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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.

Animate Online

28 – 30 October

Do you play any instrument or are starting to make music digitally? Do you want to join other adventurous young musicians to connect and collaborate on-screen, and create music as an ensemble? Led by an expert Trinity Laban tutor team, this three-day online Animate Orchestra project will culminate in everyone recording together the music created.

This project is aimed at all curious and creative young musicians aged 9-14, whether you’re completely new to Animate, or have taken part in a project previously. Priority will be given to young people based in south east London, and in particular from Greenwich.

To take part, you should:

  • Be aged 9-14
  • Play an instrument of any kind – we also welcome young people with skills in music technology
  • Have any level of experience on your instrument, although priority will be given to those with at least Grade 2 or equivalent (you do not need to have taken any formal tests)
  • Be interested in creating your own music

We recommend that you also have access to:

  • Your instrument and somewhere for you to play it, without the distraction of background noise
  • Reliable internet access across each project day
  • A device (phone/tablet/computer) that will enable you to take part in Zoom meetings, and that you can record audio and video onto
  • Headphones that can be plugged into your device
  • If possible, capacity to print out music resources we may send you, or another device to read these off

Fees to participate in Animate Online are as follows:

  • £25 full fee
  • £12.50 sibling discount fee
  • £8 fee if in receipt of Pupil Premium or Free School Meals

If the cost involved is a barrier to taking part, please do contact us directly and we can discuss this further.

To apply to take part in Animate Online please fill in our application form.

The deadline for applications is Monday 19th October. Places on the course are limited, so we may not be able to offer everyone a place; we will aim to let everyone know if their application has been successful by Wednesday 21st October at the latest.


In June 2020, Animate Orchestra moved online to encourage young musicians across the country to explore their creativity and make music together from their own homes.

Self-Isolate | Create | Animate

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

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Animate Artists Online

A group of young musicians worked remotely to collaborate and create a brand new piece of music.

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What is Animate Orchestra?

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Animate Courses feature

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

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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