The Gallions Music Trust

Help disadvantaged children in Newham learn music

Pupils at Gallions primary school come from the 5% most deprived households in the country. The money gives all children at Gallions the chance to learn an instrument. We run orchestras and choirs, loan free instruments to children to take home and provide extra lessons for pupils who show promise.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 June 2021 to 12:00 PM, 22 June 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1141927)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups


United Kingdom


Gallions primary school opened in September 1999 in Newham, East London. Newham is the 11th most deprived area in the country. The Winsor Park Estate is one of the poorest areas in Newham, consisting of 95% social housing. The school has a diverse ethnic intake with over 60 different languages being spoken by the pupils and staff. It is typical of this demographic that pupils attending this school have low expectations and achievements. Thanks to a dedicated music team, this is not the case.


We introduce music lessons to all children in reception and it is woven into life throughout the school. All start lessons on a string instrument in yr 2 and continue throughout their time at Gallions. We bring the children together through orchestras and ensembles and encourage them to believe that they can achieve anything through dedication and practice. Music is at the heart of our offering to vulnerable and SEN children and provides all kids with a common language to express their emotions.

  • When I came to school, my English was not good. In the music classes, I could join in properly. When I got to year two, they gave me a cello. I love the sound the cello makes - low like a growling bear. I'm not good at football, but it's ok because I'm in the junior orchestra.

    — Charlie Lam

  • I am deeply proud to be associated with the music programme at Gallions. At a time of cutbacks in the arts, they provide a perfect example of the value of music in the curriculum and children’s lives.

    — Sheila Hancock

  • I wouldn't play the double bass if it wasn't for the support I got here. I can't imagine not playing the double bass!

    — Ayesha - age 10