Friday 28 September 2012
The Tri-borough Music Hub
On Tuesday 25 September the Royal Albert Hall hosted the launch of the new Tri-borough Music Hub, supported by Arts Council England.
The hub comprises three strategic partners: the Royal College of Music, the Royal Albert Hall and the Aurora Orchestra, who will provide music services to children in three London boroughs: Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster. These six partner organisations will ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, to develop their 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 within the hub.
The launch evening featured a number of musical performances, including an appearance by Tir Eolas (pictured), founded at the RCM by four students. In attendance were head teachers and music teachers from some of the 150 schools across the three boroughs, all of whom will benefit from the new hub.
Chris Cotton, CEO of the Royal Albert Hall said, “We see it as a great responsibility to be involved in strategically planning music education in schools and, alongside the Royal College of Music and Aurora Orchestra, we are extremely honoured to have been appointed in this role. One of our key aims is to inspire, influence and champion the future of music in the UK and we believe we can make a real difference and offer further arts education to schools in our surrounding boroughs. We look forward to developing some inspiring education programmes.”
The RCM’s contribution to the Tri-borough Hub will be provided by RCM Sparks, the RCM’s ground-breaking learning and Learning and Participation programme. RCM Sparks and Royal Albert Hall Education are already working in partnership, delivering a series of thrilling educational projects based on film events held at the Royal Albert Hall. For more information visit the RCM Sparks website.