About Water City Music

Sharing the joy of music-making with everyone

The Water City Arts Programme was launched by social entrepreneur Lord Mawson of Bromley-by-Bow in 2009, to promote music and arts in the local communities of East London.

From those beginnings, the Water City Music charity was formed.

Led by artistic director and violinist Michael Bochmann, Water City Music delivers music workshops in inner-city schools, facilitates concerts in interesting places where seasoned and less experienced musicians perform together, and works with other community groups.This mission to bring music alive culminates in an inspirational festival in the historic grounds of the Tower of London in July.

“We plan to deepen and broaden our reach”, explains Michael Bochmann, “to bring improved musical skills, higher aspirations and increased confidence to many more inner-city children and other communities”


From 1st to 7th July 2017, we celebrated the fifth Water City Music at the Tower, offered by the Tower of London in partnership with Water City Music. These musical performances took place around the iconic White Tower, the Bowling Green and The Wharf. Over 1000 young people performed in these spectacular settings for the Tower’s many visitors throughout the week. The dates for next year’s festival are 11 – 17 June, 2018 and we are already working towards this.


Music workshops delivered in schools




Children performing at the Tower of London this year


  • “Thanks for putting on an amazing concert. Thank you, Esther and Michael, for working with our children and giving them a fantastically enriching experience. The children were beaming. Wow. I can’t wait for the next one!”

    Head of Music, James Woolfe Primary School and Centre for the Deaf
  • “Thank you so much for organising last Saturday’s violin concert. It was such a great opportunity for my daughter. She really enjoyed it and felt very inspired by playing with real concert musicians. We loved it, too!”

  • ‘Water City Music embodies my ideal of egalitarian music-making, where musicians of all ages and stages enjoy performing together. Playing an instrument has transformed and enriched me throughout my life, and I am so happy to be part of a project that enables others to be touched by music, too.’

    Esther Cavett, accompanist
  • I thoroughly support this project and the inclusion of children in concerts so that different generations perform together. It is their future and the future of music.

    George Ewart, professional violinist
  • Nothing inspires the fledgling musician more than combining with those to whom music is their calling, in front of an audience composed not only of peers and relatives, but the general public. I wish every success to Water City Music

    Chris Yapp, Chairman, Oxfordshire Youth Music Trust
  • Water City Music bridges the gap between generations of music-makers and the wider community

    Alice Murray, cellist
  • Giving young people the chance to perform with Water City Music at the Tower of London will have the sort of eye- and ear-opening experience that could change their lives forever

    Brian Kay, well-known broadcaster and member of the King’s Singers


Water City Music

Water City Music brings music to places and people it might not otherwise reach, exchanging musical experiences, inspiring those new to music-making to become musical explorers and giving confidence to more experienced players to create new performance opportunities. When people make music together it can transform them collectively and as individuals in every area of their lives. Everyone whether child or adult, whether student, amateur or professional learns from one another, in mutually beneficial musical relationships. Water is in the sea, in rivers, but it also can flow almost anywhere. And just a drop can allow unexpected things to grow

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