Friends of the Music Department

If you believe, like us, that every young person should have access to a high quality music education, we want to hear from you!

School 21 music department, based in Newham, East London, runs a vibrant, innovative 4-18 music curriculum that transcends the classroom. Our enquiry based approach puts authenticity, purpose, and, most importantly, our community at the heart of everything we do, and our commitment to equity, sustainability and quality ensure that no child in our community misses out on the opportunity to enrich their lives through music & the arts.

To support these ambitions, our financial needs far exceed what is accessible in education funding, and this is where your support can truly make a difference.

By becoming a ‘Friend of the Music Department’, you will be helping us to run:

Our pioneering band project ensemble programme, where around 250 students aged 9-14 engage in an immersive instrumental programme alongside professional musicians every year, for between 2-5 years of their school life

Our annual musical, where students aged 9-18 set up as a professional company to create a West-End show (from actors/singers/dancers to technicians/stage managers) featuring professional set, costumes & band

Instrumental lessons for students aged 15-18 from low income families

Community projects that enable students to meet and work with local people from different backgrounds, ages & professions to produce work of meaning and beauty in the world TODAY

Our promise to you:

  • To provide regular updates from us and our children on their journey to becoming musicians, including a digital termly newsletter
  • 2 free tickets to our show stopping annual musical
  • An exclusive School21 music badge
  • An invitation to our annual School 21 music drinks reception
  • To list you as a Friend of the School 21 music department on our website