Lewisham Live 2012

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An inspiring and uplifting 3 week festival celebrating music and dance created by young people in the London borough of Lewisham.

‘Fantastic! Really inspiring, very impressive skills on show. And lots of credit to the teachers.’

‘I loved the entire experience - music and listening.

Lewisham Live 2012 was a three week festival celebrating music and dance, created by young people in the London borough of Lewisham.

In 2012, Lewisham Live was in its third year and was bigger and better than ever. The festival consisted of 13 music and dance events across the borough during the three weeks, celebrating Lewisham young people's achievements.

The festival focussed on events that:

  • Showcased a range of performance by 5 to19 year olds (up to 25 with disabilities) and featured collaborative and partnership working
  • Gave value and profile to the range of musical opportunities accessible to young people in the borough
  • Promoted musical pathways and progression routes

More than 2,000 young people, over 80 music and dance groups from over 50 schools were involved in Lewisham Live 2012, alongside groups from the Music Service, The Albany and families who took part in Gamelan at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Lewisham Live’s performances were attended by approximately 3399 people.

In one unique concert at Blackheath on 22 March, young people devised and programmed their own night of music performance, and told the Blackheath technical and production teams what they wanted them to do.

 ‘Fantastic, all the kids were great. Let’s have more please!’, ‘Wonderful! Loved it! Do more!’

The Festival was made possible through partnerships between Lewisham Council Arts and Music Services, Lewisham schools and local and regional arts organisations including The Albany, Blackheath Halls, Goldsmiths, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Lewisham Education Arts Network, London Symphony Orchestra and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

The Festival was testimony to the wealth of talent in our borough and the fantastic support provided for our young people by teachers in Lewisham schools, as well as music and dance educators, and professional artists working in our partner organisations.

 Some more of the feedback from Lewisham Live 2012

 ‘I really liked Lewisham theatre. It was fun and very exciting. I'm amazed how well we did.’

 ‘Very good to give this opportunity to perform in and be an audience in a real theatre!’

 ‘Brilliant experience for the children. Thank you.’

 History of Lewisham Live

Lewisham has a long tradition of promoting live music by children and young people.Lewisham Music Service has held many showcase events in professional concert halls and theatres in the borough over the years.

In 2010, nine organisations (Lewisham Arts Service, Lewisham Music Service, The Albany, Blackheath Halls, Goldsmiths University, Horniman Museum, Lewisham Education Arts Network, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and London Symphony Orchestra) collaborated for the first time to present a schools music showcase, and built on this success by holding a second showcase in 2011.

One ambition for 2012 was to expand the festival to include a wider range of performances under the Lewisham Live banner; both more performances developed by the steering group members, and inviting the Schools Dance Showcase (traditionally held at the same time) to be branded as Live Dance. Another aim was to further develop the Lewisham Live brand into a recognisable brand for teachers, performers, partners and audiences.