Music Outreach at St Paul's Cathedral

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Music Outreach at St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's music outreach programme is an innovative community engagement initiative which is educating and inspiring children across London through the arts – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our ambition

13,000 children engaging with choral and organ music
300 young people with enhanced life chances
1,200 young people with greater confidence and ambition

Our professional musicians run intensive workshops with schools, choirs, and children’s music groups, with many participants having the amazing opportunity of performing at St Paul’s.

St Paul's music outreach programme has a track record of developing self-esteem and aspiration through performance, and by bringing together disparate cultures it fosters mutual understanding and more resilient communities. 

We hope to increase our music outreach provisions through the new School Development Campaign. Please click here for more information. 

"I believe very deeply that music has the power to change lives, and our interactions with St Paul’s this year have been a huge part of this at Nightingale. I would like to thank your whole team for taking such an innovative and inclusive approach to working with schools."
Abigail Hopper, Head Teacher, Nightingale Primary School, Hackney


Music Outreach forms partnerships with schools and community groups including churches to deliver five key project areas: 

  • Choral Outreach includes our ‘Sing at St Paul’s’ programme, special services and events in the Cathedral, and external performances, including collaborations with other arts organisations
  • OBE Organ Outreach shares the wonder of the pipe organ with primary schools across Greater London, drawing participating schools together for our ‘Organ Days’
  • The Hackney Children’s Choir is a weekly choir for 8-12 year olds, led in association with St Paul’s West Hackney
  • The Hackney Senior Choir is a weekly choir for 12-18 year olds, established in April 2019 with support from the Greater London Authority, also based at St Paul’s West Hackney
  • Holiday courses for young people run in Easter, summer and at Christmas

If you would like to discuss your school taking part in any of these projects, please get in touch via

Hackney Choral

If you are interested in joining a Hackney Choral Choir, please get in touch via Guidelines and registration forms can be accessed below. 

Hackney Children's Choir

HCC is for children aged 8-12 in years 3-7, recruiting children from partner primary schools and the local community. The choir performs regularly in St Paul’s Cathedral, and in recent years has made two professional recordings and performed in the Royal Albert Hall. The choir has a repertoire spanning 400 years in diverse styles - from the Carmina Burana to Handel’s Messiah. The Hackney Children’s Choir is proudly supported by the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Hackney Children’s Choir guidelines and registration form

Hackney Senior Choir

HSC is a new choir for the borough of Hackney for 12-18 year olds who love music, from a number of secondary schools and the local community. The Choir offers enriching experiences – in the recording studio, in concert, on residential holiday schemes. This is a choir for young people who love to sing – you don’t need to play an instrument or read music to apply. Places are subsidised thanks to funding from the Mayor of London.

Hackney Senior Choir guidelines and registration form

Hackney Choral Course

Hackney Choral Courses are holiday courses in Easter and summer, led by professional musicians who can get the best out of young people. They are immensely fun, and culminate in a concert or performance. Each day starts with breakfast from 08:30, and includes afternoon activities including sports and games.

This scheme receives generous support from The Mayor's Young Londoners Fund, which helps children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It supports a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for children and young people.  

Hackney Choral Course registration form

More information about the choirs can be found here:

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