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Home of The Music Man Project UK Headquarters and Founding Service
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Where it all Began in 1999 - David Stanley's First Student, Tony
David Stanley
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Home of the Original Children's Music School (Est. 2001)
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Home of the Internationally Acclaimed Music Man Project Global Ambassadors
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The Music Man Project Essex

The Music Man Project Essex is the original service established by David Stanley BEM nearly 25 years ago. It is home to both the headquarters of the national Music Man Project charity and the acclaimed Music Man Project Global Ambassadors. Following a series of workshops with his friend Tony and other young adults with learning disabilities from Southend, David launched a Saturday Music School in 2001 supported by local charity Southend Mencap. David’s former pupil, Jenny Hitchcock, volunteered at the Music School and became David’s assistant when he took the service full-time in 2012. The Music Man Project Essex now runs classes 6 days a week, including daily sessions for adults, the continuation of the original Saturday music school plus curriculum and enrichment services for local special schools. For over two decades The Music Man Project has provided accessible music education and performance opportunities to over 1000 children and adults around South Essex. Their students have broken a world record, twice performed at the London Palladium, led Music Man Project regions at the Royal Albert Hall, sung to the King and established ground-breaking national partnerships with the Salvation Army, Royal Marines and global marketing company, TEAM LEWIS. In 2016, Music Man Project Director, Dr Natalie Bradford launched the first UK satellite centre outside of Southend in Maldon. This was joined by a centre in Thurrock in 2022 and in 2024, Frontline Partnership launched The Music Man Project in Brentwood.

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Join The Music Man Project Essex and special guests at the 2024 Music Man Project Summer School at Leigh Salvation Army on 19th, 20th and 21st August!

With special guest performers and speakers. 

£25 per day – email to secure your place.

Full details in the poster – click to enlarge.

Music Man Trading Limited (South Essex/Music Man Project UK Charity Headquarters)

Dr Natalie Bradford (Maldon)

We Are Creatives Thurrock (Thurrock)

Frontline Partnership Brentwood (Brentwood)

Download Information Brochure

David Stanley and Jenny Hitchcock (Southend)

Dr Natalie Bradford (Maldon)

Victoria Jarmyn (Thurrock)

Alison and Kayleigh (Brentwood)


Email: (South-Essex) (Maldon) (Brentwood)


07786 864853 (South-Essex)

07852 268575 (Maldon)

07511 824170 (Brentwood)

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Adult Sessions (South Essex)

Download Adult Class Flyer 

Time: Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00am-3.30pm (term time)

Term Dates 2024/25:

2024 Spring Term: Monday 8th January 2024 – Thursday 28th March 2024 (Half Term 19th February – 23rd February) Bank Holiday 29th March 

2024 Summer Term: Monday 15th April 2024 – Friday 19th July 2024 (Half Term 27th May – 31st May) Bank Holiday 6th, 27th May 

Music Man Project Summer School: 19th, 20th and 21st August 2024 at Leigh Salvation Army, Glendale Gardens, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 2AR 

2024 Winter Term: Monday 2nd September 2024 – Friday 13th December 2024 (Half Term 28th October – 1st November)

2025 Spring Term: Monday 6th January 2025 – Friday 4th April 2025 (Half Term 17th February – 21st February)

2025 Summer Term: Monday 21st April 2025 – Friday 18th July 2025 (Half Term 26th May – 30th May) Bank Holiday 21st April, 5th May, 26th May)


Monday and Tuesday: Leigh-on-Sea Salvation Army, Glendale Gardens, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 2AR

Thursday: Benfleet Methodist Church, High Rd, Benfleet SS7 5LH  

Friday: St Laurence Church Hall, Eastwoodbury Lane, Eastwood SS2 6UH

Cost: £30 per session (full day) or £15 per session (half day)

Adult Sessions (Maldon)

Time: Every Monday 10.30am-11.45am (term time)

Venue: URC Maldon, Market Hill, Maldon, Essex CM9 4PZ

Cost: £5 per session

Adult Sessions (Thurrock)

Time: Every Monday 10.00am-11.30am

Venue: The Community House, Sherfield Road, Grays RM17 6FJ

Cost: £5 per session

Adult Sessions (Brentwood)

Time: Every Tuesday 10.00am-12pm and 1pm-3pm 

Venue: Eagle Hall, The Drive, Warley, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3BH

Cost: Contact Jo on 07511 824170 or email for details.

Children’s Music School (Southend, age 7-18)

Email to book sessions. 

Download Music School Flyer

Time: Every Saturday 9.00am-10.15am (term time – see dates below)

Venue (NEW): St Laurence Church Hall, Eastwoodbury Lane, Eastwood SS2 6UH

Session Dates 2023/24:

Autumn Term: September 9th (David), 16th (Jenny), 23rd (Jenny), 30th (Jenny), October 7th (David), 14th (David), November 4th (David), 11th (Jenny), 18th (David), December 2nd (Jenny), 9th (David)

Spring Term: January 13th (David – Royal Albert Hall full rehearsal 9.30am-12pm), 20th (Jenny), 27th (Jenny), February 3rd (David – Royal Albert Hall full rehearsal 9.30am-12pm), 10th (Jenny), March 2nd (RAH rehearsal full rehearsal 9.30am-12pm), 9th (RAH rehearsal full rehearsal 9.30am-12pm), 16th (RAH rehearsal full rehearsal 9.30am-12pm), 23rd (RAH rehearsal full rehearsal 9.30am-12pm), 6th April (RAH rehearsal full rehearsal 9.30am-12pm).

Summer Term: April 20th (Jenny), April 27th (David), May 4th (David), May 11th (Jenny), May 18th (David), June 8th (David), June 22nd (Jenny), June 29th (Jenny), July 6th (David), July 13th (Jenny) 

Cost: £5 per session – email to book the children sessions

Kingsdown Special School

Every Wednesday – Curriculum Lessons, School Choir, School Orchestra, Assemblies

Glenwood Special School

Every Thursday Morning – Curriculum Lessons and Whole School Cho