HMDT, twice winner of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Education (2004 and 2008), is a leader in developing inspiring arts projects, which support other areas of learning.

Working with world class artists and leading experts, HMDT increases access to high quality musical experiences by commissioning new performance works, developing resources, creating enduring partnerships, and sustaining an extensive outreach programme to schools and the community in areas of significant disadvantage and deprivation.

Each new commission is underpinned by an education programme, which enriches participant experience, increases their skills, raises aspirations and has a transformative effect on other areas of learning.

HMDT is committed to breaking down barriers to participation, offering all age groups, particularly those with the least engagement, sustained music programmes together with life-changing performance opportunities.


Working with HMDT has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career as I felt we offered an “wholistic” approach to learning. HMDT are expert in connecting the strands of numeracy, literacy, history, social awareness and civil rights through music and drama.

The creation, preparation and performance of our Jazz Opera (Shadowball) gave us all – adults and children – a shared sense of ownership and I am overwhelmed by that feeling.

Thank you HMDT.

Julian Joseph, composer



HMDT is one of the very few idealistic, altruistic organisations . . . which advocates the use of music in human development . . . genuine heroes.

The Times


HMDT….. is deservedly touted as one of the country’s exemplary arts education outfits.  

Opera Magazine


Parents were continually amazed to see what their children could achieve and I know that HMDT helped me turn around staff and parental expectations of the standard that could be achieved at the highest level across the whole school, leading to our first Outstanding Ofsted report.

No other musical company matches HMDT for quality, outstanding outcomes, profound musical and cross-curricular learning and long-term legacy.

Jacqueline Bruton-Simmonds, Executive Head Teacher Jubilee School