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.


Carlos Valero: Year 10 

Carlos Valero came to England at the age of three after his parents migrated from Ecuador, South America. Carlos moved into Highbury with his parents and two siblings, one of which played the guitar. Seeing his older sister playing an instrument inspired him to pursue music himself. Carlos’ family speak Spanish as a first language, but he also speaks English and Italian.

Carlos decided to attend Highbury Grove School after attending an opening evening and witnessing how vibrant the music department was, listing it as his first choice. He does not receive instrumental lessons at home and had only achieved a Grade 2 by the time he enrolled at Highbury Grove (beginning his clarinet journey in year 4). However Carlos has now achieved 4 additional grades and is currently working towards his Grade 8 practical exam. Additionally Carlos has achieved Grade 5 in music theory.

Carlos is encouraged by two very supportive parents who even saved to buy Carlos a wooden Le Blanc clarinet. They encourage him to practice at least four times per week. “I most enjoy playing my instrument because of the opportunities I get” says Carlos, “My best moment at Highbury Grove was playing my instrument for Andrew Lloyd Webber”. Carlos explained he would like to play the clarinet as part of an orchestra when he becomes an adult, but for the moment he is a happy member of Highbury Grove’s Scholars Orchestra and Saturday Music School.


Carlos Valero