Step Into Spring with Newham Music!

3 April 2024

We have a packed Spring Holiday at Newham Music Hub: Westfield Stratford City, with lots of activities open to the community, including a songwriting course for adults, Taiko drumming for all the family, and Gig School for young pop and rock musicians.    

To kick off the holidays, our Newham Music Jazz Collective did a full day of rehearsals, before travelling to Bournemouth to perform at the National Education Union conference on 3 April. This week, we also begin rehearsals with a chorus of young people for The Stopping Place a powerful large scale new music theatre work drawing on music of the Roma tradition in collaboration with Brolly Productions. 

Our public programme is free or ‘pay what you can’, and we have spaces left at most events. Find out more below and click on the links to book. 


Spring Songwriting 

6, 9 & 11 April 

Develop your songwriting craft with singer-songwriter and Newham Music educator Emma Scarr. During this three-day course, Emma and guest songwriters Rob Corcoran and Simon Stanley-Ward will give you starting points for writing lyrics, creating melodies and making chord patterns. Come to one day or all three. 

For ages 18+. Various times. Book here


Come and Play Taiko Drum

8 & 9 April 

Our popular taiko drumming workshops are back! Hear the sounds of this traditional Japanese instrument, try out rhythms, have fun, and explore the world of these fascinating drums. 

8 April, 10am & 11am – for 5-11 year olds and their families – book here

9 April, 2pm and 3pm – for 5-11 year olds and their families – book here


Family Musical Play

9 April 

10am & 11am

Creative musical play sessions for babies and children aged up to 7 and their families. Join us for songs and sounds, movement and dance, stories and games.

Book here


E20 Grooves Taster

11 April 


E20 Grooves is a South Asian based ensemble for 9-15 year olds that explores Carnatic, Hindustani, and Western classical genres! Working with musicians trained in both Western and Carnatic music, learn through movement, storytelling and collaboration.

Book here


Gig School

13 April 


A Free Music Making Opportunity for Young People!

Come along to meet and jam with other musicians, gain experience playing in a band, and perform together in Newham Music’s Open Mic.

For 12-17 year olds. Any experience welcome.

Book here


Open Mic

13 April 


Newham Music’s Open Mic is a chance for young musicians in our community to perform for each other and a friendly audience at Newham Music’s venue!

Performance slots for 12-17 year olds. All genres welcome.

Book here


Music Unlocked 

14 April 


All-ability inclusive music-making sessions for Disabled and neurodivergent young people aged 11-25, their parents, carers and siblings. The sessions are accessible, welcoming and engaging for all. Facilitated by Drake Music in partnership with Newham Music. 

Book here.

Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicArts Council England
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