About Water City Music
Water City Music inspires young musicians to perform at striking venues across the UK.
Led by artistic director Michael Bochmann MBE, we bring together musicians across the whole spectrum of abilities and experiences to enjoy playing together, and learning from one another.
Every Summer since 2013, children from across London have performed at the Water City Music Tower of London Festival, supported by professional players, music students and music teachers. Growing from strength to strength each year, 2019 saw 1800 children from 22 London Boroughs came together in music groups of all varieties and ensemble choirs.
The year-round series of Oasis concerts, principally at St George The Martyr in Southwark, help children to prepare for the Tower festival.
Building on the success of our London programme we are now expanding into other parts of the uk, with our first event in Gloucester at the Tall Ships and Adventure Festival in 2019.
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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 is unfortunately cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we plan to be back again in June 2021.
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 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
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