Next Generation Takes Over

LONDON Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom
Belvedere Road


Our Next Generation Takes Over programme gives audiences a first chance to hear the rising stars of tomorrow. This event celebrates emerging talent, profiling the incredible music made by young people across the UK and providing exciting opportunities for collaboration with professional musicians. 

This event will include music from:

  • ArtsTrain are proud to present a series of original compositions written by young people on the topic of ‘Searching for the Truth – the Rise of Fake News.’ - an exploration into the use of social media and fake news in today’s society through the eyes of young people from South East London.
    The young artists involved are facilitated by music creators Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne (Hejira) and producer James Yarde.
  • Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra was formed in 2015 as part of Wandsworth Music Academy. The Music Academy is run by Wandsworth Schools’ Music Service with an aim to provide quality music education and performance experience to young musicians in South London. Under the direction of Olly Blackman, the Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra tackles a huge range of big band repertoire, while honing ensemble technique, stylistic interpretation and improvisation skills. The orchestra has recently performed at Royal Festival Hall, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, and regularly appears at the Hideaway in Streatham. The Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra is thrilled to be working with Miguel Gorodi for their London Jazz Festival debut.
  • (Im)Possibilities is a Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning ensemble which gives young artists (aged between 14 – 25) the opportunity to collaborate with Guildhall School students, established London musicians and special guest collaborators.
    The band explores the possible and impossible to find new musical frontiers, taking inspiration from the Sun Ra Arkestra, Nicolas Jaar, African Drumming patterns, and contemporary electronic soundscapes.  This autumn, the group will be working with guest artist Binker Golding, leading up to a performance at Next Generation Takes Over.
  • Classical Meets Jazz ‘It’s All Music’ is inspired by the work of Wynton Marsalis, and has been a pilot partnership between Hackney Music Service, Serious, and the London Symphony Orchestra. This year-long project explores practical approaches to participation in classical and jazz music by children and young people from under-represented, culturally/ethnically diverse and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds (including white working class children). 
  • Youthsayers is a creative music opportunity for young people aged between 11 to 18 year olds living in the Lambeth area and is based at Raw Material Music and Media in Brixton.  The project was created in 2016 by Robin Hopcraft and Idris Rahman from London based band Soothsayers, funded by Arts Council England.