Summer School

A group of HYOT students aged around 8 to 12 years, in the choir at one of our summer music schools.

Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust began holding summer music schools in Homerton or Hackney Wick in summer 2015. We have now held 5 summer music schools, where children and young people spend 3-5 days of the school holidays, taking part in music activities, including an orchestra, choir and instrumental ensembles as well as sports activities.

Our fifth and most recent summer music school was held in 2019, from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July at Berger Primary School (Anderson Road, London E9 6HB).

We plan to hold more holiday music schools in the future and will be publishing the dates here when we have more details.

Summer School 2019

In 2019, we held our fifth Music Summer School from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July at Berger Primary School (Anderson Road, London E9 6HB).

The Summer School was attended by 49 students aged 8 to 13 from Hackney and nearby schools. The students took part in a range of group activities, allowing them to learn new music skills and develop existing ones, as well as socialise, play and have lots of fun. Activities  included an orchestra, instrumental and vocal group sessions, a choir and music appreciation classes as well as playground and game activities. As with all our summer schools, musical activities were led by professional musicians and educators and all playground/game activities led by a youth worker and PE teacher.

On Friday 26th July we held a public concert where students showcased all that they had learnt throughout the week. The concert featured 3 compositions by Leopold Mozart (father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) whose 300-year anniversary falls in 2019.

A big thank you to the wonderful students who as well as enjoying a fun week of music-making, worked hard throughout the project to prepare for Friday’s inspiring concert.
A special thank you to all the staff who took part, sharing their skills and experience and putting so much energy into the project.

Tutors and Staff

  • Music Director: Vicky Yannoula (orchestra, choir, vocal group, piano). Also organisational, operational, artistic and educational management and planning of the project.
  • Brass: Tom Kwaterski
  • Strings: Joana Ly
  • Woodwind: Emily Cockbill
  • Youth Worker: Andre Stewart
  • Administrator: Heidi Bimpong