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


Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES) is the lead organisation for the Music Education Hub in both Tower Hamlets and The City of London. Working closely with all schools, we provide regular quality music and arts education opportunities for all children and young people in both Tower Hamlets and the City. We also work in partnership with local and national Arts organisations to offer our schools the best opportunities for enhancing their curriculum work.

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub


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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, English as a second language

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Tower Hamlets
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Composition/songwriting, Improvisation, Instrumental tuition, Music and movement, Performance, Untuned percussion, Vocal


Contemporary classical, Hip Hop, Jazz & blues, Pop and Rock, South American, Western Classical

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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)