Musical Beacons 2012

Musical Beacons February – June 2012

A musical dialogue between two communities.

Musical Beacons was a collaboration between Soundcastle and residents of Bow and Charlton, creating unique new music inspired by local identity.










Musical Beaons 2This project aimed  to ignite communal creativity to celebrate the individual voices of unique communities, and the diversity of our London boroughs and residents.

Soundcastle built new music collectives rooted to their local area, resident in two community spaces. Our participants spanned all ages, and included professional musicians, keen amateurs and musical novices, all connected by a sense of place. Every week we met to create and devise new music, using our voices and a range of instruments. Our inspiration was taken from local history, stories, memories, personal experience and the thoughts and ideas of our participants.

We kept a dialogue between the two venues through our words and music. With recordings and a joint scrapbook, ideas were passed across the river, between centres so that our music grew and inspiration was shared across borough boundaries.

Musical Beacons 2Musical Beacons was presented in local Diamond Jubilee performances in Bow and Charlton in June 2012. This was followed by a joint Finale that brought together participants from both communities in St. George’s Bloomsbury – a central London venue. Here we played together, met new people from different parts of the city and shared our new, original music. It was a pleasure working with the Bow and Charlton communities and we hope to repeat this project in the future. Keep a look out for updates!

You can read our official report on the project here: Musical Beacons Report 2012

The Centre, 32 Merchant Street, Bow, E3 4PZ

St. Richards Hall, Swallowfield Road, SE7  7NR

Musical Beacons 3If you are interested in having a Soundcastle project in your community or venue, please see the Get Involved page or contact us at


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Here is our greetings song built from all the many ways we like to say hello!