Listen and learn: Redbridge Music Service

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In the 13th of a series of articles, David Bird discusses the work of Redbridge Music Society and Redbridge Music Service, whose students will perform at Christ Church this month.

One of the essential aims of Redbridge Music Society is to promote up-and-coming young musicians, especially those residing within Redbridge, by providing them with a performance platform in front of a supportive and appreciative audience. Another important aim is to bring a diverse range of musical styles and genres to the people of the borough at easily accessible venues. Both aims will be realised when the students of Redbridge Music Service put on a recital at Christ Church, Wanstead this month.

Redbridge Music Service is the shining gem in Redbridge's musical crown. It is based at the John Savage Centre, Hainault, and is a lead partner within the North East London Music Education Hub (NELMEH). Over the many years of its existence, Redbridge Music Service has nurtured many talented young musicians, a large number of whom have gone on to become professional musicians.

Currently, music has the status of being a statutory subject and is an entitlement for pupils up to the age of 14 in schools that follow the national curriculum. Pupils should have access to both live and recorded music, and Redbridge Music Service, via a programme of recitals, ensures pupils have first-hand experiences of music through live performances. The service provides a number of instrumental festivals, including separate festivals for brass, string, woodwind, recorder, piano, guitar and singing. The purpose of these festivals is to provide pupils with the opportunity to rehearse and perform together at an accessible, central venue.

Learning a musical instrument can significantly develop qualities, such as self-confidence, imagination and creativity, memory and coordination skills and communication, team and social skills – skills which also greatly benefit other areas in the school curriculum. To this end, Redbridge Music Service provides a wide range of instrumental and vocal tuition in schools throughout the borough. Instruments can be hired from the service's instrument centre.

The music school encourages its students to explore music from a wide range of historical periods, genres and traditions. This will be especially in evidence at the forthcoming recital at Christ Church, when the students will perform an eclectic mix of music and musical styles. Their recitals are always popular and well-attended events and are now a standard annual feature in Redbridge Music Society's calendar. Please come along and support our exceptional, home-grown talent!

Students of Redbridge Music Service will perform at Christ Church, Wanstead on 22 January from 8pm (tickets on the door: £7; students: free). For more information, call 07948 500 736 or visit

Redbridge Music Society is supported by Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure and is affiliated to Making Music.

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