We want every child in Camden to enjoy music making - because it’s more than music. Through music, the foundations of learning are strengthened, helping to build confidence and sociability as well as academic achievement and creativity. In this way aspirations are raised and children's life chances open up.
Camden Music Trust provides inclusivity in music education in Camden. We believe that music is an essential part of the school curriculum through which to reach and engage all children equally. In Camden almost a third of children live in poverty, we help enable access by funding inclusive music programmes delivered by the Camden Music Service.
We provide funding for musical instruments, inclusive music programmes, ensembles and groups and music scholarships
Funding introductory music lessons for children most affected by the pandemic to allow them to experience the therapeutic nature of music, with a view to encouraging them to continue with music learning.
The Camden Schools' Music Festival 2020 was another amazing event, showcasing the talents of over 2,000 children from Camden's primary and secondary schools. The concert included a range of musical genres and styles and was truely spectacular. We provide part funding towards this event. Click the link below to experience the event!
The project included 120 children from hard-to-reach families, from across the borough. This wonderful music programme aimed to reach and engage children who would not usually participate in music projects. The inclusive programme culminated in a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2020.
Jazz Connect is a groundbreaking 2-year Camden based music programme that aims to increase awareness of jazz amongst children and young people. One aim was also to target and encourage the involvement of young women in jazz. This innovative project is the brainchild of Camden Music Hub partners, conservatoires and professional musicians and was hugely successful.
The project involved 30 children, aged 8-10, and parents from local primary schools in one of Camden's most deprived wards. The children came together to practice and then to play as part of an orchestra, creating a special sound, building a love of music and making friends.
A collaborative music programme that included pupils and teachers from four Camden Schools who worked with students from the Royal Academy of Music and players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. What was created and performed was truely special.
We currently support over 35 children through our scholarship programme. Our scholarships ensure that musically talented children from low-income families living in Camden can continue to fulfil their potential. The scholarship scheme has had a hugely positive impact to long-term involvement with music.
A team of over 20 supporters took part in a 10k sponsored run to raise over £17k to fund the purchase of new, and restoration of pre-loved, instruments. As a result of the funding we continue to make quality violins, cellos and moreare available for children living in the borough for affordable loan.
We provide funding towards the biennial Camden Schools' Music Festivals. This is Camden's flagship music event that captures the energy, inclusivity and musical talent in our borough. The concerts have organised for over 20 years, making lifetime memories for many living in Camden.
"Music provides many important processes for children and young people including cognitive stimulation, social support, and emotional expression, and it is a form of education skills development that is fun and easily engaged in. Research has shown a wide range of benefits for health and development including a reduction in anxiety, improvements in immune activity, and increases in self-esteem".
Dr Daisy Fancourt MA(Oxon) MM PhD FHEA FRSPH, Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology, University College London