Bringing music to Islington’s young people

  • 21
  • May

Islington’s children will be able to make the most of world-class music education and resources thanks to a pioneering partnership between the council and Guildhall School Music & Drama, the internationally renowned conservatoire in the City of London.

The partnership, called Music Education Islington which was launched at the Barbican Centre, aims to make sure every child in the borough can discover and develop their musical skills under the guidance of some of the best music teachers in the world.


From left: The Voice UK winner Jermain Jackman; Managing Director of the Barbican Centre Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE and Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families

Music Education Islington will be truly universal – accessible to every Islington child and young person aged five to 18, regardless of their background, educational attainment or ability to pay.

A singing strategy will also ensure every pupil sings regularly and clear progression routes will be provided for those who want to develop their passion.


The Music in Secondary Schools Trust Saturday School Quartet performing at the launch

Music Education Islington is part of the council’s commitment to a fairer Islington and our ambition to make Islington a great place for young people to grow up, to ensure our schools allow all young people to learn and thrive, and to equip young people with the skills they will need to join the world of work.


Panel discussion chaired by Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz (third from right)

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