Drum Works
'The best bits were Being with friends, working with professionals and performing'
Drum Works Participant (2011)

Barbican/Guildhall Creative Learning has been running Drum Works in east London schools for the past seven years. Run in partnership with Music Hubs and schools, we focus on developing young people individually, as artists/practitioners and collaborators It now reaches over 250 teenagers every week, and offers students the opportunity to perform in professional productions at the Barbican, in local community festivals and further afield.

The aim of this programme is to provide in school opportunities for musical development, group work and community cohesion. We work closely with the teachers and students in the school to ensure the programme is embedded into the life of the school and provide world class artists to deliver the programme.

The Drumheads is an ensemble of exceptionally talented young musicians that has grown out of the Drum Works programme in schools. Every other week, students who are accepted into this group work under the guidance of professional musicians to create their own, original beats that fuse grime, hip hop, funk, rock and dancehall. If selected to be a part of Drumheads the student will also be provided with mentoring opportunities, work placements and internships to continue thier own personal development.

The programme works in the following Music Hubs: Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Barking & Dagenham and Islington.

If your school would like to find out more about Drum Works please contact your local Music Hub lead organisation or creative.learning@barbican.org.uk