Project information

OAE's String Club 2016-17

The OAE String Club enables talented children, who live in disadvantaged inner city areas, to participate in high quality music making, achieve their musical potential and encourage their personal and wider educational development.

September 2016 - July 2017

Charity information: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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  • Need


    Our strong artistic vision for music education seeks to alleviate the disadvantages and challenges that children face such as poverty and physical and learning disabilities. The schools we will work with are in Islington and have intakes from neighbourhoods with high indices of social deprivation, above average levels of child poverty, and a higher percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals.


    OAE String Club has been designed to offer opportunities to those who might not otherwise access first class music making and to be as inclusive as possible. Most young people we reach in London would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a live orchestra up close. We work with our local partners to ensure that children with the least access to opportunities are encouraged and included.To sing and play with professional musicians can be an inspiration.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable children who live in disadvantaged areas to participate in high quality music making.


    » String club comprises a series of thirty instrumental lessons across the academic year. Participants receive teaching, coaching and inspiration.

    Achievements will be celebrated in sharing sessions at the end of term in performances to participants friends and family. Feedback will be received from participants and teachers.

    Aim 2

    To complement the concert giving activity of the OAE and to share our passion for the music we play.


    » Our activity is flexible and often looks different in each setting but always has at its heart the repertoire, instrument and players of the OAE.

    We will show success by involving people in our work who wouldn't normally come to a formal concert in a more dynamic and appropriate setting, allowing them to engage with music.

  • Impact


    The long-term nature of the relationship with schools and the combination of professional musicians working with young people on a regular basis ensures that we can form strong links with our participants, developing and encouraging their understanding and passion of music as they become part of the extended OAE community.


    1.Reduction in resources/ staff in partnership schools due to spending cuts.
    Ongoing process of working with partners to mitigate reductions in public expenditure through raising income from other sources and adjustment of budgets and priorities. Partner schools have long histories of commitment to music activities.
    2.Loss of a key member of the OAE Education Team.
    Knowledge is shared within the Education Team and we have a large pool of musicians who are qualified to lead sessions in schools.


    Yearly evaluation reports will be sent to funders and other stakeholders with an overview of the development of the progress of the String Club programme as a whole, as well as testimonials from participants and teachers that will demonstrate first-hand the success of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,350

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,525 Lesson Blessed Sacrament school violin, cello and bass lessons
      £3,575 Ensemble Ensemble at Blessed Sacrament school
      £3,000 Project Elizabeth Garrett Anderson fusion or orchestral projects
      £3,000 Events Special culmination events with Blessed Sacrament Ensemble
      £3,000 Project St Mary Magdalene Academy fusion project
      £3,250 costs Project costs i.e. replacement strings/ refreshments for String club, management and contingency

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Golden Bottle Trust £3,000 Guaranteed
    Partner funding from schools and Islington Music Education Hub £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    OAE String Club will take place at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Primary School and we would also like to offer opportunities for Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Secondary School (EGA) and St Mary Magdalene Academy to be involved. All three schools are based in Islington and Blessed Sacrament and EGA both have intakes from neighbourhoods with high indices of social deprivation, above average levels of child poverty, and a high percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals.


    OAE String Club currently benefits up to 100 young people age between the ages of 7-16 annually. We hope that the scope of the project will increase so that we may reach more children in 2016-17. As well as directly benefitting the participants, we can enhance curriculum teaching at many levels - building skills for teachers and students, encouraging teamwork between students and creating a strong and engaging academic and creative education foundation.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The OAE is one of the world's leading period instrument orchestras and has earned a reputations for delivering consistently excellent standards in concert and in the classroom. We design and deliver an education and outreach programme that is bespoke and adaptable to meet the needs of participants. The 10,000 people we work with annually include toddlers, school children, conservatoire students, disabled children and young adults, elderly people and other members of the wider community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cherry Forbes

    Education Director, OAE

    Jenny Bullock

    cellist and lead teacher on the project

    Norah Flately

    Headteacher, Blessed Sacrament Primary School