The North Kensington Children's Orchestra uses music to transform the lives of 370 children in West London. The majority of children we support come from North Kensington, a disadvantaged neighbourhood impacted by the Grenfell tragedy. We believe that all children deserve the same chance to succeed, whatever their background. That's why any child can join our project free of charge.
Running a free youth orchestra during the cost-of-living crisis is challenging but with your support we can continue to provide our free programme to all 370 of our talented young musicians. During the pandemic we were proud to have offered continuity at a time when young people needed hope, solidarity and friendship more than ever before. With your support we can continue to provide an outstanding musical education to our students, enabling them to fulfil their true potential.
Our young musicians have worked so hard this year, with three more of our students gaining acceptance into the Royal College of Music Junior Department, a further student joining the Chineke! Junior orchestra and 15 students accepted into the National Schools Symphony Orchestra. Your support will ensure their incredible progress continues.
We teach music because it has a powerful effect on a child's development. Access to high-quality music education is a particular issue in our community where 1 in 4 children live in poverty. Our free project is accessible to any child aged 0-18, whatever their level of musical experience and background. Our intention is to create opportunity, break down social barriers and inspire. Being part of an orchestra is about building confidence and independence as well as creating lifelong friendships.