Remixing Community – Pete Moser with workshop participants at CCCD in Hong Kong

Remixing Community

Hong Kong



Remixing Community is a three-year community music programme in Hong Kong, which follows 12 years of community music development between Hong Kong arts organisation, Centre for Community Cultural Development (CCCD), and More Music from the UK.

About Remixing Community

Based on a multicultural and inclusive perspective, practitioners of community music use different music-related techniques – including music and multi-arts games, folk songs and stories sharing, music jamming and song making – to help participants explore their emotions, thoughts and identity in community-based settings, stimulating their willingness and potential to share, create and perform.

From November 2018 to October 2021, Remixing Community will:

  • host small projects in all 18 districts of Hong Kong
  • create and run a new elders choir
  • organise annual showcase performances
  • produce recordings of songs and music

Launch and history

The Long Walk

The Long Walk

The project was launched in November 2018 with a series of workshops on the theme of Community Music Leadership run by More Music Founder, Pete Moser.

Local practitioners came together to confirm values, consider pedagogy, develop vision and continue to develop a friendship group.

The starting point for this was a More Music piece entitled The Long Walk, which was a response to the 2004 tragedy in Morecambe Bay in Lancashire in the North of England (where More Music is based) when 23 Chinese cocklers lost their lives in the sea at night.

Out of this tragedy has grown a positive programme that has involved thousands of people in Hong Kong and Southern China in music-making and community cultural development.

Pete Moser has written about this 12-year journey in 240 blog posts here.

Community music in Hong Kong

Implemented by music teachers, musicians, social workers and music therapists, community music has become a popular art form in international contexts.

In Hong Kong, some project-based implementation has also been conducted. It will  take time and effort for community music to become a constant and sustainable approach in Hong Kong.

Header photo: Pete Moser with participants from a workshop at CCCD in Hong Kong

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A Premiere Performances Chamber Music in Schools Programme workshop

Premiere Performances’ Chamber Music in Schools Programme

Hong Kong

Data according to surveys collected from participating teachers and students:

  • 40% of students who live far away from cultural facilities had never seen a live performance before
  • 80% of students who play an instrument were inspired to practise more after the concert
  • 100% of teachers would recommend the Chamber Music In Schools programme to other schools
  • 70% of teachers agreed the best part of the concert for their students was the interactive activities and hearing the instruments live
  • 90% of music teachers agreed the in-schools performances were better than programmes provided by other music organisations
  • 90% of teachers who participated in the workshop reported that information, concepts and activities given by the speaker was of a high standard
  • 95% reported that they will use the concepts and activities they learned in their music classes
  • 95% agreed that they have more confidence in using different concepts as a result of the teachers' workshop
  • 98% of teachers reported that they gained new insights into music teaching and felt their music teaching skill would be improved

  • 'The performance was unique and remarkable!' - Student, Shap Pat Heung Rural Committee Kung Yik She Primary School
  • 'The performance is well organised. It is full of passion and energy. I hope we can watch the concert again!' - Music Teacher, Tsuen Wan Trade Association Primary School
  • 'The performers are professional and passionate, students enjoy the activities very much' - Music Teacher, SKH St Thomas' Primary School
  • 'The programme is energetic, creative and lovely. The musicians are well prepared and have passion in music teaching. Great job!' - Music Teacher, King’s College Old Boys' Association Primary School

  • To provide schools with quality workshop and performance exposure from internationally recognised and rising chamber musicians.

Premiere Performances of Hong Kong (PPHK) brings internationally celebrated artists to Hong Kong for solo recitals, chamber music and community outreach.

Since 2012, the organisation has partnered with Musica Viva Australia to bring its world-class education programme to Hong Kong schools via the Chamber Music in Schools Programme.

The programme introduces students to chamber music through high-quality professional performances, exposing them to different kinds of music (classical, jazz, world music etc) and musical instruments (brass, wind etc) and broadening their vision as global citizens as they listen to and explore musical styles and cultures from other parts of the world.

Chamber Music in Schools Programme

As of July 2018, Premiere Performances’ Chamber Music in Schools programme has arranged school tours 14 music ensembles (12 from Musica Viva Australia and two from Premiere Performances) and made nearly 300 school visits, reaching 3,000 teachers and 80,000 students.

A Chamber Music in Schools Programme workshop

A Chamber Music in Schools Programme workshop

Each Chamber Music in Schools ensemble visits at least 15 schools across Hong Kong per tour, providing in-school concerts and chamber music workshops.

Each ensemble offers an educational and interactive one-hour performance for up to 300 students. Along with to the live performance, participating music teachers are given an Education Kit, providing a range of pre- and post-performance activities to maximise the impact of the performance.

In addition, a free workshop specially designed for music teachers is hosted by a music education specialist from Musica Viva Australia once a year for all participating teachers.

Programme development

In 2013, Premiere Performances recognised the need for a Cantonese programme for local schools. An open audition was arranged to recruit local young talents to join this programme and a woodwind ensemble, Viva! Pipers, was formed as a result. The five members received extensive training from professional musicians from Musica Viva Australia to help them deliver high-quality educational performances. To facilitate high demand from local schools, a second ensemble, Fiesta Brass, was formed in 2016.

Local ensembles

Viva! Pipers (woodwind quintet)

Viva! Pipers is an ensemble of talented musicians from Hong Kong who have received overseas training. The group’s performances have been carefully developed to showcase a range of musical styles and genres and to be engaging and fun. Since the ensemble’s first school tour in April 2015 – as of the end of the 2017/18 school year – they have given nearly 70 performances at kindergartens, Primary and Special Needs schools and visited more than 20,000 students. They have also given public concerts at Sha Tin Town Hall, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre and Tuen Mun Town Hall and community concerts at Hysan Place and Exchange Square. Viva! Pipers performs in both Cantonese and English.

Fiesta Brass (quintet)

Fiesta Brass is the second ensemble established by Premiere Performances to perform in its Chamber Music in Schools Programme

Fiesta Brass is the second ensemble established by Premiere Performances to perform in its Chamber Music in Schools Programme

Fiesta Brass is an ensemble of five outstanding young Hong Kong musicians who are passionate about performing. The group was formed in 2017 and is the second ensemble established by Premiere Performances after the successful launch of Viva! Pipers in 2014. The members are receiving professional training from international ensembles and music specialists from Musica Viva Australia. Fiesta Brass gave their first school tour in March 2018. They gave a total of 20 performances and reached 6,000 Primary students and 200 teachers. They also gave a community concert at the Asia Society in January 2018. Fiesta Brass performs in Cantonese only.

Header photo: A Chamber Music in Schools Programme workshop

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Greater Manchester Music Hub Ensembles, opening weekend at Stoller Hall, Manchester

Greater Manchester Music Hub Ensembles/Chetham’s School of Music

Manchester, United Kingdom

  • Greater Manchester Music Hub
  • Manchester Music Hub

North-West England

Chetham’s School of Music is a partner in both Manchester and Greater Manchester Music Education Hubs.

The Greater Manchester Youth Jazz and String Orchestras hold their regular rehearsal weekends at Chetham’s, and have done so since their inception. Chetham’s New School Building provides a fantastic base for the ensembles to meet and rehearse, and for students and staff to work alongside young musicians from the wider region.

A number of Chetham’s students are also members of the Jazz Orchestra, whilst Director of Music, Stephen Threlfall, and Deputy Head of Strings, Owen Cox, are both involved in conducting and tutoring the String Orchestra. This partnership has arisen from a strong relationship with the Greater Manchester Music Education Hub, and has given both ensembles new opportunities to explore new repertoire and to prepare for performances at high profile Hub celebrations.

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The I Speak Music project

I Speak Music

Surrey Music Hub, Westfield Primary School, Bonsey Lane, Kingfield, Woking GU22 9PR, UK

Youth Music

  • "When I came to this country it was a bit strange to me, it didn't feel very comfortable to be in a new place, new language and meeting new people, going back to square one. Meeting people like Jim [Pinchen, project manager] made such a difference in my life - I think everyone feels the same when they come and take part in this project. They feel welcome and feel like they can play a part" - Rajhad Haddad, violist, I Speak Music Community Orchestra
  • "What I love about it is the diversity of the group and the fact that, whenever we have a rehearsal, everyone comes not quite knowing what's going to happen, not quite confident, slightly insecure, and some of them come from quite a solitary place. By the end of the rehearsal the energy of the music has really solidified everyone together - it's a beautiful energetic experience." - Sara Khoroosi, freelance musician, Surrey Arts worker

  • To bring together professionals and community groups who work with, or have an interest in supporting newly arrived and vulnerable young people through the arts and music.
  • To deliver song writing taster workshops, music workshops, and a celebration concert of participants' experience.
  • To develop the musical skills and build the self-confidence of the young musicians.
  • To allow tutors, supporters and project partners to also grow through this experience by gaining a better understanding of the challenges these young people face and grow in confidence in engaging with them.
  • To inspire participants to join and progress onto other Surrey Arts ensembles and groups.
  • To continue to develop what they have learned and explore music genres after the project ends.

South-East England



I Speak Music is a project bringing together professionals and community groups who work with newly arrived and vulnerable young people through music.

Between April and December 2018, a team of talented and enthusiastic professional musicians and supporters will work with these young people (who might be young asylum seekers, young refugees or young people who have been trafficked to UK). They will provide a number of taster sessions, song writing and music workshops during the school holidays, a time when young people can feel the most isolated and vulnerable, and will together share the fruits of their experience at a celebration concert for friends, family and supporters.

The activities will provide a safe and supportive environment for expression, creativity and musical skills, as well as practical tools such as relaxation through breathing and rhythm exercises. Sessions will focus on exploring shared identities to serve as a catalyst to create new music together. They will be able to make new friends, relax and have fun while making music – their music. Instruments are provided – western classical, rock and those sourced from participants’ region of birth.

Tutors, supporters and project partners will also grow through this experience, as they are equal players. They will gain a better understanding of the challenges these young people face and grow in confidence through engaging with them. Planning and awareness training sessions will be provided for all staff working on the project, and each music session will end with dedicated time for the music team to reflect and evaluate the session.

The project believes that by participating in ‘I Speak Music’, the budding young musicians will grow in self-confidence as well as improving their musical skills and increasing their life opportunities.

Specifically and longer term the project hopes that the young people who take part will be inspired to join and progress onto other Surrey Arts ensembles and groups. This will mean that they will continue to develop what they have learnt and explore other music genres after the project ends.





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SCO ReConnect

Edinburgh, UK

  • Due to the generosity of SCO ReConenct's funders, the project was able to expand to run a series of 20 regular weekly sessions from July to December.

  • To use live music to help improve patients’ and carers’ sense of well-being and quality of life.
  • To encourage the general use of music in the care setting.


SCO ReConnect is a programme of interactive, creative music workshops for people living with dementia, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

The project aims to use live music to help improve patients’ and carers’ sense of well-being and quality of life, and to encourage the general use of music in the care setting.

SCO ReConnect aims to put patients at the heart of the musical experience. The sessions incorporate improvisation and interactive performances of varied musical repertoire, which might include songs from musicals, well known Scottish tunes, and popular hits from the past. Patients are invited and supported to join in by singing, playing instruments, dancing and listening. During workshops, SCO musicians perform and improvise around familiar melodies and spontaneously generate musical ideas to match the mood and musical preferences of the participants.

Around eight patients take part in each session and are encouraged to attend as many workshops as possible. Occupational therapists, members of the nursing staff, activity co-ordinators and family members also join in.

The programme is led by Dr Jane Bentley, a community musician who specialises in working in health, social care and wellbeing settings. Jane has been working with SCO musicians since 2013 to explore ways of interacting with people with dementia through music. A growing SCO team regularly devotes time and expertise to the project and in 2017, Peter Franks, Alison Green, William Stafford and Donald Gillan were joined by Su-a Lee and Eric de Wit.

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Girls Rock London

London, United Kingdom

  • Arts Council England
  • Bell Music
  • Fender
  • WeDriveYou
  • National Foundation for Youth Music
  • Novation


'Girls Rock: the all-female music camp taking a stand against sexism' - The Guardian

'Feature: Girls Rock London' - The Girls Are

'A rock school is opening in London' - Dazed

'Women Rock London announce all-female summer camp' - Crack

Girls Rock London: Challenging the under-representation of women in music head on, by increasing opportunity and boosting self esteem - Sound Connections


  • To date, Girls Rock London has run four successful rock camps, where it has seen real impact in terms of continued music-making, and increased self-esteem and confidence levels of participants.
  • Participant surveys measure self-esteem, confidence, resilience and body image before and after the camp. At the 2017 camp, there was a 13% overall rise in scores across the group, and a 46% change in specific areas including improved body image.
  • Participants reported leaving with new friendships and a positive experience of working with people from different backgrounds to their own.

  • 'I came to camp thinking I was going to learn more about an instrument; what I really learned was how much potential I had as a musician and how it increased through collaboration.' (participant)
  • 'It was the most exhilarating and inspiring weekend of my life. I never want this feeling to end. I just want to keep creating and performing music.' (participant)
  • 'I have struggled to find the words to express how grateful and inspired I am by the Girls Rock London team and how much the experience meant to me. If I was an economist I’d lay out the investment and return as unparalleled. I have never been in an environment as supportive, encouraging and uplifting as that at GRL. I think I’ve learnt more about music and creativity than any music or art class in the formal education system. Every member of the team blew me away with their approachability, friendliness, knowledge and skill, encouragement and guidance. (participant)
  • I have seen first-hand the lasting impact that positive encouragement can have on people and how, with enough determination and teamwork, we can create the change we want to see in the world. Thank you, GRL! (volunteer)

  • To improve the confidence and self-esteem of young women and girls. One in four girls aged 14 is depressed, and twice as many 14 and 15 year old girls than boys are unhappy with their appearance. Hospital admissions because of self-harm among girls has risen by 68% in the past decade.
  • To increase the number of women and girls making music. Over the past decade, a reported 95% of Reading and Leeds festival line-ups have been dominated by male acts. 



Girls Rock London (GRL!) is a music project for girls and women in London, part of a movement of rock camps that take place all over the world.

GRL! is united by a desire to achieve gender equality in the music industry and to ensure that all girls and women get the chance to make music. The aims of the project are to empower girls and women – regardless of previous musical experience – to write and perform music, and to build self-confidence.

The programme is a mixture of musical/technical tuition and workshops, which together help to build participants’ self-esteem and confidence, and provide a platform for girls and women to find and develop their voices. Rock Camp is all about trying new things, working together and making lots of NOISE…

GRL! welcomes applicants who self-identify as girls, women, trans* and/or gender non-conforming.

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Violin Girls Athens © Angel Ballesteros

Sistema England

England, United Kingdom

  • Sistema England comprises 3,300 musicians aged 0-18 from more than 80 schools.
  • Globally, Sistema-inspired programmes serve an estimated one million people in at least sixty countries. 
  • Between October 2015 and August 2016, the Sistema England Young Leaders membership grew from 35 to 60 musicians.
  • Upwards of 2,000 young musicians and music tutors were able to participate in SMEEC in 2015 thanks to a €200,000 matched funding provision by the EU Culture Programme.


  • 'The energy and the vibe that we get off each other during the camp just energises us and motivates us to keep going, no matter what the challenges are. That’s what’s great about Sistema England.' Simi, Cellist, In Harmony Lambeth, Sistema England Young Leader
  • 'The summer camp was an amazing experience for all our new and current Young Leaders. Throughout the week the kids were able to go beyond the normal expectations of them.' Teacher
  • 'I flew to Sweden with ten children – somehow I managed to lose them all! Luckily, the parents of those children seemed thrilled that I brought back ten mature, responsible and inspired young adults in their place! How is it possible for a group of children to become confident, empowered, broad minded and musically progressed in just one week? El Sistema… Achieving huge things alongside new friends, being given the space to make the right decisions and not be held back by the usual restraints in their day to day lives.' Steve Copley, Music Director, Sistema in Norwich

Sistema England aims within five years to be a recognised leader in the global 'music for change' field through enabling both high 'Musical Return on Investment' and high Social Return on Investment (SROI) for children and young people. Its aims are:

  • To empower children and young people to become agents of their futures and global citizens
  • To enable children and young people to make great music and art together
  • To increase the workforce of engaging and effective teaching artists
  • To strengthen the community of 'music change makers' to spread best practices

Sistema England aims to transform the lives of children, young people and their communities through the power of music-making.

Sistema England’s objectives are:

  • To build a Youth Company that provides high-quality musical progression and life-skills development for the most committed young musicians on Sistema programmes
  • To deliver high-quality teacher training, investing in future leaders of ‘music for change’ work
  • To run innovation labs and action research for music professionals
  • To provide instruments for young musicians in England where otherwise unaffordable

Sistema England organises several projects aimed at both young and experienced practitioners, including:

  • Sistema England Young Leaders – a nationwide orchestra comprising the most skilled members from  In Harmony LambethIn Harmony LiverpoolIn Harmony NewcastleIn Harmony TelfordSistema in Norwich and The Nucleo Project.
  • Youth Music Spotlighting – a project bringing together music teachers from Sistema-inspired programmes in England to learn and share effective practices with each other and subsequently with the wider music education workforce.
  • The Sistema-inspired Music Education and Exchange with Canada (SMEEC) – a European Union Culture Programme funded project allowing children, young people and teachers from In Harmony Lambeth, In Harmony Liverpool, In Harmony Telford & Stoke and Sistema in Norwich to travel and perform outside England.

‘Our young musicians want to make music that is so powerful it influences change – for themselves, together, for others. We are excited to welcome a highly motivational teaching team that can help them achieve this. Each year we get closer to a way of working with young people that leads to electrifying performances, individual empowerment and stronger community. By improving our own practice we want to help others seeking to enable positive change through the arts.’ Fiona Cunningham, CEO of Sistema England.

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Meet the Music

Meet the Music

Piano House, Brighton Terrace, London SW9, United Kingdom

  • Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School

  • Breathe Arts Health Research

  • The Christopher Rowbotham Charitable Trust
  • The Douglas Heath Eves Charitable Trust
  • The Dunhill Medical Trust

  • Evelina Hospital School

  • The February Foundation
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital School

  • Harrow Music Education Hub

  • Headway East London

  • The Human Trafficking Foundation
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (King's College London)

  • Jewish Care

  • MariaMarina Foundation
  • Orchestras Live

  • Queen Mary University of London

  • The Richard Hickox Foundation
  • Royal Hospital for Neurodisability

  • St Joseph’s Hospice

  • Task Force Trust
  • Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES)

  • University College London Hospital School

  • 'Some of the kids had never publicly performed before. It was a real milestone for their confidence. To be given the opportunity was just fantastic.' Julia Schubert, Westgate Youth Group, Ipswich


  • To work in care homes, hospitals and hospices, honing the necessary skills to allow music to aid in the healing process and provide an outlet for those who need it most.
  • To work alongside local music hubs to deliver unique creative projects and first-time orchestral experiences with young people who have significantly lower levels of arts engagement.
  • To address the economic and cultural barriers that may prevent young people from discovering classical music, workshop participants work directly with our musicians to programme and produce a range of exciting and inspiring concerts.


City of London Sinfonia‘s Meet the Music programme spends over 170 days a year in the community making music with 14,000+ people.

Current Meet the Music projects include:

  • Wellbeing through Music. This takes place in healthcare settings, where City of London Sinfonia (CLS) musicians deliver performances, often at patients’ bedsides, as well as end-of-term projects for young children in major London teaching hospitals such as Great Ormond Street. They also undertake regular visits to care homes in North London, making music with Holocaust survivors or people suffering from dementia. Plans for the next three years include creating a body of research around the effectiveness of these projects, going beyond the anecdotal and providing clinical evidence as to their effectiveness.
  • Growth through Music. This sees CLS musicians working with very young children (aged 3-7) in communities that are geographically or economically isolated, including rural Suffolk and Tower Hamlets. Working closely with schools and music education hubs, CLS addresses a significant gap in provision for children at a crucial time in their academic and social development, performing for children and families through its Crash Bang Wallop! and Lullaby concert series and creating interactive first-time orchestral experiences for teenagers and young people through its First Time Live projects in collaboration with Orchestras Live.

Header photo: Lullaby concert in CLS’s Growth through Music programme © Paul Coghlin

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