Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust

Our Aims

Promoting diversity

HYOT aims to fully reflect Hackney’s diverse communities and promote equality of opportunity. It does this by following an open and transparent student admissions policy, offering a rich internationally influenced musical curriculum and by promoting accessibility through subsidised fees and low cost instrument hire.

Learning together

HYOT ensures that everyone in our music school benefits from the inspiration of playing alongside professional musicians. Children and young people of a wide range of ability play in Junior Orchestra, allowing beginners to be inspired by more advanced students, who in turn learn through supporting beginners. Chamber Orchestra gives more advanced students the opportunity to work on more challenging pieces. Our Summer School’s choir, orchestra and ensembles are arranged on similar principles.

Delivering impact

Music is important in its own right – HYOT makes 1:1 instrumental tuition accessible to local children and young people. Students who started with us when they were very young have progressed onto degree courses, where they have continued with their musical education and development. HYOT is also interested in a wider range of important education opportunities and benefits young people gain from taking up an instrument and playing in orchestras and ensembles.

Partnership Working

HYOT partners with the Hackney Music Service, the local authority and local, regional and national funders to ensure that our Saturday and holiday schools are effectively coordinated with other music provision and can be offered at a rate affordable to local residents. We also work creatively with our highly qualified tutors who are all professional musicians.


Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust offers a saturday school during term time and a summer school in late July
Music is her passion and finding an outlet for that in orchestra is great. Mladen is wonderfully reassuring so she is able to really enjoy herself. She bounces away proudly from each rehearsal.

Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust (HYOT) is a registered charity providing individual classical musical instrument and orchestral tuition to young people aged 6 to 21 in the London Borough of Hackney.

HYOT's musical director is Mladen Stankovic.

Saturday School

The Trust’s Saturday Music School has run continuously in Hackney since 1990.

We run in term time at Stoke Newington School.

There are 2 orchestras, Junior Orchestra runs from 10am to 10.45am and Chamber Orchestra from 11.30am to 12.20am.

There is a theory of music class from 9.25am to 10am, where students work from graded workbooks with assistance and supervision provided by the Music Director.

Many students take half hour individual instrumental tuition lessons on Saturdays too. Instruments taught include cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, French horn, oboe, percussion, trumpet, viola and violin.

There are also two introduction to music classes for students aged 6 to 8 years, where they learn to play the recorder and to start to read music.

Each year we present three public concert performances featuring the 2 orchestras, introduction to music groups and soloists.

Find out more about the Saturday School

Summer School

HYOT has also run a summer school for the last four years at the end of July, at either Berger Primary School in Homerton or Gainsborough Primary School in Hackney Wick.

Find out more about the Summer School

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