transforming young lives and communities through music

The Mayor of Islington's Charity 2015/16

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"His confidence and behaviour have markedly improved"


Your support could have a transformational impact on many young lives. The musical and personal achievements of the children participating in the Music First programme have continued to surpass expectations. Children, parents, carers, teachers and classroom assistants are all telling us that Music First’s intervention is improving confidence, self-esteem, behaviour, team skills and aspiration in the participants.


The Deputy Head of St. Mark’s CE Primary School said “It has increased the self-esteem of many of the pupils and has given children the chance to shine … In particular, I have noticed a mature and responsible attitude developing in several boys in the class who have discovered a talent in their musical ability.”


A Year 6 boy began learning the violin six months ago. Since joining Music First’s Highbury Grove School Hub, a transformation has happened. He is now enthusiastic, shows a strong ability to compose music, and he takes pride out of his musical progression.


Remember: a little from you can make a BIG difference to someone else. Here is a cost breakdown to show what your donation, however big or small, will go towards.


Essential instrument maintenance and repair


One hour's tuition with a qualified music tutor for children at a Music First Hub


A cultural partner to work with Music First for one week of the year


One instrument for a Music First child to practice on for a year


All the sheet music and accreditation resources required at a Music First Hub for a year


One tutor at a Music First Hub for a term


One Music First cultural partner for a year

Our supporters

We are delighted to have been selected as the Mayor of Islington’s chosen charity for 2015-16 and have embarked on a programme of fundraising activities to make the most of this opportunity. The Mayor is keen for these funds to help more children to benefit from Music First.


Islington Council has repeated their commitment of £20,000 for the coming year, which is a tremendous demonstration of their support for Music First.


We are very grateful for the support of the following organisations:


Awards for All


The John Ryder Memorial Trust


M&G Investments


The Dame Alice Owen Foundation


The Wingate Foundation


The Sir John Cass Foundation


The Metropolitan Masonic Charity


The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust


The Goldsmiths' Company Charity


The Wixamtree Trust

Our friends

SoundsCreative Projects -


SoundsCreative Projects is a social enterprise that conjures up engaging ways of gathering people of all ages together through playful, high quality musical experiences.   Through musical workshops, neighbourhood projects and performance events, SoundsCreative aims to encourage collaboration, create conversations and connect people.  Projects are run in music venues, art galleries & schools and co-created with like-minded arts organisations.


As a friend of Music First we work together to run creative workshop sessions across both primary hubs and currently run the SoundsCreative Ensemble (a creative band for young instrumentalists who want to have fun exploring & composing ideas together) in partnership with Music First scholarship support.

National Orchestra for All (NOFA) -


The National Orchestra for All (NOFA), works with young people aged 11-18 from across England. Inspired by El Sistema’s vision of music as a vehicle for social transformation, NOFA is aimed at young people who are passionate about music but, through no fault of their own, face barriers to musical progress and music-making. NOFA’s players are of all standards and do not audition. Instead, they are nominated for commitment and dedication to music by teachers and music educators working in some of the most difficult schools and education authorities in the country. Secondary aged students from Music First have been nominated by Music First hub leaders to join the orchestra since 2012

Arts First -


Arts First is the lead organisation for the Islington Music Education Hub. Working alongside our many partners we aspire to deliver the best possible music education opportunities to children and young people and to work with community and professional musicians to make Islington a music rich borough. Music First is a unique music charity within our music education hub and we strive to support it by introducing professional orchestras to the children of Music First to build performance opportunities and intensive involvement with

professional musicians.

Music First

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Brewers Hall

Aldermanbury Square

London EC2V 7HR

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