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United Music

Bringing out the best in everyone through Music and Performing Arts

At United Learning, we believe in the power of the arts to have a transformative effect in schools, and understand the benefits of taking part in high quality music and drama for young people. Our aim is for United Learning pupils to leave school having experienced and been inspired by a range of exceptional quality music and performing arts.

Led by our expert Head of Music and Performing Arts, Catherine Barker, we endeavour to continuously develop and enrich the provision of Music and Performing Arts across our Group, by strengthening the curriculum in Music and Performing Arts, supporting the enrichment that takes place outside the classroom and organising large-scale events that can unite our schools. The 2017-2018 school year will be full of high quality opportunities for our students.

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United Music Programmes


Following on from the success of our celebration concerts of 'WASSAIL!' in 2017, this year we are very excited to be partnering with Royal Opera House, Voices Foundation, and English Pocket Opera Company to deliver Carmen! a true celebration of opera.

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This year, United Learning’s Partnership Fund has commissioned celebrated composer Alexander L’Estrange to write ‘Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy’, to inspire collaboration, musical excellence and joy through choral singing. 

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English Pocket Opera Company

To bring opera to 7,500 pupils across United Learning’s schools In 2016 United Learning launched a new and exciting partnership with English Pocket Opera Company.

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Students from schools across the country perform at London’s Lyceum Theatre.

In 2016,students from United Learning schools across the country took to the stage for a sold-out performance at London’s prestigious Lyceum Theatre.

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400 pupils from 11 United Learning schools across London and the South East performed live at the Olympic Park to open the special Remembrance Day England vs Australia match. The children performed as part of the CHANT Choir, run by music education provider Chant Productions which combines sports and music to give young people a platform for live performances.

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Access to Theatre

Following recent research from the Sutton Trust which shows that leading British actors are more than twice as likely as stars from the music industry to have attended fee-paying schools, we designed the Access to Theatre Programme to broaden the cultural experiences of young people across the Group.


United Learning is also delighted to work in partnership with a number of charities and organisations who support our work to ensure that every single pupil receives an excellent school experience.



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