Islington Council is launching Music Education Islington, a pioneering new music service for its schools.

This week the council announces its new partnership with lead delivery organisation Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the internationally renowned conservatoire in the City of London. The first such partnership of its kind, Music Education Islington will be truly universal – accessible to every Islington child and young person aged five to 18, regardless of their background, educational attainment or ability to play.

Islington’s school pupils and teachers will be able to make the most of world-class music education and resources, as well as gaining access to a wide range of music and cross-arts experiences at both Guildhall School and at the Barbican. The partnership will also offer an instrument loan service with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes.

Councillor Kaya Comer-Schwartz, Islington Council’s executive member for children, young people and families, said: ‘Islington sits at the heart of one of the most important cultural cities in the world, attracting talented and passionate creative minds from far and wide.

‘We have made it our aim to capitalise on this, so that all of Islington’s young people have every opportunity to thrive. So I am thrilled to announce our new partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, an internationally renowned conservatoire, and a host of leading music organisations. Together Islington will become true leaders in music education.’

Sean Gregory, director of learning and engagement at the Guildhall School and Barbican Centre, said: ‘We are very excited that Music Education Islington is ready to launch and feels fully aligned with the school’s vision to help young people find their creative voice.

‘Our pioneering cultural alliance between a conservatoire and a world-class art centre will create transformative opportunities and help to equip the talent of the next generation through this new hub partnership.’