Turn up the volume on your musical ambition in 2022

Is learning something new on your list of New Year’s resolutions? This January is the perfect time to start a new hobby and if it’s something musical, we can help! Whether you’re bored of working from home and are looking for ways to get musical outside or just want to get the creative juices flowing in the comfort of your own home, the beat is back in the borough and it’s time for you to join the track. 

We’ve assembled a list of all the cool musical activities that you can do in the borough this coming year. Open mics, song competitions and live band performances are just some of the musical activities you can enjoy in 2022! 


Songwriting Workshop for Beginners

When: Sunday, 30th January 10.30am-12.30pm

Where: The Arts Centre, Hounslow

About this event

Elaine Samuels is hosting a fun songwriting workshop for beginners, introducing you to the creative art of expressing yourself through music. As well as having written and performed her own songs at prestigious festivals and clubs, like Glastonbury Festival and The Cavern Club in Liverpool, and having competed successfully in many songwriting competitions, Elaine has a wealth of experience teaching songwriting. In 2005, she was commissioned to write a six-article series on ‘Song Craft’, for ‘Music Maker’ magazine.

Elaine’s January 2022 songwriting workshop will help participants unlock their creativity and give them a complete strategy for creating songs on the subject of their choice. During the workshop, there will be creative exercises designed to unleash potential and ideas. Elaine will also go through the process of creating a song from start to finish and participants will leave with their own song.

Elaine organises and hosts open mics in SW London and holds songwriting competitions, with cash prizes, on a regular basis. Find out about the current one.

Open Mic Night at the Cross Lances

When: Every third Sunday of the month, from 7.00pm to 10.30pm

Where: Cross Lances Pub, 236 Hanworth Rd, Hounslow, TW3 3TU

About this event

Acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Elaine Samuels is hosting a fun and friendly open mic night at the Cross Lances Pub, Hanworth Rd, Hounslow, every third Sunday of the month, from 7pm. There is high-quality sound and lighting provided. Participants sign up on the night and usually get a spot of around three numbers, depending on how busy any particular night is. Singers who don’t play an instrument can get backing from instrument players, especially if they bring a sheet, with the lyrics and chords on, with them. Jamming with each other is encouraged and the evening is both entertaining as well as a great deal of fun!

Open Mic Nights at Gunnersbury Park Museum 

When: Friday, 4th March 7- 9.00pm

Friday, 1st April 7- 9.00pm

Friday, 6th May 7- 9.00pm

Friday, 3rd June 7- 9.00pm 

Where: Gunnersbury Park Museum 

About this event

We’ll be holding monthly open mic sessions from March 2022. Sessions will be led by Edwin Addis, an experienced open mic host with a flair for making everyone feel welcome and supported. These sessions are a great opportunity for participants to showcase their vocal talents and meet new people. Participants will need to email learning@visitgunnersbury.org if they would like to perform. Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis so book yours now so you don’t miss out! These open mic sessions are suitable for anyone with a disability. £5 booking fee per person (free for children aged 5 – 11).

Learn how to play an instrument

Hounslow Music Service

Get your children excited to learn a new instrument this year. The Hounslow Music Service delivers concerts and performances for children and young people in the borough throughout the year. Established in 1980 to provide instrumental lessons for the borough’s young people, today the service has a team of more than 70 professionals who teach more than 12,000 pupils in and out of schools all around the borough — and your child could be next! 

The Service runs a structured, progressive programme of bands, orchestras and choirs for pupils outside school and a Saturday Music School for more advanced pupils, including organising festivals like the Primary School Summer Singing Festival annually. They manage and maintain over 8,000 instruments and have a well-stocked music library, ensuring your child has access to instruments and the resources they need. 

In a typical year, the Hounslow Music Service will generate around 700 performances, involving more than 22,000 participants and perform to around 190,000 people. Highlights include young musicians from the Service performing with musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra. Brass players from Hounslow were lucky enough to join Haken Hardenberger, considered by many to be the greatest trumpet player alive today, on stage at the Royal Festival Hall. Woodwind players from Hounslow performed alongside players from the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of their Stravinsky series at the Royal Festival Hall. Musicians from the Service have also travelled to La Rochelle in Western France where they played in a number of well-received concerts.

In 2016, Hounslow Music Service became a charitable company, to enable the service to attract new funding streams and to secure the service for the children and young people of Hounslow for the future.

Hounslow Community Brass Band

The Community Brass Band is a fun way for adults with musical ambition to learn a brass instrument, with no previous experience playing an instrument or reading music required. As long as you’ve got lots of enthusiasm and perseverance, you can be playing in no time!

The Brass Band is run in partnership with the Hounslow Music Service and was developed as a result of consultation with a wide range of local people and community groups. Whilst the borough has a strong schools music service, there are very few music participation opportunities for adults, which is where Brass Band really shines. Many of the players, who had never touched a brass instrument before, are now rehearsing and performing arrangements of The Planets, by Gustav Holst or even Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

Hounslow Community Brass Band welcomes new members. To find out more, contact cpphounslow@watermans.org.uk