Growth through Music brings music and musicians into schools, nurseries and community settings. We ensure that all participants get the chance to meet and work directly with the professional musicians from the orchestra, whether it’s having a go on an instrument or participating in creative composition workshops.

"Some of the kids had never publicly performed before. It was a real milestone for their confidence. To be given the opportunity was just fantastic." Julia Schubert, Westgate Youth Group, Ipswich

Early Years

Music plays an important role in the development and learning of babies and toddlers, aiding communication, movement, creativity and general wellbeing. One of our favourite projects with Early Years is our Lullaby Concert Series, organised in collaboration with Orchestras Live as part of their First Time Live scheme.

Our annual concert tour features a series of orchestral performances and related workshops with Animateur in Residence Claire Henry and our musicians, introducing young children in some of the most rural and isolated parts of England to classical music. The fun and interactive series provides opportunities for young audiences in Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Essex to try out orchestral instruments, addressing barriers that prevent young people in culturally-disadvantaged regions from attending orchestral concerts.

Download our resource pack of A Day at the Fair, part of our 2016 Lullaby project.


We believe music in schools is vital, not only for a child’s personal, social and cognitive development, but also because it contributes towards a rounded education. There is significant evidence to show, for example, that rhythm, melody and singing in primary schools can enhance learning in other subjects, including the development of skills in numeracy and literacy. In response to this, we work alongside local music hubs to deliver unique creative projects and first-time orchestral experiences with Key Stage One children in Tower Hamlets and Harrow, two of the most deprived areas in London.

Our First Time Live projects, in partnership with Orchestras Live, include interactive and inspirational first time orchestral experiences for teenagers and young people who have significantly lower levels of arts engagement. Addressing the economic and cultural barriers that may prevent young people from discovering classical music, workshop participants work directly with our musicians to programme and produce a range of exciting and inspiring concerts.

For more information about our Participation programme, email our Director of Participation, Fiona Lambert.

Key Stage One
First Time Live
Growth Through Music