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 1-2 day courses; more intensive performance projects, and; Animate Artists, exciting collaborations with other artists and art forms aimed at more experienced young musicians.

What is Animate Orchestra?

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Upcoming Animate Courses

Taking place during school holidays, Animate Orchestra local courses are usually of 1 or 2 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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Animate Orchestra Performances

Summer Performance - 29 June 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Southbank Centre, 17.00, FREE

Hear music specially created over the course of four weekends by Animate Orchestra’s latest generation of musical adventurers – young musicians from across South London who have been working alongside professional music leaders and Trinity Laban students.

Taking place on the same day as Junior Trinity's Summer Concert, this new piece takes creative inspiration from Leo Geyer's composition 'Vortex' which will be featured in the later concert. 

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: animate@trinitylaban.ac.uk  | 020 8305 4390

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

Or follow us on Twitter to see out latest announcements: @AnimateOrch