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

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning aims to provide a range of arts projects to people of all ages, covering a diverse range of styles, genres and disciplines including music making opportunities.

  • Organisation Type: Cultural organisation


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


Three most commonly faced challenges

Special educational needs, Mental health problems, Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Improvisation, Performance, Technology, Training, Youth leadership


African, Contemporary classical, Dance electronic, Folk, Garage, Grime, Hip Hop, Indian classical, Jazz & blues, Music theatre, Opera, Pop and Rock, Rap MC, Reggae, Roots, South American, Western Classical

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning:

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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)