News and Current Events

National Youth Orchestra returns to Highbury Grove and Lister Community School


Our thank to our friends at the National Youth Orchestra whose Inspire team returned to Lister Community School and Highbury Grove School on January 5th and January 6th 2016. Hundreds of pupils worked in peer-led workshops with musicians from the NYO, whilst Snow Patrol guitarist Johnny McDaid visited Highbury Grove to hear the school’s students join forces with the orchestra to perform Photograph, the 2015 single he co-wrote with Ed Sheeran

Hold the date! MiSST 2016 Annual Concert at Goldsmiths, June 27th 2016.

All eight MiSST schools will be performing at our annual concert in June, hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London, in their Great Hall. This promises to be a fantastic event, which will be preceded by a photographic exhibition by Leonora Saunders who is putting together a collection of portraits of MiSST students. Please save the date in your diaries!

Can you help? Bespoke auction prizes needed

MiSST has recently been nominated to benefit from an upcoming charity fundraising auction. We are hoping to raise funds by auctioning items that would not normally be available on the open market! If you have any bespoke prizes you might consider offering, please get in touch with us at info@musicinsecondaryschoolstrust.org.uk

MiSST Barbican Concert May 2015


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Our Beginnings

  • 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.
  • May: Lister school holds their spring concert where all year 7s perform a beginners level repertoire.
  • July: Year 7 HGS music students play at Lister Community Fayre.
  • September: 4 new schools join the MiSST programme; Frederick Bremer School in Waltham Forest, Sedgehill School in Lewisham, Mount Carmel RC College in Islington and Islington Arts and Media School.
  • November: A group of students busk at Highbury and Islington Underground Station to raise funds for musical instruments for students Parla – Spain.
  • December: All schools hold their Christmas/Winter Concerts.


  • 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.
  • September 27th: 12 MiSST pupils performed with Nicola Benedetti at the Royal Albert Hall
  • September: Grade 8 flutist Deronne White from Highbury Grove School wins a place at the National Youth Orchestra after being supported by the MiSST programme.
  • January 5th – 6th: 100 teenagers from the National Youth Orchestra return to Highbury Grove and Lister Community School to lead workshops.
  • January 20th: Pupils from Saint Mary Magdalene Academy and New North Academy showcase their musical progress for the Brewers Livery Company, who fund the MiSST@Islington schools
  • June 27th: MiSST Annual Concert in the Great Hall at Goldsmiths. Hold the date!
  • July 11th – 14th: MiSST return to Radley College for our summer residency.


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!



Silviu Gaitan

Silviu Gaitan