Our principle partners are Islington schools, colleges and centres that share the responsibility of providing the best possible music and arts education for Islington’s children and young people.

Beyond this, Arts First also works in partnership with a number of world-renowned organisations including ensembles, orchestras, schools of music and prestigious performance venues. Working with these partners allows us to provide opportunities for our young musicians to listen to, work alongside and perform with excellent professional players. We are partnered with organisations that provide aspiration and progression routes for committed young musicians and singers.

At the simplest level our partners visit young musicians in schools and demonstrate the levels of excellence they have achieved. They engage with young musicians in a way that provides them with answers about the way into the world of the professional musician.

Some of our partners focus on bringing undergraduate musicians together with our players as mentors and buddies. This is a huge boost for our children and young people and provides the undergraduates with key teaching and organisational skills that they can build on in their careers. 
Other partners have engaged with our children and young people in a much more complex way offering long term tuition by professional players and inclusion in a variety of performance opportunities at some of London’s most prestigious venues. These programmes involve our partners in, intensive planning and fund raising, robust music education activity and life-changing performance opportunities. Please click on the buttons below to find out more about some of our partners...