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Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Music in Secondary Schools Trust is to transform the lives of children and young people through music.

The Trust will do this by providing individual instruments and music lessons for whole year groups of students thus enabling students to study,  play and perform in ensemble and orchestral groups.

As a result:

  • discipline and commitment to learning will improve
  • the skill of working in a team and a large group will be developed
  • academic attainment will increase

This will lead to lives being enriched.

Music in Secondary Schools Trust

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme

On 23 April 2013 the MiSST was launched at a press conference at Highbury Grove School, Islington.

The MiSST will promote the education of young people by:

  • supporting the Highbury Grove School model intensive music programme at Highbury Grove School
  • rolling out this programme to other secondary schools
  • each student as they enter the secondary school will study a classical musical instrument for a minimum of 3 years as part of their compulsory curriculum. The instrument and the tuition will be at no cost to the students or their families. All students on the programme will be expected to practice and perform in ensemble and orchestral groups on a regular basis

 

Our Beginnings

2013
  • 23 April: Official launch of MiSST in Highbury Grove School with founders Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Andrew Wolfson present as special guests.
  • April: Italy Tour – 40 HGS students embark on a journey to Lucca in Italy.
  • June: Matthew Morrison who played Will Schuester in Glee drops in at Highbury Grove School and does an assembly offering students advice and a master class. An extremely exciting day for all students.
  • September: Lister Community School in Newham joins the programme with 240 year 7 students.  
  • October: New Zealand’s Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Mr Christopher Finlayson visits HGS to learn about MiSST and the programme.
2014
  • 6 – 7 January: NYO Residency held at Highbury Grove. NYO musicians led workshops with students and all perform pieces orchestrated by Dimitri Scarlato.The NYO perform Elgar Symphony No 1 conducted by John Wilson to an invited audience – it was spectacular.
  • 26 January – 14 students from HGS invited by Andrew Lloyd Webber to see his recently revised musical CATS.
  • 7 – 12 February: 40 pupils tour to Parla – Spain.
  • 19 – 23 March: Italy Tour – HGS Junior Orchestra tour to Lucca in Italy.
2015
  • 6 – 7 January: NYO Residency held at Highbury Grove. NYO musicians led workshops with students and all perform pieces orchestrated by Dimitri Scarlato.The NYO perform Elgar Symphony No 1 conducted by John Wilson to an invited audience – it was spectacular.
  • 26 January – 14 students from HGS invited by Andrew Lloyd Webber to see his recently revised musical CATS.
  • 7 – 12 February: 40 pupils tour to Parla – Spain.
  • 19 – 23 March: Italy Tour – HGS Junior Orchestra tour to Lucca in Italy.
  • 11 May: MiSST’s inaugural concert at the Barbican. An extremely important day for all students.
  • 1– 4 July: MiSST Summer Residency at Radley College.
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LISTER COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Silviu Gaitan – Year 8

Silviu migrated from Romania and started Lister Community School in October 2013. He is a diligent student who loves playing the violin and has just passed Grade 2 Violin with Merit. He is a committed member of the music department, playing as part of a string quartet, with the E13 Strings, the Lister Orchestra and the E13 Ukulele band. He enjoys playing fast, up-tempo music such as Russian Gopak and loved playing Pirates of the Caribbean with the Orchestra. He has performed in a number of concerts both in and outside school and is keen on trying out as many different instruments as he possibly can!

 

Testimonial

Silviu Gaitan

Silviu Gaitan