Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Guildhall Connect: a large-scale programme using musical creativity to engage and inspire young people
The Guildhall Connect project has been a pioneer amongst music outreach programmes. Designed to develop musical creativity among young people, it involves a large number of schools and community organisations in East London, bringing younger players into contact with gifted young professional musicians in a rich programme of workshops that embrace everything from classical to popular music, western and non-western genres, as well as new works created through collaborative workshops, often involving other arts disciplines. The project is innovative and imaginative in its approach to communal creativity, composition and the fusion encouraged between different musical cultures and experiences, and makes a significant contribution to public policy in support of musical education.