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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.

Forthcoming projects

Musical Foundations

This season we are re-launching 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.

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 .

Create, cultivate, orchestrate!

Academy Version 2.0 is an ensemble project for young instrumentalists in Islington and Newham through which the participants will gain a richer understanding of classical music through improvisation, composition and performance. If you are a young musician from these areas and would like to find out more about the project please email

Building on Bingham

In April 2013 the Academy orchestra perform a newly-commissioned bassoon concerto inspired by its namesake building. Similarly, Outward Sound will be inviting London schoolchildren to create a new composition that draws on the architecture and history of the church.


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 2013.

Outward Sound on tour

The Academy is dedicated to bringing high-quality music-making to audiences throughout the UK, which includes bringing creative learning opportunities to the communities we visit. We will continue to provide cross-curricular and tailored workshops to young people, including those with special educational needs, working with partner schools in Newcastle, Bradford-on-Avon, Frimley, Nottingham and beyond.

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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