Our Story


  • 23 April: Official launch of MiSST in Highbury Grove School with founders Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Andrew Wolfson present as special guests.
  • April: Italy Tour – 40 HGS students embark on a journey to Lucca in Italy.
  • June: Matthew Morrison who played Will Schuester in Glee drops in at Highbury Grove School and does an assembly offering students advice and a master class. An extremely exciting day for all students.
  • September: Lister Community School in Newham joins the programme with 240 year 7 students.  
  • October: New Zealand’s Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Mr Christopher Finlayson visits HGS to learn about MiSST and the programme.


  • May: Lister school holds their spring concert where all year 7s perform a beginners level repertoire.
  • July: Year 7 HGS music students play at Lister Community Fayre.
  • September: 4 new schools join the MiSST programme; Frederick Bremer School in Waltham Forest, Sedgehill School in Lewisham, Mount Carmel RC College in Islington and Islington Arts and Media School.
  • November: A group of students busk at Highbury and Islington Underground Station to raise funds for musical instruments for students Parla – Spain.
  • December: All schools hold their Christmas/Winter Concerts.



  • 6 – 7 January: NYO Residency held at Highbury Grove. NYO musicians led workshops with students and all perform pieces orchestrated by Dimitri Scarlato.The NYO perform Elgar Symphony No 1 conducted by John Wilson to an invited audience – it was spectacular.
  • 26 January – 14 students from HGS invited by Andrew Lloyd Webber to see his recently revised musical CATS.
  • 7 – 12 February: 40 pupils tour to Parla – Spain.
  • 19 – 23 March: Italy Tour – HGS Junior Orchestra tour to Lucca in Italy.
  • 11 May: MiSST’s inaugural concert at the Barbican. An extremely important day for all students.
  • 1– 4 July: MiSST Summer Residency at Radley College.
  • September 27th: 12 MiSST pupils performed with Nicola Benedetti at the Royal Albert Hall
  • September: Grade 8 flutist Deronne White from Highbury Grove School wins a place at the National Youth Orchestra after being supported by the MiSST programme.


  • January 5th – 6th: 100 teenagers from the National Youth Orchestra return to Highbury Grove and Lister Community School to lead workshops.
  • January 20th: Pupils from Saint Mary Magdalene Academy and New North Academy showcase their musical progress for the Brewers Livery Company, who fund the MiSST@Islington schools
  • June 27th: MiSST Annual Concert in the Great Hall at Goldsmiths. Hold the date!
  • July 11th – 14th: MiSST return to Radley College for our summer residency.


Jay Paul-Fry: Year 8

Jay started at Highbury Grove School in September 2013 and in that time has achieved extremely well on his instrument, the Bassoon.  He originally chose to study the Trombone but was convinced to take up the bassoon as he displayed natural talent when he first tried the instrument.  Fortunately, this proved to be a good decision as he has since developed a passion for the Bassoon and admitted that he likes the unique timbre and aesthetics of the instrument.  Jay sat his Grade 2 exam in January 2015 and achieved a distinction, which is remarkable progress for someone who has only been learning an instrument for just over a year.  Jay is a member of the Highbury Grove School Junior Orchestra and is going on tour with the group to Italy in 2015.  His parents say they are proud of him and that he chose a good instrument to pursue.  Jay isn’t sure what career path he would like to choose in the future but says he isn’t ruling out music at this point in time.


Jay Paul-Fry