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Royal Albert Hall, Royal College of Music and Aurora Orchestra launch London Tri-borough Arts Council music hub

26 September, 2012

Iconic UK venue and charity the Royal Albert Hall last night hosted, in its Elgar Room, the launch of the new Tri-borough Music Hub supported by Arts Council England. The hub, with its strategic partners, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Music and Aurora Orchestra, will direct its delivery partners in providing music services to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster City Councils for all children between the ages of 5-18.

The strategic partners hosted the evening to celebrate the launch of the new Tri-borough Music Hub and their partnership in shaping the way music is taught in over 150 schools.

The evening featured musical performances by Inspire Works, Royal College of Music Ensemble, Inner Voices and the BBC Symphony Orchestra Ensemble, demonstrating a small amount of the wealth of musical talent and experience contained within the hub. The event was attended by Moira Sinclair, Executive Director of the Arts Council England and The Mayors and Councillors from the boroughs together with education representatives from the strategic and delivery partner organisations. Also in attendance were headteachers from some of the 150 schools in the three boroughs who were informed of the range of educational events and schemes that would be available for their schools within the hub.
Chris Cotton, CEO of the Royal Albert Hall said, “We see it as a great responsibility to be involved in strategically planning music education in schools and, alongside the Royal College of Music and Aurora Orchestra, we are extremely honoured to have been appointed in this role. One of our key aims as a charity, as it is with our partners, is to inspire, influence and champion the future of music in the UK and we believe we can make a real difference and offer further arts education to schools in our surrounding boroughs.  We look forward to developing some inspiring education programmes.”

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director of the Arts Council England commented, “The new hubs will, over time, see a significant shift in the way music education is delivered, both in and out of school.  We have chosen a variety of organisations to work together in their local area.  By pooling resources and developing powerful collaborations, we believe that access to inspiring music making for children and young people will be improved, more opportunities for outstanding teachers to learn from each other will be created and the range of musical experiences on offer will grow.  I look forward to seeing the results.”
Jean Carter, Tri borough Music Hub Service Manager added, “It is an exciting time for music education. Working with partners gives the opportunity to look at music provision from a multi-layered perspective in order to enhance the music offer for all children. We are delighted to be working in strategic partnership with the Royal Albert Hall, Royal College of Music and Aurora as well as all our delivery partners. The combined efforts of all those involved will help to fulfil our mission: to provide opportunities for all children to develop a life-long love of music and realise their musical potential whilst developing their personal and social identity”

As strategic leaders in the Tri-borough Hub, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Music and Aurora Orchestra, working with Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster, will ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, develop their skills, and to play with other children as part of an ensemble or choir through their own projects and those of the delivery partners within the hub.

 The appointment is further endorsement of the Hall’s ongoing commitment to provide innovative and inclusive music education programmes for all.  The Royal Albert Hall is already a major sponsor of Music for Youth throughout the country and continues to grow in its commitment to engage with partners to champion youth music and support young people who might otherwise have little opportunity to experience live performance or visit the Hall.

Over £171 million of Arts Council funding is being invested in 122 hubs across the UK, with each being responsible for their local area.


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About Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events. Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, and a registered charity operating without public funding, it remains true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with over 120 events in the state-of-the-art Elgar Room, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers. It also works extensively with schools and young people through its Education programme, reaching over 100,000 participants each year.

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About Royal College of Music
Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music (RCM) is one of the world’s leading conservatoires. With around 750 students from more than 60 countries studying at undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral level, the RCM is a community of talented and open-minded musicians where excellence, individuality, creativity and diversity are prized.

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About RCM Sparks
RCM Sparks is the Royal College of Music’s ground-breaking Learning and Participation programme. Through a series of inspirational workshops, courses and specially tailored performances, RCM Sparks offers a wide range of opportunities to people of all ages and abilities.

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About Aurora Orchestra
Founded in 2005, Aurora Orchestra has rapidly established itself as the most significant new British orchestra in a generation, with a reputation for adventurous cross-art form partnerships, innovative programming, and for the engagement of new and particularly younger audiences. Recent projects have included major televised family performances for the BBC Proms in collaboration with Aardman Animation (creators of Wallace and Gromit), and CBBC’s award-winning Horrible Histories series. Guided by the conviction that orchestral music should be accessible, alive and relevant to the broadest possible audience, Aurora’s activities extend to myriad settings beyond the concert hall, with a varied programme of work in schools, hospitals and other community settings.

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