Current Projects


Musical Meeting Place

9 offices join with 9 primary and secondary schools for MMPa singing in the City extravaganza

City offices partner with their local schools to sing favourites from West End musicals of London (Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins), with concerts presented as part of the Festival. Led by music leaders from Music in Offices, who specialise in community singing at all levels of experience and ability, there will be a series of in-school and in-office workshops culminating in preview performances within the offices, followed by three larger concerts, bringing all participants together, with accompaniment by live musicians, a special guest compere and presented as a City of London Festival 2014 highlight on Friday 11th July.


Storybook World Cup

Great tales of soccer with premier league clubs

 Football is centre stage in the Festival’s new Bowler Hat theatre, as the City’s three community libraries unite with the Festival and football clubs Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Crystal Palace to present Saturday morning storytelling designed to engage primary school children and their parents around the great topic of the season…the World Cup!

 Special guests from London’s premier league football clubs will be invited to read children’s books about football, with lots of fun interaction with the audience and plenty of giveaways. Events take place at 11am on Saturdays 28th June, 5th and 12th July and aim to attract older Key Stage 2 students, who are at an age where reading development and interest in reading sometimes needs extra encouragement and where parental engagement is shown to be a beneficial.

Concert Contact

Young people and older adults visit concerts in spectacular City venues for free Concert Contact

This free ticket scheme gives secondary school students and pensioners the experience of live music in the City’s spectacular venues, encouraging wider contact with the artistic programme and opportunities for young people and older adults to meet and share thoughts and ideas. Pre-concert talks featuring musicians, composers and music leaders bring the programme to life, providing an insightful and accessible background to the repertoire, composers and players. This year the Festival is aiming for 150 tickets to be given away.

Off the Page! Festival Children’s ParadeChildren's Parade

City streets close as 1,500 children are welcomed into the centre of the Square Mile

The Festival’s annual, inspirational parade is growing 50% bigger! This year on Friday 27th June 2014 there will be 1,500 primary and secondary students responding to the theme ‘Off the page!’ as dozens of schools choose classic children books to bring alive through costume, puppetry, music and dance, working during term time with a team of Festival artists and created using tons of the City’s recyclable waste.

A team of Festival artists will deliver workshops in 10 primary and secondary schools of the City’s neighbouring boroughs, forming the core arts education project for the Parade, with dozens more schools across Greater London presenting their own work through the open access programme.


Route includes: Guildhall Yard, Cheapside, Paternoster Square with a finale concert at St Paul’s Steps at 1.30pm featuring a special guest presenter.

Level Playing Field: Street Guitar Concerto

Students come together to perform at one of the Festival’s Street Guitars Level Playing Field

 Three SEN schools and one mainstream secondary school will work with leaders from Drake Music to compose a piece of music inspired by the Festival’s Rock The Boat Street Guitars using assistive music technology and traditional instruments. The students will come together to share in two concert presentations of their work – next to a Street Guitar and inside the Festival’s own Bowler Hat pop up theatre.

Under the Bowler Hat

Digital animations with a Bowler Hat theme created by young people

 Two secondary schools will work with a leading digital animator to use software to create 2D computer animation responses to the theme ‘Under the Bowler Hat’. An animation interface will also be available at the Festival website for the public to respond, for which finalists and a prize winner for best animation will be announced. The students will come together to share in the concert presentation of their work inside the Festival’s own Bowler Hat theatre on Friday 4 July.

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