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Outreach and Learning
Central to Ignite's ethos is their dedication to musical learning and participation. 
Their work with improvisation gives them the flexibility and sensitivity to respond to varied contexts. 
Being able to respond to the existing musical interests of participants helps bring out the musical voices of those that they work with. They are very experienced, working with all ages and abilities, from the elderly to young children with disabilities, to young talent or adults with English as a second language.


Their Creative Ensemble model of workshop leading provides a strong vessel and an inviting space in which the musical ideas of workshop participants can flourish. Using one-page scores and directed improvisation, which mirror their own rehearsal processes, they collaborate across cultural and social boundaries to create new music. This music balances creative diversity, compositional integrity and confident perfomance.


Ignite also offer concerts for young people and families. Their concerts offer original compositions and "ignited" pieces from more familiar repertoire, and have responded to themes linked to school curriculum projects including Darwin, Dreams and 'You Are What You Eat'. 

Projects with Wigmore Hall Learning

Regular projects for Wigmore Hall Learning include creative work with long-term partners:

      •  Chelsea and Westminster Community Hospital School

      •  The Cardinal Hume Centre, who offer a variety of services enabling people to gain the skills they need to overcome poverty and homelessness

      •  Turtle Key Arts  through whom Ignite run an annual course for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.

 photos Martin Dixon