The UK’s largest city and capital, London has the greatest inequality of any region in the country. Extreme wealth and extreme deprivation often live side by side, in the same borough or even down the same street.
Thirty-seven percent of London children are living in poor households compared to 26% for the rest of England. Inner London has a higher poverty rate than outer London, and East has a higher poverty rate than West. The borough of Tower Hamlets has the highest level of child poverty in the country.
London is the most ethnically diverse city in the country, with 55% of the population identifying as Black or Minority Ethnic (BAME). It also has the highest rate of children and young people in contact with the criminal justice system.
Drummer Tommy, 15, is studying GCSE Music and loves composing his own beats. It’s a real change from a few years ago, when he had issues controlling his temper and was excluded from school several times.
Elijah found communication difficult and struggled in school. African drumming has given him the confidence to express himself, socialise with others, and even get GCSE grades that no one expected.
Pembe was one of the first people to join the Five O Band, a ground-breaking project which saw police officers and ‘at-risk’ young people form a band together.
Shallise is a 22-year-old singer and songwriter from south London. Making music helped her cope after the loss of her dad.
London Symphony Orchestra
At the Youth Create Day, young disabled people from across East London had the opportunity to experiment with new instruments and technology, improvise in a group and enjoy performances from the LSO’s world-class musicians. They also met an X Factor star!
Kinetika Bloco Croydon's fun-packed October half term workshop gave young people the chance to learn drums, steel pans, brass or woodwind, make new friends and perform together.