Animate Orchestra

Animate Orchestra offers young musicians in school years 5 to 13 opportunities to play together and create their own music in a 'Young Person's Orchestra for the 21st Century'.

Animate Orchestra

Our members experience the musical teamwork of playing in an orchestra, while bringing their own ideas to how orchestras of the future might look and sound. With specialist tutors and world class musicians as mentors and guides, courses are fun, sociable and musically adventurous. Members are from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and our music reflects their skills, knowledge and interests.


To take part you should:

  • Live or go to school in the London boroughs of Royal Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham or Southwark
  • Be in school years 5–13
  • Play an instrument, of any cultural background and with any level of experience. We welcome skills in music technology and DJ-ing. (There are some opportunities to sing in the ensemble, however singers/ MCs must also play an instrument)
  • Ideally have access to your own instrument
  • Be motivated and enthusiastic about music

Introducing Animate Orchestra

Find out what happens during an Animate Orchestra project.

How to join: Animate Local 2016

Are you a young musician in school years 5 -8 brimming with musical ideas? Do you live or go to school in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham, Royal Greenwich or Southwark? Visit the Animate website and contact your local Music Hub to discover Animate Orchestra! Please select your borough from the list below for more information about Animate in your area.

Animate Royal Greenwich
Animate Lambeth
Animate Lewisham
Animate Southwark

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Who's involved?

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Greenwich Music Service, Lambeth Music Service, Lewisham Music Service, Southwark Music Service and Greater London Authority with Southbank Centre, the O2 and Blackheath Halls.