News / Events in music-The Carnival Project


We are ready to accept bookings  for 2019-2020 .Good progress have been observed in all summer term projects.We are approaching the end of each project and there will be some amazing performances to be observed including some great samba fusions!!!!!!!!!!! There is a possibility of the Carnival project Bateria at the Woolwich festival procession 2020. We will keep you informed.


We were very delighted  to have the Hackney Bateria and Carnival Project Bateria at the back of the procession.The rhythms were enlightening and powerful and rocked all the way to St.Paul's .We hope to have this group here again next year (2016) and place them in the front of the procession.
City of London festival children's procession organiser, Jedda.
Here is a link to the Hackney Bateria at Hackney Empire photos by the Hackney Gazette
Here is a link to the Hackney Bateria meets St.Pauls Way school at the Hackney Empire 2013.

This is a link to Dynamix a African Drumming and Dancing children troupe.Unfortunately no video footage of Dynamix collaborating with the Hackney Bateria  at Tate Modern or the Round Chapel can be found,but here are Dynamix at the Royal Albert Hall 2013

Dynamix at the Hackney Empire

HACKNEY EMPIRE(November 2011)

Hackney’s young musicians have been praised by royalty – as they prepare to perform in front of hundreds of people at the Hackney Empire.

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent stunned young music makers in the borough by mentioning them during an appearance on the primetime where she talked about the importance of music education.

She said: “Someone wonderful at The Learning Trust in Hackney recognised that rhythm is the most uniting language amongst the 40-50 languages spoken in there. We are finding the most wonderful Samba bands [in the borough] and I’d like to see some of them perform at the opening of the Olympics.”From the Alan Titchmarsh show"
For now, the Samba band is gearing up to perform at The Learning Trust’s second ever Gala Concert which will take place at the Hackney Empire on Thursday 10 November at 6.30pm. Bridge Academy student Terence Telfer said:

“I started learning Samba in my primary school, London Fields, when the Hackney Music Service placed an after school band there, and I’ve been playing ever since. I worked my way up to being part of the Hackney Bateria and this gave me the chance to play for the Duchess of Kent at the Tate Modern and other place like the Festival Hall and in Birmingham, for the finals of the Music for Youth festival. We also played in the City of London Festival parade and every year at the Hackney Schools Music Festival. It’s just the best thing ever.”

Over 200 schoolchildren will perform a diverse repertoire at the concert, from orchestral symphonies to jazz improvisation and gospel singing. This concert features some of the most gifted and talented musical pupils in Hackney and will also feature former pupils who are now studying at music college.

James Thomas, Acting Head of the Music Service, said: “Hackney is home to some of the best young musicians around and I’m delighted that Katharine, the Duchess of Kent has recognised this so publicly. We’d urge local residents to come along to our Gala concert in November to see our performers in action before they go on to what I’m confident will be bigger and better things.”



We were so pleased to have the Hackney Bateria group as part of the Procession.The powerful and very rhythmically tight music at the back of theProcession line really kept the energy going throughout - we hope to bein touch next year!Once again, thank you for taking the time to pass on your thoughts -it's emails like this that help us to make the event better and better. All the best for a lovely summer,Corinne(City Of London Festival Organisation)



Young musicians from London’s ten Olympic and Gateway boroughs came together to perform a vibrant one-off musical extravaganza at Sadler’s Wells on Thursday 11th March.  “Gateway 2 Music” was hosted by top celebrity presenter Claire Sweeney and brought together 350 young performers in an event which celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Jack Petchey Foundation.

“Gateway 2 Music” was a unique collaboration between Music Services from the boroughs over the last two years.  The event showcased a dazzling display of music and song featuring a variety of styles and original compositions which enthralled the audience.

“Gateway 2 Music” was made possible through the support and the funding of the Jack Petchey Foundation and was attended by Jack Petchey OBE, various London Mayors and representatives from the many organisations that have received funding from the Foundation.  In its 10 year history the Foundation has awarded £65 million to projects and programmes across London and Essex that support young people aged 11-25.

Jack Petchey OBE said “It’s not just about the money.  It’s more about what these young people can achieve given support no matter what their circumstances.  They learn new skills, find out more about themselves and feel good as a result.  It shows what they can do with support and encouragement from organisations like us.  I am very proud of what has been achieved and that we really are making a difference to young lives.”

A special birthday cake was presented to Jack Petchey to mark the 10th anniversary with James Kinch, aged 13, from the Petchey Academy and Sam Bayliss, aged 18, from Essex Boys and Girls Clubs on hand to help him cut it.

Trudy Killcullen, Chief Operations Officer, highlighted that as a result of its work 70,000 young people have been publicly recognised; 100,000 through the out of school hours programmes, 54,00 through the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge; ‘Step Into Dance’ has brought regular dance sessions to 5,600 young people; 4,200 adults have received Leader Awards; 2,500 young disabled people have competed in the Panathlon Challenge; 80 Summer Uni initiatives and 2,000 Achievement Award schemes have been set up across London and Essex.

The theme of “Gateway 2 Music” was endeavour and as the countdown to London’s 2012 Olympics continues “Gateway 2 Music” demonstrated the huge cultural potential that young people in London have to offer. This potential is being spearheaded by the Music Services from the ten participating Boroughs. The role of the Borough Music Service is to nurture young musical talent by providing music tuition in schools as well as one-to-one and group tuition to young people.

The ten boroughs taking part in the event were Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Two pieces of original work were loved by the audience.  “Dig Deep” was composed by Peter Churchill who has been working as a composer, pianist, singer and teacher for 20 years.  He recently completed almost 20 years teaching at the Guildhall School of Music and is now Profession of Jazz Composition at the London’s Royal Academy of Music.

“The Gateway” was composed by Tim Steiner best known as a specialist in devised and collaborative performance.  This piece is viewed as an anthem for the future; a gateway to musical ambition, hope, success and fulfillment.  Tim is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Celebrity host Claire Sweeney said “I loved it!  It was inspirational, had raw energy, talent, kids having fun and feeling great.  Jack Petchey is an absolute inspiration.  I am thrilled to be asked to be a Patron of the Foundation.”

Claire Sweeney interviewed some of the performers including Ryan Linham from Havering Music Academy.  Ryan, aged 18, took up playing the trumpet age the age of nine.  “I wanted to be cool like my friend but he packed up three weeks later and by then I really loved it.”  Ryan is a member of the Junior Royal Academy which meets on Saturdays and he wants to follow his older brother who is doing a degree in Jazz.

The event was supported by the Archant Group which has papers throughout London Boroughs.


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