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(Photo credit: Tom Reeves, Edward Reeves and Son, Lewes)

Our Aim

Martlets Music is a charity which aims to enable young people to progress and develop their musical talents.  We focus on:

  • Access to music making
  • Excellence in music making
  • Alternative music making

We do this by working in partnership with a range of organisations across East Sussex to offer joint events such as summer schools and Big Sing, and by offering bursaries.

Click here to link to our Bursary Support Page

Partnership Working

Partnership working is a key part of what we do at Martlets Music.  Working with a range of partners we’ve been able to inspire and engage 1000s of children over the last couple of years.

Ten by Ten

Most recently we worked with Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Beat Goes On, Kidenza Orchestra and East Sussex Music Hub to bring a series of events designed to engage children, their teachers and families with Classical Music.  Read more about the Ten by Ten project here

Schools Live: Be Inspired

The first Schools Live:Be Inspired event took place on 26th November with South Downs Youth Orchestra performing a varied programme ranging from Mozart to Harry Potter, in front of an invited audience of primary school children from across East Sussex. The orchestra gave two concerts with a series of “hands on”taster sessions allowing budding young musicians a chance to try an instrument for themselves. Click here for pictures and a full review.

Choral Summer School

Last year the Singing Summer School was the first of its kind in East Sussex. Working with Glyndebourne and East Sussex Music, we offered over 20 young people the opportunity to work together in an intensive three day summer school designed to support experienced and less experienced singers and enable them to learn new skills, develop their vocal range and have fun.  This year, the project reached new heights in their finale of a partly-staged version of Act III of Acis and Galatea with East Sussex String Chamber Orchestra at Lewes Town Hall.

Green Light

Working with tutors from Audio Active, Rhythmix and East Sussex Music, Green Light is a genre defying youth ensemble.  This week-long summer school was so successful that it’s been able to attract funding to run again this year. Check out more info from Audio Active here and a video promo using last year’s performance here