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’.

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, our 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.

What is Animate Orchestra?

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What do you need to take part?

To take part, you should:

  • live or go to school in the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham, Royal Greenwich or Southwark;
  • be in school years 5 – 13;
  • play an instrument, of any cultural background and with any level of experience - we welcome young people with skills in music technology into our designated music technology section;
  • ideally have access to your own instrument; and
  • be motivated and enthusiastic about creating your own music.

How can you take part?

There are three main 'tiers' to Animate Orchestra:

1) Animate Local Courses

These courses are delivered by local music hubs and Trinity Laban and are open to all, regardless of ability or musical experience.

Coming up:

Animate Experience Day
Sunday 22 April 2018
Ark Evelyn Grace Academy
255 Shakespeare Road, Brixton, SE24 0QN

Due to unforeseen circumstances this day has been cancelled.  Please contact Ellie Cowan for further information on, 020 8305 4367

Animate Local Course at the Laban Building
Sunday 27 May 2018
Laban Building, Creekside, SE8 3DZ

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Animate Local Course at the Lambeth Music Centre
Tuesday 29 May 2018
Lambeth Music Centre, Clapham Park Centre, Kingswood Road, London, SW2 4JW​

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This course will be run by Lambeth Music Service> and the book now button above will redirect you to a Lambeth Music Service form for booking.

Please note that Animate course fees will vary depending venue and length of the course. Details of fees for individual courses are listed on booking forms. For more information about the Animate Local Courses, please contact Loretta at


2) Animate Orchestra Performing Ensemble

You may be invited to a Performing Ensemble course. These intermediate ensembles are recruited from Animate participants from the boroughs of Royal Greenwich, Lewisham Lambeth and Southwark.

For more information, email or call 020 8305 4367.

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3) Animate Artists

For our most experienced members, Animate Artists provides a more creatively challenging experience for young musicians through longer term cross-arts collaborations, performances and events.

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