Band called SEED and students playing a gig at Church of Sound

Future Sound Live

Our award-winning, flagship music education programme is for young people from 11 to 18.

Future Sound Live is an aspirational and inspirational music learning programme that pairs young people with professional musicians along with a jazz promoter. We inspire them to develop their musical and composition skills through school workshops, a live performance and a recording session in a professional studio.

This term we are thrilled to be rolling out the programme in Manchester for the very first time, led by saxophonist Emma Johnson. Read more about Emma, and why leading a programme in the North is close to her heart, in our recent blog post about the project.

Past projects have been led by Sheila Maurice-Grey and Kokoroko; Cassie Kinoshi and SEED; Jas Kayser and Chums; and Plumm with performances at award-winning jazz venue Church of Sound.

what IS IT?

Future Sound Live workshops focus on skills that students simply aren’t offered as part of their in-school music curriculum.

They include the following:

  • Composition and songwriting
  • Playing your instrument as part of a band
  • Performance skills
  • Recording music
  • Building a career in the music industry.

The 30+ hours of music workshops are for 20 students aged 11 to 18 who have shown musical talent and potential but might not otherwise have had an opportunity to engage with the arts outside of school. It’s also an opportunity to work with musicians who are part of the thriving UK music scene.

The students get to experience what it’s like to be a musician, develop compositions that are inspired by their own influences, and perform in a professional space that’s local to them, but which they might not know about. In the second part of the project they can experience what it’s like to record their compositions professionally. 

As part of the project the visiting musicians will prepare a special performance for your wider student community.

You can watch the film of our 2022 programme here:

You can watch the film of our 2021 programme here:

You can watch the film of our 2020 programme here:

You can watch the film of our 2018 programme here:

when IS IT?

A school term of your choice.

Where IS IT?

Future Sound has been based at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, and delivered in partnership with nearby venue Church of Sound and recording studios Premises Studios and Strongroom Studios. We are keen to work with schools and community groups across London and other parts of the UK, and are currently setting up a new project in Manchester.

IMPACT OF THE Future Sound programme

What people are saying

“The workshops with the students working directly with the musicians were a really special and unique opportunity that in a school setting you just can’t get.  Future Sound provided the students with direct engagement with professional jazz musicians who are young and similar to them. Several of our students have now expressed interest in pursuing music further when they leave school, which is really exciting.”

Sophie Sayer, Head of Music, Mossbourne Community Academy

“We can come in and show that the possibilities are endless if they really put their mind to it, whatever they do. A lot of these guys have so much potential to be amazing musicians. As workshop leaders we were very relatable – we met them on their level. The students respected us, professional musicians who can walk the walk. There was a very supportive communal vibe, particularly with the final performance.”

Sheila Maurice Grey, bandleader and workshop leader, Kokoroko

“It’s a way to embrace who you are and it’s really fun.”

Future Sound Live 2020 participant

“Music is really important because it’s not like other subjects, you get to be more active, and you also get to explore your emotions through the music that you play.”

Future Sound Live 2020 participant

“They can walk away from this (project) feeling like ‘even though I’m not where I wanna be right now in relation to my instrument, or my life, there are people out there doing it, so why can’t I?”

Yohan Kebede, Future Sound Live workshop leader and member of Kokoroko

We’d love to work with your school or community group wherever you are in the UK, and connect you with musicians and venues.