About The Saturday Programme

The Saturday Programme

The Saturday Programme is HMDT Music’s Saturday music school which aims to enrich the lives of young people through music making, and consists of six different programmes: The Music Box, The Fledglings, I Can Sing!, CYMH, Music Treehouse and The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy. HMDT Music, twice winner of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Education, has been running its Centre For Young Musicians (CYMH) since 1995, combining it with three other projects, creating The Saturday Programme in 2012.

The Music Box

A family learning programme for under 4s offering the opportunity to explore the foundations of music in a fun and interactive way. Weekly guest artists help introduce students to a wide range of instruments and music from many different cultural traditions.


Fledglings is a one year Foundation Course for Reception class children, offering an introduction to music through singing and movement leading to end of term performances.

I Can Sing!

HMDT’s Performing Arts School offering students ages 4-16 an opportunity to experience the excitement of musical theatre training and performance, while building confidence 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.

Music Treehouse

Music Treehouse offers students with SEN/D, creative music making opportunities with a team of experienced musicians and a music therapist led by renowned workshop leader Jason Rowland.

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Making music together

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


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