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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’.

Bringing together young people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and musical interests, Animate courses are fun, sociable and musically adventurous. With specialist tutors and world-class musicians as mentors and guides, projects take place across the year – usually in school holidays or at weekends – and range from introductory 1-3 day courses; more intensive performance projects, and; Animate Artists, exciting collaborations with other artists and art forms aimed at more experienced young musicians.

This June, Animate Orchestra is moving online to encourage young musicians across the country to explore their creativity and make music together from their own homes. There are two projects taking place: 

Self-Isolate | Create | Animate

A weekly video series of creative musical challenges for you to respond to.

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Animate Artists Online

Connect up with other young musicians online to create music together. 

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What is Animate Orchestra?

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Animate Local

Taking place during school holidays, Animate Orchestra local courses are usually of 1 to 3 days duration and are open to all, regardless of ability or musical experience. Led by specialist tutors and world-class musicians, they introduce a range of creative skills (such as composition and improvisation) and musical skills (such as listening to and playing with others). At the end of each course the ensemble shares the music made in an informal performance to friends and family. 

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Recent Animate Performances

Summer Performance Project, June 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Southbank Centre, 17.00, FREE

Working together over the course of four weekends to create their own music, Animate Orchestra's latest generation of young musical adventurers performed at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer, in front of a huge audience.  

Taking place on the same day as Junior Trinity's Summer Concert, the piece took creative inspiration from Leo Geyer's composition 'Vortex' which was featured in that concert, and mixed overlapping time signatures, jazz influences and a sense of the unhinged'! 

Animate Artists

Animate Artists courses bring together experienced young musicians in exciting collaborations with other artists and art forms, taking place on a project-by-project basis at weekends and during school holidays. These courses normally last for a minimum of 4 days.

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History of Animate Orchestra

Animate Orchestra began in 2011 and since then has grown and developed. To read more about Animate, please click below:

Animate - Past, Present and Future

Contact us:

For more information, please see below:

General enquiries:  | 020 8305 4454

Mailing List: Email with your name, the name and date of birth of your child and the instrument(s) that they play.

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