Our project

The Nucleo Project was set up in 2013 to offer ensemble-based musical opportunities to children and young people in North Kensington, completely free of charge. We are part of the global El Sistema movement, which began in Venezuela in 1975.

A nucleo is a local centre of musical activity at the heart of its community, and this is what our young musicians are building for our local area. The Nucleo Project is open to any child who wishes to join our family.

Our students commit to an immersive and rigorous programme (children aged 7+ attend at least four sessions a week), which fosters rapid progress and high achievement, as well as strong bonds within the nucleo community and a truly transformative difference in our young musicians’ day to day lives.

The Nucleo Project Trustees

Chris Hodges (Co-Chair Of Trustees)

Chris is the founder and CEO of The Rhythm Studio, a contemporary music academy in North Kensington delivering extra-curricular classes and full-time vocational music courses. He is also the founding trustee of The Rhythm Studio Foundation and passionately believes in the potential for music to transform the lives of young people.

Richard Davey MA (Oxon) MBA (London Business School) (Co-Chair Of Trustees)

A resident of North Kensington for more than 30 years, Richard is the founder of Law Business Research and was Managing Director from 1995 until December 2017. He is also Chair of Trustees of The Swawou School Foundation and The Margaret Killbery Foundation.

Jane Cameron

Jane has been involved in education for most of her working life, firstly as Head of The Acorn Nursery School for over 30 years and then as founding Head of Notting Hill Prep which she set up in 2003. She is a passionate believer in the importance of music in education, not only for the joy and sense of wellbeing it brings, but also for the opportunities and widening of horizons it offers. 

Dr Imogen Brunner

Imogen is born and raised in north Kensington, local London NHS General Practitioner and life long supporter of youth music. 

Stephen Hermer

Stephen is a partner in CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP. He has lived in North Kensington for many years and is a governor of Ark Brunel, a local primary school.

Steven Reasbeck (Treasurer)

Steven is the Finance Director at 360 Service Agency. He qualified as a chartered accountant in New Zealand and worked in North Kensington for over five years. Steven is also the Treasurer of The Swawou School Foundation.

The Nucleo Project is a ‘music for social action’ programme in W10, London, that uses the pursuit of musical excellence as a way to enrich the lives of children and young people who, in turn, enrich the life of our community.

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