Newham Community Music Cluster

The Newham Community Music Cluster

Lister Community School is the lead partner of the Newham Community Music Cluster, which brings together five local primary schools to share music teaching, resources and extra-curricular music activities. We are delighted to be working with Plaistow, Portway, Selwyn, Southern Road and Upton Cross primary schools to increase engagement in musical activities and bring our communities together.

The cluster is funded by a School Music Grant from the London Borough of Newham, and formalised work started in September 2019. We’ve enjoyed some fabulous lessons and concert days this year, and although ‘normal’ life may be on hold, our music making and planning most definitely is not! We’re busy working behind the scenes to make sure we have lots of musical fun and learning coming up as soon as we can… in the meantime, here are some things we’ve already been up to, and some tutorials so everyone can keep playing at home. Keep scrolling – there is plenty to see!


Lockdown activities

It is tough not being at school and we are all missing being able to make music with our friends. So we got together virtually instead and put a little video together… who can you spot?! Thanks to everyone who took part and sent videos in – it took Mr Sinclair hours and hours to put this treat together for us!


Want to learn some new pieces? Your teachers have put together some tutorials for you! Each piece is broken down so you can learn step by step, before playing along with a backing track. There are also videos to help you look after your instrument properly – find your instrument, press play and then click on the YouTube icon in the bottom right corner of the video to be taken to the full playlist.






Need some inspiration? Check out our instrumental teachers performing some pieces at home! If you have any requests, send an email to and tell us what you would like to hear your teachers playing!


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