Musical opportunities for all Camden’s children

Camden Music Trust is a charity that funds a broad range of music education programmes and scholarships delivered through the Camden Music Service. In Camden, almost 32% of children live below the poverty line, for them gaining access to music tuition can be extremely difficult, if not impossible. Camden Music Trust is committed to addressing this.

Our aim is to ensure all children and young people living in Camden receive and benefit from a music education.

We Raise Funds For:


Scholarships and instruments for talented children living below the poverty line


Special musical events for children designed to include children with Special Educational Needs


Inspirational events, music courses and 35 youth ensembles (orchestras, choirs and jazz groups)


Two Saturday music centres open to all Camden and neighbouring borough’s children regardless of ability level


Salaries of specialist music staff who share our vision

About us

Camden Music Trust is a UK registered charity which believes that all children have a right to a musical education, regardless of their ability to pay. 40% of Camden’s children live below the poverty line – that’s around 15,000 children. Our aim is to provide a lasting legacy of inclusive and inspirational musical opportunities for Camden’s children.

We do this by funding a broad range of outstanding services delivered by Camden Music Service.

Camden Music Service provides high quality musical opportunities for over 5,000 Camden school children every year, working with 40 Camden primary and secondary schools and 150 music tutors, with a focus on making musical tuition more affordable for lower income families. Camden Music Service schedules over 2,700 music lessons and runs 40 holiday and weekend ensembles, and stages a bi-annual concert at the RAH involving over 1,800 Camden school children.


Our History

Camden Music Trust was started by a group of friends who cared about the provision of music for children in the borough. Their vision was of a charity that could help all children in Camden benefit from music as a formative experience, regardless of parents’ ability to pay. The Friends of Camden Music Service was conceived in 2001 and registered as a charity, Camden Music Trust (CMT), in September 2008. Please click here to view our annual accounts.


Our Trustees

Camden Music Trust has a dedicated Board of Trustees who bring a comprehensive range of experience and skills: music provision in schools, fundraising, accountancy, professional music, journalism, administration, web site design, parents of children using CMS.

Esther Caplin MA, Chair – Joseph Mindel Trust and Governor, Edith Neville Primary School
Susy Penney, Charity Secretary – Retired School Administrator
Gina Pearce, Treasurer – Senior Manager, National Offender Management Service
Serge Ramin, Finance Professional
Sarah Allen – Musician, music educator, folk music booking agent
Kam Perera – Consultant, Events & PR, Community Research


Ambassadors for the Camden Music Trust

Jon Snow, Broadcaster and Journalist
Emily Stubbs, Development Director, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Louise Shackleton, Violinist, London Symphony Orchestra
Mark Crown, Trumpeter, Songwriter, Producer, DJ
Kate Frood, Head Teacher, Eleanor Palmer Primary School
Matthew Daines, Executive Director, University of California Trust (UK)

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Music Lessons & Scholarships

Camden Music Service organises instrument and voice lessons through schools. Help with fees may be available from Camden Music for families on low income.

Camden Music Trust runs its own Scholarship Programme to provide potentially life changing long-term support for talented young musicians who are disabled or who cannot afford music tuition.

Perform with Us!

Saturday Music Centres

Camden Music Service runs two Saturday Music Centres which provide a unique opportunity for children to extend their musical activities beyond school and the chance to showcase their talents through public performances. Taking part in ensemble activities using voices and/or instruments gives kids the chance to put their musical skills into practice in a fun and dynamic way and to experience the joy of making music with other kids.

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Forthcoming Performances

Camden’s young musicians give immense pleasure through the high standard of their performances across a whole range of musical styles. Working in collaboration with our partners, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Folk Dance and Song Society, English Pocket Opera, The Royal Academy of Music, LSO Discovery, the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, and the Deaf Youth Orchestra, we’ve created an exciting programme of events throughout the year. Please support us and encourage our talented young musicians by coming along to one our events!

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Friends of Camden Music!

The Friends of Camden Music is a small group of people who are passionate about the provision of music for children in Camden. As fundraisers and volunteers at events and performances the Friends play a vital role in helping Camden Music Trust deliver a rich and ambitious programme. Joining the Friends of Camden Music is a way to make a real difference to Camden’s children by helping to give them access to music. If you’d like to get involved please email.

My son has trumpet lessons at school provided by Camden Music, that’s the work bit – Camjam on Saturdays and now Sundays Camden Big Band has enthused him, he absolutely loves playing with the other children in the groups – he can’t stop talking about it.”

Marion, mum of Jack aged 9.

Support us

If you value the musical opportunities that are available for children in Camden and would like to ensure that they continue to grow then please support our work.

Donate today to help deliver one of our many programmes that inspire children.


Buys performance preparation sessions for one young person at £15 per term x 3.


Buys the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam fee plus exam preparation and accompanist for exams.


Buys instrument hire at £35 per term x 3


Buys a mentor to work with a young person from the critical ages of 9/10 and where appropriate the mentor will encourage the young person to start GCSE music tuition at age 14.


Buys the opportunity for a young person to participate in the Saturday Centre at £100 per term plus free holiday ensemble x 3.


Buys instrumental lessons at £150 per term x 3 for one young person.


Buys a four year scholarship for a talented young musician.

Post a cheque payable to

Camden Music Trust
Camden Music Trust, Camden Music, The Crowndale Centre, 220 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1BD.

Make a regular gift by setting up a standing order

The Camden Music Trust
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Account no: 41711083
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Our Supporters

Camden Music Trust is very grateful to the amazing commitment and generosity of our existing supporters. We would like to extend a special thanks to the following organisations and individuals.

Funders & Supporters

Arts Council England,
The Andor Charitable Trust
Chapman Chariable Trust
The Derek Hill Foundation
Ernest Cook Trust
John Lyon’s Charity
R.K. Charitable Trust
The Clothworkers’ Foundation
The Fraenkel Charitable Trust
The Joseph Mindel Trust
The Richard Reeves Foundation
The Robert Gavin Charitable Trust
The Thistle Trust
The Wellcome Trust

Camden Music Service

Peter West, Head of Camden Music Service
Deborah Rees, Deputy Head
Camden Music Service
Marilyn Martin
Sheena Masson


Camden schools; teachers children & parents
EasyFundraising & the Giving Machine Shoppers
Friends of Camden Music
Highgate Choral Society
Sponsors of Hannah Sekkides & Daniel Emson-Jukes
Walk to Stuttgart contributors
Esther Caplin
Victoria Bridge
Anthony Mackintosh

Our Impact

Great musicians all have one thing in common – they discovered their love of music during childhood. The work that Camden Music Service does to ensure that all children in Camden have access to music lessons, ensembles, instruments and courses is second to none. They need and deserve our whole-hearted support.

Sir Mark Elder, CBE
Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is delighted to have an ongoing partnership with Camden Music Service. Working together for over ten years the two organisations have a similar ethos – that of inspiring young people in music making of the highest quality at whatever level they are. I believe the strength of an excellent arts organisation teaming up with a professional orchestra can give life changing opportunities to all those involved.

Cherry Forbes
Education Director, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

This is a completely uplifting endeavour in which thousands of children in a challenging inner city London Borough are given the chance to explore and develop the music that is within them. I confess to bias in this matter – I enjoy the honour of compering the wondrous bi-annual event at London’s Albert Hall.

This event alone speaks to the incredible spirit of music education in Camden. I am more than proud to support Camden Music Trust in nurturing, sustaining, and growing music in schools in Camden.

Jon Snow, Newscaster, Channel 4 News

Camden Music Service has played a pivotal part in my career as a musician/producer/educator. The help, knowledge and support they gave me was unconditional and I truly believe that their service is world class.

Mark Crown, Musician, Rudimental

Every two years, Camden Music Trust somehow manages to coordinate 2000 of the borough’s schoolchildren to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in a life-affirming event… .And what pours from the balconies and sloshes up from the assembled brass bands, ukulele troupes and jazz ensembles, is pride. A massive, collective, infectious grin, brimming with it.

Tom Kihl, Co-editor, Kentishtowner.

Contact us

For further information about the Camden Music Trust please contact Andrew Mckenzie on

For information about the music services offered by Camden Music Service please email or call 0207 974 7239/7232