Barnet Education Arts Trust

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Barnet Education Arts Trust provides music lessons in Barnet’s schools and at their three BEAT Music Academies. During COVID-19 lockdown, BEAT encouraged their young people to perform ‘Garden Gigs’ for their neighbours.

United through music

Sharon Broughall, CEO of BEAT, said:

“Music is so important and has been a thing keeping everyone going during lockdown. Garden Gigs were a way of encouraging our musicians to keep playing, keep listening to music and keep their own and their neighbours’ spirits up by enjoying a shared experience.

“Lockdown has caused some big changes. We’re determined to continue connecting with Barnet’s young people and encouraging them to pursue their musical talents – whether in their gardens with their siblings, friends and neighbours, in BEAT’s new online offer from their homes, or back at school and at our BEAT Music Academies again.”

A positive focus

Luke, 16, has enjoyed performing Garden Gigs with his neighbour, Ewan, 15: “Playing Garden Gigs has given us something to do, something to focus on and helped us to keep our minds off lockdown. It’s been great to have an opportunity to play live music, which we’ve really been missing. And I think it’s nice for the community – everyone likes a bit of music!”

Find out more about Barnet Education Arts Trust.



Barnet Education Arts Trust provides music lessons in Barnet’s schools and at their three BEAT Music Academies. During COVID-19 lockdown, BEAT encouraged their young people to perform ‘Garden Gigs’ for their neighbours.

United through music

Sharon Broughall, CEO of BEAT, said:

“Music is so important and has been a thing keeping everyone going during lockdown. Garden Gigs were a way of encouraging our musicians to keep playing, keep listening to music and keep their own and their neighbours’ spirits up by enjoying a shared experience.

“Lockdown has caused some big changes. We’re determined to continue connecting with Barnet’s young people and encouraging them to pursue their musical talents – whether in their gardens with their siblings, friends and neighbours, in BEAT’s new online offer from their homes, or back at school and at our BEAT Music Academies again.”

A positive focus

Luke, 16, has enjoyed performing Garden Gigs with his neighbour, Ewan, 15: “Playing Garden Gigs has given us something to do, something to focus on and helped us to keep our minds off lockdown. It’s been great to have an opportunity to play live music, which we’ve really been missing. And I think it’s nice for the community – everyone likes a bit of music!”

Find out more about Barnet Education Arts Trust.

Page last updated: 22 July 2020, 08:57