We’re excited to announce a new exhibition by Wired4Music about young people’s views on music education. The exhibition has been launched at City Hall. Last night a group of council members headed down to review the display and share their views.

The project began two years ago when Wired4Music were invited to consult on the Mayor of London’s music strategy for young people, previously known as Making Music Matter but now renamed Rhythm of London. The strategy has led to funding for lots of music projects across London involving music services, orchestras and high profile arts organisations.

We were then invited back to evaluate Animate Orchestra, a project funded by the Mayor and run by Trinity Laban, Southbank and London Philharmonic. We also teamed up with the GLA’s Peer Outreach workers to mystery shop orchestral concerts at the Royal Festival Hall. We designed our own evaluations and surveys, and we ran focus groups with the participants. We then worked with a professional designer to turn our findings into an exhibition.

Last night Wired4Music visited the freshly launched display at City Hall. We were all encouraged by the ways that young people have been engaged in music through the programmes. Wired4Music member Helen commented: “We need more of these projects…Music colleges and conservatoires need to open up their doors to people like this.” New member Kheron commented: “It’s really good… so many young people have the interest in music, but don’t have the opportunities to develop their skills.”

We all agreed that projects like this help young people get involved. Wired4Music are proud to be at the heart of the discussion, influencing music policy at such a high level.

 

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