TIME – Video update!

This video is one example of the culmination of HMDT Music’s TIME (Testing the Impact, Measuring the Effect) project. The final phase of TIME was for Queen Eleanor Primary Academy to develop its own project supported by guest artist visits and for this, they chose to focus on their school values and visions and find ways of expressing these through the arts with a view to creating a permanent record and display. We chose to explore a range of genres through music and the visual arts, and create art works to be displayed across the school together with songs representing each value and vision.


Year 2 were given Endeavour as their value and they chose to represent this through an animation about their class mascot, Engelburt the Elephant. They decided to use the character to demonstrate how endeavour fits in with their daily lives at Queen Eleanor Primary Academy.


Film Maker – Stacey Hembury
Composer & Pianist – Jenny Gould


Who is it for?

  • Secondary School Students only
  • Grade 5 plus on instrument / voice
  • Students who are taking, or thinking of taking GCSE, A-Level Music or IB Music at Standard or Higher Level.
  • Students who want to make music with other like minded students
  • Students who are interested in exploring music from different genres, cultures and eras.

What will the Academy offer students?

  • The opportunity to take part in masterclasses in composition, leadership, conducting and performance technique with specialist guest tutors across a broad range of genres.
  • Support for their school studies – CYMH Academy offers a perfect complement to GCSE, A-Level music classes, IB Music at Standard or Higher Level.
  • Sessions including: Ensemble, Conducting, Composition, Performance, Analysis and History of Music.
  • Orchestra – singers/pianists are encouraged to hone their ensemble skills by playing in the percussion section of the orchestra!
  • The option to participate with or without individual instrumental lessons
  • Proposed guest artists include: Natalie Clein (cellist), Paul Griffiths (Composer and leader), Katie Thomas (conductor and Monteverdi Choir) and Jacquelyn Hynes (Irish Cultural Centre Flautist).

Is it auditioned?

  • No audition will be required for Autumn 2017 term. Confirmation from your teacher of your grade (if you don’t take exams), or your latest grade certificate is all that is needed.

When / Where does it happen? 

  • Between 12.30pm and 3.15pm Saturday at Haggerston School, Hackney, E2 as part of the Saturday Programme.

How much does it cost? 

  • £198 (no instrumental lesson)
  • £291 (with 30 minute individual instrumental lesson)
  • £12 one-off membership fee
  • Bursary rates available.

How do I join? 


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the office, either through email: info@hmdt.org.uk or via phone 020 8882 8825