Round Chapel where they headline the Secondary Singing Event and the Hackney One Carnival. They collaborate with other HMS ensembles such as Junior HBYC and the Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble. In 2014 they took part in a BBC project that led to a performance at the Barbican and rehearsals at the iconic Maida Vale Studios. The performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2018 the Senior Choir took part in a workshop at the Barbican Centre with the internationally acclaimed choir Roomful of Teeth.  The choir are regularly offered opportunities to work with professional choirs and offered tickets to concerts via our extensive network of hub partners. 

When: Wednesdays 4:45pm – 6pm


Where: Both choirs rehearse at The Urswick School, Paragon Road, London E9 6NR

For more information, please visit our Ensembles Section.

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Hackney Youth Jazz Ensembles

Hackney Junior Jazz Ensemble – Wednesdays 4:30 – 6pm

Session leaders:  Gerry Hunt and Jonny Enser

Entry Criteria:

    1. Applicants should be minimum Yr5+ (primary) or Yr7+ (secondary)
    2. Grade 2 standard or higher – no need for the exam to be taken, equivalent standard via teacher or school recommendation is acceptable
    3. The ability to sight-read is desirable but not essential. However, members are encouraged to continue developing this important and valuable skill.
    4. Applicants will be invited to an informal assessment as part of
    5. Applicants must either live in the borough of Hackney or attend a Hackney school/college/academy.
    6. HJJE may also accept ‘associate members’ from neighbouring borough’s music education hubs. In this instance, with the exception of ‘5’ above, all other membership criteria apply. In addition, ‘associate members’ are subject to a higher fee than those meeting criteria ‘5’.

Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble – Wednesdays 5 – 7pm

Session leaders: Gerry Hunt and Justin Pickett

Entry Criteria:

      1. Applicants must be aged 11 – 18yrs (Year 7 students and above) and be of Grade 5 performance examination standard or higher. The ability to sight-read is desirable but not essential. However, members are encouraged to continue developing this important and valuable skill.
      2. All applicants must attend an informal audition prior to entry, as part of the assessment for membership process.
      3. Applicants must either live in the borough of Hackney or attend a Hackney school/college/academy.
      4. HCJE 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’.

Where: Both ensembles rehearse at The City Academy, Hackney. Homerton Row, London E9 6EB

For more information, please visit our Ensembles Section.

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Hackney Borough Youth Orchestra

Entry Criteria:

The HBYO is open to students who are aged 11 – 18yrs (Year 7 students and above). In addition, the following criteria applies:

  1. Applicants must be in Year 7 or above, and be of Grade 5 performance examination standard or higher. Applicants need not necessarily have taken a Grade 5 performance examination but should be confident sight-readers to the level expected of Grade 5 standard players.
  2. All applicants must attend an audition prior to entry, as part of the assessment for the membership process.
  3. Applicants must either live in the borough of Hackney or attend a Hackney school/college/academy.
  4. HBYO 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’.

When: Tuesdays 6 – 7.30pm

Where: Bridge Academy, Laburnum Street, London, E2 8BA

For more information, please visit our Ensembles Section.

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