On the ninth day of the Winter Festival…

Spitalfields Music sent to me… recordings and pictures from last week’s Winter Wonderland project at Toynbee Hall. Winter Wonderland brought together young people with special educational needs from across Tower Hamlets. Working together with Spitalfields Music, Drake Music, Map Squad and Toynbee Hall alongside music leaders Roshi Nasehi and Gary Day the participants devised, workshopped…

Phoenix Memories

You may remember reading Rus Pearson’s blog (and if not you can here!) about working with pupils at Phoenix School earlier this year. With the project over and the performance done, Programme Manager Cathy Birch went back to school to talk over their memories and experiences – a visit from which has emerged this audio blog.…

Making music at Phoenix School

This term we’re working with the fantastic students from Phoenix School, who for the first time, will be joining other students from Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES) for the Platform event this Summer. Rus Pearson has been working with the students and tells us more about his experience. As part of this…

At the Cherry Trees

For a number of years we have been working with The Cherry Trees School in Bow and its extraordinary pupils, who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties. Workshop leader Roshi Nasehi reflects on their most recent work with us. I’m writing this blog on the tail end of an intense, varied and extremely rewarding few months…

Big Give Aspirations

“… we have learnt about each other, ourselves and the communities in which we live” The launch of our Christmas Challenge with the Big Give is only two weeks away! Through this initiative you can support some of our life-changing work with young people and adults with special educational needs across Tower Hamlets. Workshop leader…