Happy Birthday HMDT!
Some of the greatest nights I have ever experienced at The Hackney Empire have been thanks to HMDT. It is such a buzz to see the place filled with such enthusiasm: reflecting the community, reflecting a simple adoration of music and reflecting the future of the theatre as a hub for people-performance. I am always happy to see them back in the Empire. GRIFF RHYS-JONES, ACTOR
The work of HMDT is pioneering and inspiring, and its production of On London Fields was one of the most exciting community events I’ve ever seen – a great show, great teamwork, bold and exciting material, and a really keen audience. It was a most enjoyable evening, a fine showcase for all the hard work HMDT does all the year round in schools and the community. MARGARET DRABBLE, AUTHOR
Working for HMDT was a most unexpectedly joyous experience... the production evolved into something quite special, with all sorts of people from the Hackney area involved. There was an amazing mix of talent, ambition and aspiration in the large chorus of all ages, and it was a pleasure to have taken part. SALLY BURGESS, MEZZO-SOPRANO
Through its collaboration with HMDT on Operaction Hackney the Academy has seen at first hand how this innovative and inspiring organisation helps people of all ages and backgrounds discover and develop their talents in and through music. Their vision, passion and determination have achieved extraordinary things in Hackney. Long may it continue! ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS
As a composer always on the lookout for ways of working within my own community, I have had great experiences with HMDT. For The Palace in the Sky, a community opera at The Hackney Empire, they knew exactly where to find the right musicians and animateurs; and writing a children’s opera for them (The Hackney Chronicles) was a joy from star t to finish. I particularly enjoy working with HMDT because they have such good ideas for projects. By combining lots of different types of learning within a creative process, they literally as well as metaphorically take children to places they’ve never been. I believe some of their ideas are ground-breaking, and I’ve certainly used them as models in working with other arts organisations. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together. JONATHAN DOVE, COMPOSER
I have always found working in East London to be an especially rewarding experience with the added bonus of having attended school at the Hackney Free & Parochial School in the seventies. The chance to put something back into the community from where I started has been made all the more easy by working with HMDT on the various interesting and innovative programmes they have initiated. ORPHY ROBINSON, MUSICIAN
BARRATT EAST LONDON
Barratt East London, which has been responsible for all Barratt activity in the eastern half of Greater London for almost 25 years and has completed a number of important regeneration schemes in Hackney, most recently the acclaimed East Central development in Mare Street, is part of Barratt Developments, the UK's largest housebuilder and most prolific urban regenerator. Barratt is proud that it is delivering more homes, more urban renewal, more social housing, more skills training and more innovation through partnerships with local authorities, housing associations and many other bodies, and, in so doing, helping to revitalise and develop communities. As part of that partnership approach, Barratt East London wholeheartedly endorses the outstanding work of Hackney Music Development Trust and is pleased to support their 10th Anniversary Concert.
Download HMDT's 10th Anniversary Concert Programme here [ pdf ]