CAMDEN MUSIC TRUST
We want every child in Camden to be able to access and enjoy music making - because we know it’s more than music.
Music helps educational development and wellbeing. 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, regardless of challenging circumstances. In Camden, where almost one third of children live in poverty, we help enable access for all by funding a broad range of inclusive music programmes delivered by the Camden Music Service.
For information on the music making opportunities offered by Camden Music Service
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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.
Our advocacy work is more important than ever. As we face the ongoing impact of COVID, increasing economic and social disruption, participation in music may become difficult for schools and families, particularly for families who face financial and special educational needs and disability (SEND) challenges. We advocate music for all Camden children.
Camden Music Trust will continue to work closely with the Camden Music Service to facilitate engagement and ensure take-up by children facing challenges.
"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 (2020)
"Music has a profound impact and the ability to shape 86 billion neurons in the brain for cognitive development, healing, and therapy. The “impact of music on the brain is wider than almost any other activity.”
Renee Fleming, international opera singer,
Sound Health: Music and the Mind (2019)
MAKING THE CASE FOR
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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
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 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
If you want ensure that musical opportunities remain available for children in Camden, then please support our work.
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