The Saturday Programme

The Saturday Programme

The seven programmes listed below form HMDT Music’s Saturday music school, each aiming to enrich the lives of young people through music making.

HMDT Music, twice winner of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Education, has been running its Saturday music programmes since 1995.

The Music Box

Designed for under 4s and their family. Each week sees a guest artist performing for your enjoyment, introducing children to a variety of musical genres and cultures in a fun and interactive way.


A Foundation programme for Reception class children, building their confidence in singing and movement leading to end of term performances.

I Can Sing!

Students ages 4-16 have the opportunity to experience the excitement of musical theatre training and performance, while building confidence, teamwork and presentation skills.

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A first musical adventure


An introduction to music

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Don’t just dream about the stage . . .


HMDT’s Instrumental Music School which offers students ages 5 upwards, an extensive curriculum including group and individual instrumental tuition, singing, musicianship and ensembles, as well as the Orchestra and Choirs of CYMH.


Offering talented young instrumentalists and vocalists an amazing opportunity to work with some of the world’s top jazz musicians to develop their creative talents and performance skills, through exploring the American roots of Jazz.

CYMH Academy

Intensive music study involving masterclasses, orchestra and workshops that complements secondary school and FE Music exams.

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Making music together

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It’s not just playing jazz, it’s living jazz!

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Taking music further

Music Treehouse

Young people with SEN/D are given the opportunity for creative musical expression by working with a team of experienced musicians, a music therapist and renowned workshop leader Jason Rowland.


Creative music making


The Saturday Programme serves over 350 students aged 6 months – 25 years and also offers courses for parents. It is a vibrant and exciting Saturday offering and alongside the continually expanding regular classes and programmes, is a spectrum of individual projects involving guest visits, work with leading artists, and a broad range of performing experiences both within the Programme and at concert halls and theatres. Its staff are all experienced music teachers and professional artists who foster a keen appreciation and understanding of different types of music.


The Saturday Programme runs on 30 Saturdays during each academic year and also runs Holiday Courses during half term periods and during the Summer holidays. Our biggest intake is in September, but we take applications all year round.   The Music Box, Fledglings, I Can Sing! and CYMH (including the Jazz Blues and Jazz Orchestra) take place at Haggerston School in Hackney. The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy takes place at the Bridge Academy campus nearby.

The Times

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


 Photos: Clive Barda