Hackney Empire hosts giant schools concert
Hackney Empire came alive with the sound of percussion, as more than 200 school pupils from Hackney and Tower Hamlets took to the stage.
The fifth annual Borough Beats, on 6 June, showcased the best urban sounds, percussion and world music from local schools. The neighbouring boroughs take it in turn to host the prestigious event; previous shows have been held at the Round Chapel in Clapton and the Troxy in Tower Hamlets.
Borough Beats is one of the ways Hackney showcases the great musical talent being nurtured in our schools. This annual event is always a fantastic show and this year’s performances did not disappoint; by the end, nearly everyone in the room was on their feet, joining in and everyone left with smile on their face.
The audience was treated to a lively show including African and Afro Cuban drumming, orchestral percussion and steel pan, as well as some impressive dance displays that had guests on their feet. The evening culminated in a massed performance by all the musicians and performers.