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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. Trinity Laban delivers these projects in collaboration with local borough music hubs, with a particular focus on south London as part of the South Riverside Music Partnership.


Coming up soon: 

Animate Lewisham, Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 February 2023 (09:30-15:30)

This next February half-term, join other like-minded young musicians to take on a completely new creative challenge! Do you play an instrument or are you interested in taking your first steps in the world of music technology? Do you want to join other adventurous young musicians to create and perform your own music? This 2 day project is an introduction to Animate Orchestra, led by specialist tutors from Trinity Laban and Lewisham Music, aimed at ages 9 – 14, and ending in an informal performance sharing for family and friends.

Who is this project for?

  • Anyone who plays an instrument including music technology
  • Priority will be given to more experienced young musicians aged 9 – 14, who are grade 3 standard upwards (or equivalent)
  • Young people from Lewisham are particularly encouraged to apply! Also young people from Lambeth, Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark who have taken part in past Animate projects.


Lewisham Music, The Fellowship Inn (Randlesdown Rd, London SE6 3BT)

Applications are now open!

Course Fees:

If you would like to be contacted about this project, please get in touch with us: animate@trinitylaban.ac.uk

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Animate Lambeth 2022

Clapham Park Centre, SE2 4JW - Spring 2022

Our latest local project, delivered in partnership with Lambeth Music Service, explored the theme of storytelling through music. Over 30 young participants collaborated across 2 days, creating their own story and using different techniques to turn those storylines and characters into music, performed to a live audience at the end of the project.

Artistic Director: Alistair Walker. Music Tutors: Maddy Hamilton, Dave Darch, Daniel Smithson.

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Animate Online

28-30 October 2020

For 3 days across the October half term a group of young musicians worked together online with Trinity Laban tutors and students to create and record a new piece of music. The group created their own creatures in the style of Jorge Luis Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings, and their own instruments inspired by the sounds of the battlefield evoked by Heinrich Biber’s Battalia.

Participants described the project as:

“Exciting, awesome, and entertaining”
“Fun, creative, and interesting”

Artistic Director – Sarah Freestone. Music Tutors: Daniel Kemshell, Phil Veacock & Enoch Mukasa.

Watch Taco-Cat - A Story
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Animate Lewisham Next Gen

The Fellowship and Star, SE6 3BT - February 2020

This 3 day project was part of the 2020 Lewisham Live festival, which celebrated the best of music and dance performance from children and young people across Lewisham. Taking inspiration from the historic and newly refurbished venue and in particular its boxing roots, over 45 young musicians created a thrilling new piece which they performed in front of a packed audience!

Artistic Director – Sarah Freestone. Music Tutors: Joe Browne, Dave Darch & Thibault Blanchard. Supported by Animate Artist young mentors.

Animate Orchestra Online Presents:

Taco-Cat - A Story