Our education projects bring vital music-making opportunities to the many young people we reach, who because of geographical isolation or socioeconomic background would not otherwise have access to music-making with professional musicians. Our current projects and partnerships are detailed below.

Creative Primaries

Each term, we take creative music-making projects into primary schools in Tower Hamlets and work with young children and their teachers. Over a series of workshops, classes work with an animateur and CLS musicians to explore classical instruments and repertoire and make their own music together. As well as reinforcing the music curriculum, projects also find cross curricular links to mathematics, literacy and science depending on the chosen repertoire. All projects culminate in an interactive CLS concert in the schools’ local communities. Teachers also take part in a Continued Professional Development session, through which they learn key skills that they can apply to activities around the project, as well as other aspects of their classroom teaching.


Sound Play

Sound Play takes CLS artists and musicians into family centres and nurseries using a responsive, child-led approach in the exploration of classical instruments and music. During free play, the artistic team engage children and their families in creative music-making, building on communication skills. The team also work closely with early years staff to support the delivery of music-based group sessions and further ways to integrate music-making into their setting. Sound Play culminates with a Comfortable Classical concert at a local venue, to which participating families are invited. This project currently runs in Tower Hamlets, with ambition to extend to Southwark and Lewisham in 2021.

Comfortable Classical

In partnership with the Albany, Deptford, Comfortable Classical concerts invite anyone and everyone, from young children to older adults, to experience orchestral music. These concerts are relaxed and feature introductions from the musicians and conversation and interaction with the audience, as well as inspiring performances of classical music. Our audience members are also encouraged to dance, draw and colour while they listen to the music. This programme was adapted during lockdown into the digital series Comfortable Classical at Home, where CLS musicians hosted and performed interactive concerts from their homes, and also Comfortable Classical with the Doctors, a series of online concerts performed from hospitals by medical staff alongside CLS musicians.

Past projects

Lullaby Concerts

Produced in partnership with Orchestras Live, seven local authorities and two Music Education Hubs, Lullaby Concerts toured for ten years across Suffolk and Essex to community venues in culturally underserved rural and coastal areas, broadening children’s musical horizons. A series of workshops attached to the concerts in local libraries and nurseries aim to embed skills and confidence amongst nursery practitioners so that music-making can continue to flourish.


  • Orchestras Live
  • Essex Music Services
  • Essex County Council Early Years & Childcare
  • Essex County Council Arts Development
  • Suffolk County Music Service
  • Suffolk Coastal District Council
  • Thurrock Music Services
  • Thurrock Council Early Years Improvement Team
  • ROH Bridge Youth Music

First Time Live

Commissioned by Orchestras Live, these Music Hub and Local Authority projects aim to give secondary school students the opportunity to commission, perform and produce orchestral concerts. By involving young people in the promotion, curation and organisation of the events, the projects seek to give an insight into the presentation of orchestral music and dispel misconceptions, as well as develop an enthusiasm for young people to engage with concerts in the future.


  • Orchestras Live
  • Essex Music Hub