Francesca Hanley Inspiration Award

Highly Commended: Jayne Barnes “Jayne was delighted to accept the Francesca Hanley Inspiration Award on behalf of herself, Barnet Education Arts Trust and Ark Music. Inspiration is a team effort“ We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Jayne Barnes for her outstanding achievement as a highly commended recipient of the Francesca Hanley Inspiration Award at the Music … Read more

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We are running GCSE Performance masterclass workshops on Tuesday 13th February for students aged 14-16 who wish to develop performing skills for GCSE. You will have an opportunity to perform to a small group of like minded musicians and receive advice from a GCSE Moderator. Session begins at 9.30 – 11pm or 11.30 – 1pm, … Read more


Alumni Spotlight

Will McGahon tells us about his time at BEAT and what’s doing now. I started the violin aged 7, and was flailing around with terrible teachers and going nowhere until I started going to Finchley Music Centre every Saturday morning. I was awestruck by the talent of the older students in Jazz Club (and its … Read more


Teacher Feature – Gary Steadman

We’ve been chatting to Gary, who works at BEAT Music Academy East, and several schools in Barnet. Read on to find what Gary does at BEAT. What do you do at BEAT?  I teach guitar, bass and drums What else do you do? I am mainly a recording artist and occasionally perform live. What do … Read more

January Sale Flyer 2024

Kickstart Your Musical Journey with Our January Sale: 50% Off for New Students!

To encourage budding musicians to kickstart their musical journey, we are excited to announce a whopping 50% discount on all group and ensemble fees exclusively for new students. Whether you’ve always dreamt of joining a band, or refining your vocal skills, now is the perfect time to turn those dreams into reality. Our January Sale … Read more


Alumni Spotlight

We spoke to Leo to uncover his experiences at BEAT and his accomplishments since. Leo Richardson – Saxophone When did you start learning? I started learning the clarinet with BEAT when I was in year 4 and saxophone when in year 6. What did you do at BEAT? I taught saxophone, clarinet and flute individually … Read more


Wind Band Day

We are running a Wind Band day on Tuesday 24th October from 9.30am – 3.30pm at Dollis Primary School. A fun-filled day of music-making for wind, brass and percussion players who are Grade 1-4 level. To enrol please click here (£30 per person). For full details see here: If you would like to download … Read more

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Composing Workshop

We are running a composing workshop on Tuesday 24th October for students aged 14-17 who wish to develop their composition skills for GCSE and A Level. The session begins at 9.30am and runs through to 2.30pm. The cost is £30 and places are limited. To enrol please click here. For full details see here: … Read more


Normandy Tour July 2023

The July 2023 Normandy Tour was a source of immense pride for the exceptional group of musicians involved. This five-day tour took place in Normandy, France, featuring three outstanding concerts held at Chateau de Canon, Juno Beach, and Honfleur. The musicians’ exceptional talents were showcased at these distinct venues. The Chateau de Canon provided a … Read more

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The BEAT 10th Anniversary Concert Shines at St. John’s Smith Square

The highly anticipated BEAT 10th Anniversary concert took place on 2nd July at St. John’s Smith Square, captivating a sold-out crowd with an unforgettable display of musical talent. Over 100 BEAT musicians graced the stage, performing both as individual groups and a mesmerising massed ensemble. The ambitious program pushed the boundaries of musical prowess and delighted attendees with … Read more