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 in venues across South London and are open to all, regardless of ability or musical experience. This year we had events at Lambeth Music Service, Evelyn Grace Academy and the Laban Building.

2) Animate Orchestra Performing Ensemble

You may be invited to a Performing Ensemble course. These intermediate ensembles are recruited from the boroughs of Royal Greenwich and Lewisham (Animate Orchestra EAST) or Lambeth and Southwark (Animate Orchestra WEST).

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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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Please note that Animate course fees will vary depending on venue and length of course. Details of fees for individual courses are listed on booking forms.

What's on?

Information regarding our courses for 2018/19 will be released soon! Watch this space or sign up to the mailing list by emailing Alternatively, for more information about Animate courses, please contact Loretta at or call 020 8305 4367.