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Outward Sound Education and Outreach

Photo: Lora Sansun

Photo: Lora Sansun

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is strongly committed to enabling dynamic, inspiring and extraordinary music-making projects that provide new opportunities for community members to engage in music and explore their creativity.

Our community programme, Outward Sound, includes a range of education, outreach and audience development activities, inviting audiences and the groups we collaborate with to engage with their innate musicality, our repertoire and the life of the orchestra. In tandem with our performances and extensive tours, Outward Sound reaches out and makes meaningful connections with communities across the globe. Our projects are wide-ranging and open to participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities bringing opportunities to those who otherwise may not have access to music.

Promoting creativity, individuality and interpretation is central to Outward Sound’s mission, and we achieve this through activities that encourage participants to explore their musicality whilst engaging with orchestral repertoire. Outward Sound also provides valuable and new creative experiences for our players through collaboration with members of the community.



Create, Cultivate, Orchestrate!

This ensemble project for young instrumentalists enables them to gain a richer understanding of classical music through improvisation, composition and performance. The project is open to musicians aged 9-18 years based in London, with particular focus on participants from the Islington and Newham area.

Pre-Concert Talks

Throughout the season our guest artists and composers, and players from the orchestra will be inviting you to join them for series of interactive pre- and post-concert talks .


Our players perform a vital role in mentoring the orchestral musicians of the future. Members from the Academy play side-by-side university, conservatoire and young professional musicians to develop their ensemble and chamber skills, and we will continue this work through our collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia in 2015.

Musical Foundations

This season we re-visit our empowering musical project working with homeless adults in Westminster, providing a series of workshops in improvisation, composition and song writing driven by the creativity of the participants.


If you are interested in finding out more about Outward Sound projects, please contact Kim Perkins, Education & Outreach Manager/Creative Producer on 0207 702 1377 or

"As a classical musician, education work reminds you what music is all about i.e. communication, having fun, and putting a smile on people's faces."
Jeremy Morris, Academy violinist

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