About Water City Music

Sharing the joy of music-making with everyone

Water City Music brings together musicians across the whole spectrum of abilities and experiences to play together, inspire one another and learn from one another. Led by artistic director Michael Bochmann, the charity stages musical events – of assorted size and scale – at striking venues across the UK.

The flagship annual Tower of London Festival is the culmination of a range of concerts and supporting programmes across London and other UK water cities involving professional players, music students, music teachers, children and the wider local community.

Water City Music was started in East London by social entrepreneur Lord Mawson and has grown out of a passion to harness the power of music to bring communities together, increase ambitions and be a catalyst for a future independent appetite for musical achievement in individuals and groups.


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Events and Programmes

Now in its seventh year, in 2019 our flagship Water City Music at the Tower of London Festival held in June involved over 2,000 musicians and 80 schools performing for huge numbers of daily visitors at the spectacular settings around this iconic building including the White Tower, the Bowling Green and The Wharf. The 2020 Festival will again take place in June.

Other London events and educational programmes take place throughout the year and an increasing series of events is now being planned across other UK water cities. Our newest major eventwas at the Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure Festival in May 2019.


Music workshops delivered in schools




Children performing at the Tower of London in 2018


Music is like water; it is everywhere and can flow almost anywhere. And just a small drop can allow unexpected things to grow.

When people make music together it can transform them collectively and as individuals in every area of their lives. Everyone, whether child or adult, student, amateur or professional learns from one another, in mutually beneficial musical relationships.



  • “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

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Would you like to sponsor the Water City Music Festival of the Arts? Are you a school teacher who loves the idea of Water City Music coming to your classroom? Are you a musician who is keen to share your passion for music-making with others? We would be delighted to hear from you.