WeCompose: inspiring young music-makers

Help us to inspire disadvantaged young people by unlocking their full creative potential through making and writing music together. Part of our award-winning Learning & Participation programme, WeCompose enables young people to develop new creative and social skills for life.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (326811)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Music education is facing a crisis. Due to lack of funding, opportunities are limited for young people to experience high-quality music in schools. Teachers report a lack of confidence in teaching composition, and creativity is suffering as a result. There is evidence that children naturally enjoy composing music, but they frequently cannot achieve their full creative potential due to a lack of real support, access to professional musicians, inspiration and guidance.


We will bring professional musicians and composers together with teachers and students to unlock creativity in the next generation of music-makers. A composer will visit schools to inspire student’s compositions, guiding them through the process. Teachers will also receive training and support, giving them the skills and confidence to continue creating music with students into the future. Culmination events with professional musicians will see the young people’s work performed and recorded.

  • “Performing on the same stage as real musicians made me feel like when I’m older I can be doing the same thing and inspiring other young people to want to do this as well.”

    — Student, Milton Keynes

  • “It’s amazing to perform on the same stage as these amazing musicians who we don’t usually see every day, and to put our point out there that we are musicians too.”

    — Student, Milton Keynes

  • “To come to a theatre, to perform, to work with professionals, and to see what life could be like in the creative arts - it will open up doors for them that they’ve not thought of before.”

    — Secondary School Teacher, Barking