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A networked approach to promoting meaningful musical pathways for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

Animate Orchestra

Animate Orchestra is a Young Person’s Orchestra for the 21st Century. Young people create their own new music inspired by existing orchestral repertoire and influenced by their own tastes and styles. Activities include holiday courses, high profile performance opportunities, 1 day projects and membership to our Backstage scheme giving young people ticket offers and other opportunities across London.

  • Organisation Type: Youth ensemble / orchestra / choir


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Proportion of the young musicians who face aspects from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation


Three most commonly faced challenges

Economic deprivation, Special educational needs, Asylum Seeker

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Youth leadership, Training, Technology, Performance, Music and movement, Improvisation, Composition/songwriting


Western Classical, Pop and Rock, Opera, Music theatre, Jazz & blues, Hip Hop, Folk, Contemporary classical

What does meaningful musical progression looks like for the participants you work with?

“we aim to open young people’s horizons to higher education and break down the barriers to progression by opening our doors to young people from all backgrounds.”

– Helen Hendry, Widening Participation Manager: Learning & Participation (Music), Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Animate Orchestra are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Animate Orchestra:

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Definition of Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:

For more information see: - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)