Learning & Participation


Neighbourhood Schools Partnership Project (2020)

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Over the course of three days in January ‘20, 35 pupils from Swanlea Secondary School with music leaders from Spitalfields Music and the Chineke! Foundation created new music – playing, singing, improvising, and composing in small groups and as a larger combined ensemble, culminating in a musical performance to their peers.

Their instrumental compositions were inspired by the stories of four BAME composers: Amanda Aldridge (1866-1956), Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892-1988), and Chevalier de St George (1745-1799). The pupils explored the theme of resilience, the importance of staying in touch with history and honouring those whose voices have been forgotten.

The project encouraged young people to continue playing instruments and inspired them to make music collaboratively, building their musical, compositional and creative skills. In doing so, they uncovered creative pathways to expand their musical horizons and aspirations.

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Students’ thoughts after 2020 project:

“I discovered that I have a beautiful voice.”

“It was so inspirational – learning to experience music boosted my confidence.”  

“It was fun, creative and encouraging. It inspired me to do more singing.”