Welcome to the virtual home of music in Barking and Dagenham

Theory Introductory Course


The new online LBBD CMS Introductory Music Theory Course has been written and devised especially for LBBD CMS pupils already playing instruments and will help you gain a better understanding of music theory and help you with your instrumental lessons. More information here.


The CMS Lockdown Orchestra

Music education and music-making in the borough has not stopped over the lockdown period. Here are some examples the pupils, and staff have recorded together.


The Thames Reach Youth Orchestra

The TRY orchestra brings together pupils from Barking & Dagenham Community Music Service and Thurrock Music Services.

Watching the video of LBBD’s CMS virtual orchestra was simply inspirational for so many reasons. The talent of the performers was uplifting and the effort that the CMS staff have clearly put into ensuring a musical and cultural education continues for their young musicians is admirable. My compliments to all involved!!!!

Jamie Bell

Head Teacher, Warren Junior School

The Thames Reach Youth Orchestra brings people together and unites them in a common purpose.  It challenges whilst remaining enjoyable.  It innovates in adversity.  It serves as an important stepping stone in a young person’s creative musical journey. It is music-making at it’s best.

Roy Dignum

Assistant and Acting Head , Thurrock Music Services

The TRY Orchestra is a prime example of partnership providing opportunities to children and young people that add value to both partners’ offer.  Barking & Dagenham Community Music Service and Thurrock Music Services have used technology to keep music alive and contribute to the wellbeing of young musicians in their respective areas.  We all look forward to making music face-to-face again but while we can’t, digital technology offers a way to celebrate what students are still achieving and to inspire them to keep progressing in their music learning.
Gary Griffiths

Author, Music Unlocked

Small groups and Solos

Happy Christmas!

Denis Onyenandu, a London Music Fund Scholar, has recorded Silent Night as part of the Scholars Seasonal Song Competition. 

Recital Performance

This year’s Autumn recital evening took place virtually.

London Music Fund Scholars

Enjoy this performance of two of our London Music Fund Scholars.

CMS Staff Orchestra

The instrumental tutors recorded this version of All By Myself and I’m Still Standing!

The Frederick C Jones Young Musician Competition 2020

Founded in 1996, the Frederick C Jones Young Musician Competition is open to pupils within the borough Grade 5 and above.

Distinction award

Jonjoe Mould
Threes, Fives and Sevens
Philip Sparke


Theme from Schindler’s List
John Williams

Distinction award

Nir Amin
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana 
Pietro Mascagni