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Hackney Training Orchestra

Entry Criteria:

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

  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’.

 

When: Tuesdays 4:30pm – 6pm

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

For more information, please visit our Ensembles Section.

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HMDT Music – Saturday Programme

The Saturday Programme

HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme serves over 350 students aged 6 months – 25 years on 30 Saturdays during each academic year. Started in 1995, it remains a vibrant and unique Saturday offering, providing a spectrum of individual projects involving guest visits and work with leading artists, alongside the continually expanding regular classes and programmes designed to enrich the lives of young people through music making. A source of local community pride, the programme also attracts students from across London and beyond.

The Music Box: 6 months – 4 years

The Music Box family learning programme for under 4’s offers the opportunity to explore the foundations of music in a fun and interactive way. 

Fledglings – Reception

Fledglings is an introduction to music through singing and movement, leading up to performances at the end of each term.

I Can Sing! Music Theatre – Year 1+

ICS! offers students the opportunity to experience the excitement of musical theatre and performance training in dance, singing and stagecraft with leading professional artists. With repertoire ranging from Broadway hits to new operas, they gain new skills, confidence and firm friendships.  

CYMH Instrumental Music School – Year 1 +

CYMH is HMDT’s Instrumental Music School which offers students ages 5 upwards an extensive curriculum including group and individual instrumental tuition, singing, musicianship and ensembles, as well as the Orchestra and Choirs of CYMH.

Music Treehouse – SEN – Age 2+

Music Treehouse is for students with a wide range Special Educational Needs. The interactive sessions use storytelling and creative composition to have fun creating songs, working with instruments and developing responses to, communication through music, and forming strong friendships within the Music Treehouse community.

Julian Joseph Jazz Academy – Year 7+

The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy (JJJA) is a weekly Academy under the artistic direction of internationally renowned jazz pianist and composer Julian Joseph, offering talented young instrumentalists and vocalists an amazing opportunity to work with some of the world’s top jazz musicians to develop their creative talents and performance skills, through exploring the American roots of Jazz.


Session Information: Sessions run on Saturdays, following the academic year with 9 or 10 sessions per term

Locations: Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, E2 8LS  & Bridge Academy, Laburnum Street, E2 8BA

Please see our website for more details, or contact the HMDT Team on 020 8882 8825

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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 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 Training Orchestra

Entry Criteria:

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

  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’.

When: Tuesdays 4:30pm – 6pm

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

For more information, please visit our Ensembles Section.

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HMDT Music – Saturday Programme

The Saturday Programme

HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme serves over 350 students aged 6 months – 25 years on 30 Saturdays during each academic year. Started in 1995, it remains a vibrant and unique Saturday offering, providing a spectrum of individual projects involving guest visits and work with leading artists, alongside the continually expanding regular classes and programmes designed to enrich the lives of young people through music making. A source of local community pride, the programme also attracts students from across London and beyond.

The Music Box: 6 months – 4 years

The Music Box family learning programme for under 4’s offers the opportunity to explore the foundations of music in a fun and interactive way. 

Fledglings – Reception

Fledglings is an introduction to music through singing and movement, leading up to performances at the end of each term.

I Can Sing! Music Theatre – Year 1+

ICS! offers students the opportunity to experience the excitement of musical theatre and performance training in dance, singing and stagecraft with leading professional artists. With repertoire ranging from Broadway hits to new operas, they gain new skills, confidence and firm friendships.  

CYMH Instrumental Music School – Year 1 +

CYMH is HMDT’s Instrumental Music School which offers students ages 5 upwards an extensive curriculum including group and individual instrumental tuition, singing, musicianship and ensembles, as well as the Orchestra and Choirs of CYMH.

Music Treehouse – SEN – Age 2+

Music Treehouse is for students with a wide range Special Educational Needs. The interactive sessions use storytelling and creative composition to have fun creating songs, working with instruments and developing responses to, communication through music, and forming strong friendships within the Music Treehouse community.

Julian Joseph Jazz Academy – Year 7+

The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy (JJJA) is a weekly Academy under the artistic direction of internationally renowned jazz pianist and composer Julian Joseph, offering talented young instrumentalists and vocalists an amazing opportunity to work with some of the world’s top jazz musicians to develop their creative talents and performance skills, through exploring the American roots of Jazz.


Session Information: Sessions run on Saturdays, following the academic year with 9 or 10 sessions per term

Locations: Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, E2 8LS  & Bridge Academy, Laburnum Street, E2 8BA

Please see our website for more details, or contact the HMDT Team on 020 8882 8825

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