Issue 12    December 2019
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The Hub-a-dub-dub

A note from Denise

It’s hard to believe that it’s now eight years since the Southwark Music Hub came into being. Sure, many of us knew each other before that and I used to visit members, especially during this time of year, but being part of the same organization (complete with our own smart logo) was new and for me extremely positive. 

The hub is an evolving thing – Jo and I meet regularly with people who are new to Southwark and almost all of them are pleased to be part of the hub and receive these newsletters and our support.

Our Southwark Music Hub steering group is still developing and we are keen to hear your ideas on this. If you might be interested in joining the group please contact Ruth, the Hub Co-Ordinator in the new year.

In the Hub we have about 20 core groups of music organisations plus all our schools (about 100) including private schools and others who have an interest in music education. 

In other news, 2020 sees the year which commemorates the sailing of the Mayflower from Rotherhithe to America with the founding fathers on board. We are aware of several events marking this, including our own "Splash” in the summer – watch this space for more information.

In staffing news I’m pleased to say that Assistant Head of Hub Gordon will be back from his travels as an examiner for Trinity London soon and Andy, our Head of Saturday Centre, is recently back from his tour with Kinetika Bloco in New Orleans. It sounds as if they all had a very exciting time, and experienced a musical way of life that was new to them. 

Finally, I want to thank Gennie Joy for taking over the job of Hub Co-ordinator for the last few months and welcome Ruth Clarke-Irons back after her maternity leave. Ruth will be contacting you all in the new year. 

Have a Very Happy Christmas.

Denise and the Music Hub Team

Denise Barber
Head of Southwark Music Hub
Performances at the Council’s Head Office
Once more, this term has seen choirs and ensembles from several schools performing in the atrium of the Council office at Tooley St. We were delighted by the string ensemble, choir and rappers from Charter North Dulwich, students from St Thomas the Apostle School choir who came and sang for us ahead of their trip to Amsterdam, the wonderful choir of St Saviour's & St Olave’s, and joining the Mayor’s Staff Carol Festival, the fabulous choir of Boutcher school.
Please remember that if you have a school choir or ensemble you’d like to showcase, you are welcome to book a date to bring them into the Atrium to give a lunchtime performance (generally Thursdays but other days are possible) - just contact
#SaveOurMusic with London Music Masters - Call Out for Collaborators

The London-based charity London Music Masters are looking for like-minded organisations to collaborate with for a series of exciting nationwide events this summer 2020, as well as a local and national media campaign advocating for the importance and impact of music education for young people. This is #SaveOurMusic: The Tour!


The project is open to any schools, music services, arts organisations etc. across the UK who are looking to be involved in something big and exciting as well as motivate their local communities and/or participants.


To read more about this brilliant project, and find out how to get involved please read the attached “Callout for Collaborators” HERE and get in touch with them.

Courage Yard
Tuesday 10th December saw several members of the Music Service staff carol singing at Courage Yard by Tower Bridge, in aid of local Southwark charities. Lots of fun was had by all and, in spite of freezing rain and winds, we were all reminded of what an amazingly talented bunch our SMS tutors are!

Be our #BFF this Christmas
We are super excited to let you know that we are launching a new #BFF Friends and Family Scheme.

We hope that you love Bloco as much as we do and whether you are a member, parent, fan, supporter, audience member or just online and interested, now you can become an official part of the 'FAMILY' and help us reach and impact more young people. 

Our #BFF scheme enables you to support us with a monthly amount that will help us to keep running all the exciting activities and opportunities for young people in London.

We have 4 levels, you can become a:
Friend £5 per month
Best Friend £10 per month
Family member £25 per month
or Legend with £500 or more per year

You will receive a thank you letter, regular updates, and invitations to exclusive BFF events and also a warm and fuzzy feeling inside to know you are supporting the youth of London.

If you sign up in DECEMBER we will also send you a free Kinetika Bloco wall Calendar

If you would like more info please email 
Aneira or go directly to localgiving and insert your amount to set up a direct debit. And don't forget if you are a UK taxpayer please sign the Gift Aid box so we can claim an extra 25% on your donation.

Safeguarding Training 2020

Artswork is delighted to have the following course taking place in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre.

Safeguarding Adults at Risk in the Arts and Cultural Sector
6th March 2020, 10 am- 4.15 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, London

This new course has been designed for individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of safeguarding legislation and best practice, specifically when working with adults at risk in the creative, cultural and heritage sectors. You will explore what is meant by the term “adults at risk” in the context of your work and will develop approaches for recognising and responding to the different types of abuse associated with adults at risk.

This engaging course will look at sector specific case studies and examples and will offer practical advice and tools to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around issues relating to working with adults at risk. You will spend some focussed time exploring the particular challenges facing young adults (age 18-30).

The fee for this course is £150pp, limited bursary places are available. To find out more and book visit;, or contact a member of the Professional Development Team via: 02380 332491 /

Places are limited so early booking is advised.

To find out about other courses taking place across the country visit: and to find out about in-house training for your organisation download the 2019-20 Training Brochure via:

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