25th Anniversary celebrated with World Premiere of “Now is the Time” by the composer, Thomas Hewitt Jones

The Anthem, “Now is the Time”, has been written to celebrate artistic collaboration in Havering and to mark milestone anniversaries of both Havering Music School and Havering Arts Society.

This new piece has been generously commissioned by The Arts Society on their 45th anniversary.
“Now is the Time” is scored for children’s and adults choir along with full orchestra and received its world premiere 24 Feb 2018 in an open rehearsal and performance at Havering Sixth Form College.

Our students played and sang with HMS staff, alongside members of many local community choirs and orchestras, including Sound Company, Havering Concert Orchestra and the YMCA orchestra. With participant’s ages ranging from 8 – 80 years, it really was a day for celebrating community and family music making, something which was echoed in the beautiful lyrics by Paul Williamson.

HMS manager Paul Harris has led the project from the outset over nine months ago, working alongside the composer and had the pleasure of conducting the first performance in the presence of both the composer and the lyricist.

It is hoped that this is the first of many performances of Havering’s Anthem over the coming months.


Left to right…

Thomas Hewitt Jones – composer, Bruno Handel – Chair, Havering Arts Society, Paul Harris – Manager, Havering Music School & Paul Williamson – lyricist