Saturday School

Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust’s Saturday Music School is open to children and young people aged 5 to 21 years and offers high-quality, accessible and internationally influenced tuition that they can enjoy via individual and group musical experiences as part of a holistic programme of study. Saturday School takes place at Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form, London N16.

Many of our students take ABRSM and Trinity College London exams.

Students can apply for individual tuition and group activities or group activities only. We offer individual tuition in:

  • Strings – violin, viola, cello
  • Wind – clarinet, flute, recorder
  • Brass – trumpet
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Singing

For students who do not have their own instrument, we offer instrument hire from our own collection.

Tuition Options

  • All fees quoted are per term and correspond to ten teaching weeks.
  • Concessions are for families on a low income and/or on benefits.
  • Sibling discount: £40 off termly fees for 2nd child onwards.


Individual and group tuition for 7 to 21 year olds:

  • individual instrumental or vocal tuition, and
  • minimum two and maximum four Tutti classes

Individual lesson 30 minutes: £299 full fee, £80 concessions
Individual lesson 45 minutes: £384 full fee, £120 concessions
(The above fees include individual and group tuition)


Group tuition for 7 to 21 year olds:
– Any of the Tutti classes

  • One class: £115 full fee, £55 concessions
  • Two classes: £195 full fee, £80 concessions
  • Three or more classes: £245 full fee, £80 concessions

The Tutti classes are:

  • Primary Ensemble (Grades 0 to 1)
  • Junior Orchestra (Grades 2 to 3)
  • Theory and Aural Basics (Grades 0 to 1)
  • Theory and Aural Essentials (Grades 2 to 3)
  • Aural (Grades 6 to 8)
  • Vocal Ensemble (age based)

The repertoire in orchestras, instrumental and vocal ensembles is drawn from a variety of periods and styles, reflecting the diversity of music and composers.  In Music Appreciation, students learn about musical genres and styles, music analysis, world instruments, performance critique and other related matters that enhance their learning, appreciation and performance as young musicians. 


Avanti! is Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust’s group tuition for 5 to 7 year olds. Classes will start during the spring term 2022.

Each week for 30 sessions per year students will be able to take part in:

  • 30 minutes recorder group and
  • 50 minutes Singing and Musicianship class

Fees per term are:

  • Full fee £185
  • Concessionary fee £80

You can apply now using our online form by clicking on the button below. Or if you need more information before you apply, you can contact us by email at