The Guildhall School of Music and Drama has teamed up with Islington Council to launch a new music education hub.

Part of the City of London Corporation’s wider initiative to work more closely with Islington Council, the hub will offer young people aged 5-18 access to world-class, sustained music education and resources.

There will be regular opportunities for children to sing, learn an instrument and work with professional musicians through the Guildhall, Barbican, and other partner organisations.

An instrument loan service will be available, with discounts or free provision for families on low incomes.

Councillor Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, called the partnership ‘ground-breaking’, adding: ‘We are very excited to harness the potential offered by joining forces with a world-famous conservatoire, as part of our commitment to making Islington a place where all children and young people get the best start in life.’

Lynne Williams, principal of the Guildhall, said: ‘As the school is already the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training at the under-18 level, via Junior Guildhall and Centre for Young Musicians, it seems a very natural progression to work with our neighbours to ensure that young people in Islington receive high quality music education.’