“London is now one of the great cultural reservoirs for humanity. As such it stands as the keeper of the heritage of musical mankind - and has the possibility of leading the world in a shared multi-culturalism of music, gained and promoted as of right from the musical melting pot of the world.”

The aim of our World Music Academy programme is to draw on the musical & cultural wealth of musicians resident in London and the UK, as well as visiting international artists, to enable discourse in, and exploration of cultural identity and roots to take place, and to develop the creative talent of the future through world music.The World Music Academy offers classes, workshops and projects based at the Lyric. 

We have two touring projects:

World Music Academy on the Road

A programme of workshops & mini projects for schools, targeting areas and regions that are challenged in addressing cultural diversity and have poor or limited access to world music, particularly those in rural and isolated communities (geographically or socially). The workshops use singing, rhythm and instrumental skills to introduce participants to different world music styles and cultures with simple, powerful musical arrangements.


Led by Musiko Musika’s Artistic Directors, Mauricio Venegas-Astorga and Rachel Pantin, the project team of four or five musicians, all experts in their cultural tradition and instruments and representing diverse world music backgrounds, introduce participants to their music and culture in the participatory workshops and presentations.


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World Music Academy Touring Concerts

In partnership with Quimantu and Tatu Music, the World Music Academy tours an annual programme of concerts and performances to arts centres, schools, community venues and festivals.

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World Music Academy: Inspire

A training and creative development course for culturally diverse and talented young musicians aged 16 to 24, through which they develop the life skills, leadership, and vocational musicianship skills that will enable their progression towards a career in the music industry or community music sector.