A £1.3 million music project designed to ensure every pupil in three London boroughs has the chance sing and learn an instrument has been launched.
The Royal Albert Hall, Royal College of Music, Aurora Orchestra, and Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham councils are collaborating so five to 18-year-olds will have the chance to develop their musical skills and to play with other children as part of an ensemble or choir, either through their own projects or through those of the partners in the newly-formed hub.
Chris Cotton, chief executive of the Royal Albert Hall, says: “It is unprecedented for a venue to be involved in strategically planning music education in schools and, alongside the Royal College of Music and Aurora Orchestra, we’re extremely honoured to have been appointed in this role.
“One of our key aims as a charity, as it is with our partners, is to inspire, influence and champion the future of music in the UK and we believe we can make a real difference to the children and offer further arts education to schools in our boroughs.”
Inner Voices, who are musically gifted singers from inner-London schools and a BBC Symphony Orchestra ensemble were at the launch at the Royal Albert Hall.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for children in Hammersmith to take up an instrument,” says Amy Harper, manager at the Hammersmith branch of lettings agent Bushells. “Hammersmith is a popular place to live for families and I’m sure they will all support this chance for their children to become more involved with music.”