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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.


Latest Project: Tuesday 31 May – Wednesday 1 June 2022

This Spring 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 and world-class musicians, 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 Lambeth are particularly encouraged to apply! Also young people from Lambeth, Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark who have taken part in past Animate projects.


Lambeth Music, Clapham Park Centre (Kingswood Road, Brixton Hill, London SW2 4JP)

The deadline for applications is Monday 16 May.


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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.

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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.

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Animate Lambeth

Clapham Park Centre, SW2 4JW – October 2019

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.

Animate Orchestra Online Presents:

Taco-Cat - A Story