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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.

To take part, you should:

  • be aged 9-14
  • play an instrument of any kind and with any level of experience – we also welcome young people with skills in music technology
  • ideally, have access to your own instrument
  • be interested in creating your own music

Recent Projects

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.

Amongst the highlights for participants were:

“Creating your own ideas”
“Making music and experimenting”


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.

Animate Lewisham Next Gen

18 – 20 February 2020
Address: The Fellowship and Star, 10 Randlesdown Road, Bellingham, London, SE6 3BT

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 local Lewisham

Animate Lambeth

22 – 23 October 2019
Address: Clapham Park Centre, Kingswood Road, London, SW2 4JW

This Autumn half-term project included lots of young musicians having their first experience of Animate, and it was a huge success.

Amongst the highlights for participants were:

“Getting to play the instrument I love with other people”
“It was interesting because it was imaginative”
“Being able to compose some music and playing in an ensemble”


Artistic Director: Jason Rowland. Music Tutors: Alistair Walker, Gary Day, Miriam Wakeling.