We place artists at the heart of our work and are committed to nurturing their boldest and most insightful work.

Excellent leadership is essential if music education projects are to be effective and of maximum benefit to participants. As well as running a range of projects, Spitalfields Music is committed to developing the next generation of music leaders and to supporting the existing generation. Our programmes are unique in our sector and represent our long-term commitment to the artists who work with local people in Tower Hamlets.

Current training programmes include:

Partnership with Royal Academy of Music: an ongoing partnership offering Royal Academy of Music students performance platforms, mentoring by world-class musicians and training for working in education and community settings.

Open Call: an open commissioning project that nurtures artists from diverse backgrounds to develop their compositional practice, testing new ways to connect their work to audiences.

Trainee Music Leaders scheme: a 12-month training programme for music leaders at the start of their careers to make their first steps in exploring work within learning and community settings. We also offer 20 additional places to attend Skills Lab training days of the scheme.

Here’s what some of our past trainees have said about their experiences:

I felt that throughout each project I developed more confidence to connect with new groups of pupils/adults and also I learned a lot from the team members that I had around me – not just the lead artist but also supporting musicians and the other trainees too. I learned a lot more about the style that I have when workshop leading and how to compose/use appropriate songs and material

I learnt from observation, fun ways to approach teaching a complex piece of music to young children and how to encourage them to develop their own creative approach to varying the material

I realised I was able to compose under pressure. I learnt the importance of stating who you want to be in present tense and it suddenly being realised, especially when Spitz family stated I was a composer and suddenly I had written a piece for Halley school

Advice to future trainees – plan your time well, ask loads of questions, talk and listen to everyone you can, and just go for it! Get stuck in because there is no other time when you can try loads of things out in such a safe environment and with so many people to help, support you and to learn from.