Drum Works uses drumming to inspire people creatively, give them confidence in their ideas and empower them to direct their own futures. Around 450 people take part every week through partner secondary schools, two senior ensembles and an adult group. All musical material is written collectively by participants, and has a fresh, original sound distinctive to the local east London community. Initially a Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning project, Drum Works launched as an independent organisation and Barbican Artistic Associate in 2016.
Creative Schools is a strategic planning and delivery model that aims to create a step change in how children, young people and schools access east London’s incredible arts and cultural opportunities. By bringing partners together from across the Culture and Education sectors in the East London Cultural Education Alliance (ELCEA), we are joining up experience, knowledge and expertise and exploring shared approaches to brokering, developing and delivering creative learning opportunities in schools.
The Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning programme is made possible through our generous supporters, who include Arts Council England, Allen & Overy, City Bridge Trust, The Dorothy Slate Trust, The National Foundation for Youth Music, Nomura, Osborne Clarke, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, SHM Foundation, UBS, the Worshipful Company of Barbers, Barbican Patrons and donors to the Barbican Fund.