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The Story So Far

East London is home to a diverse community of some 12,000 artists. The five Olympic host boroughs are home to the largest cultural quarter in Europe. Around the Olympic Park, a new Water City is growing alongside the six miles of rivers and canals that connect the Lower Lea Valley. This new emerging metropolitan district stretches from the O2 and Canary Wharf in the South to Stratford, Hackney Marshes and the Olympic Park in the North.

Water City Orchestra allows residents, school pupils and those who live and work in East London to experience making music and creating art. The focus of the programme is on practical activity and is driven by the theme “learning by doing” as professional musicians and artists, music college students and school pupils learn to perform and work together. Many professional musicians are now moving into East London but are not connected to their communities. The Orchestra, through its activity, builds new relationships and changes this.

Lord Mawson: Chairman of the Water City Orchestra

Andrew is a serial entrepreneur.  He is best known for his pioneering work at the Bromley-by-Bow Centre in East London. He also co-founded Community Action Network (CAN).  Recently he co-founded One Church 100 Uses CIC and launched Water City Group to create and implement a vision for East London revitalised by the opportunities of the 21st Century and the 2012 Olympic Games. He has now created Andrew Mawson Partnerships as a vehicle both to grow and replicate his approach and successes.

Andrew was made a life Peer in 2007 in recognition for the social impact of his work and he now sits as an independent crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.

Over a decade ago Andrew and his partners wrote one of the earliest papers proposing that the Olympics Games be brought to East London. He is today a Non-Executive Director of the Olympic Park Legacy Company. Over the next 25 years this company will plan, develop, and manage the Olympic Park in East London, creating a lasting legacy from the 2012 Games.

Frank Creber: The Water City Artist


Frank is the Creative Director at the celebrated Bromley-by-Bow Centre where he was one of the founding artists in 1986. He was trained at University of Newcastle upon Tyne (B.A. in Painting 1981) and Chelsea College of Art (M.A. in Painting 1987).

Frank has collected a number of prestigious awards: the Herbert Read Fellowship at Chelsea, Barclays Bank Young Painters Award and the Pickering Fellowship at Kingston.

In 2005, Frank was appointed the official artist in residence until 2012 for Water City, and in 2009, began working alongside Michael Bochmann as co-artistic directors of the Water City Music and Arts Programme.

Michael Bochmann: Music Maestro


Has been well known in British musical life for several decades.

While still a student Michael was a finalist and winner of the British Prize in the 1972 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. A year later, he was a prizewinner in the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris. At only 19, he made his first solo broadcasts for the BBC.

During his time as a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London  he was a pupil of the famous teacher Frederick Grinke. Later he received lessons from Sándor Végh and Henryk Szeryng.

In February 1990 Michael partnered Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the Bach Double Violin Concerto in a most successful tour of 16 concerts throughout the USA and Canada.

His appearances as a soloist throughout Britain have taken him to major concert venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. James’s Palace, London; Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester Cathedrals; Tewkesbury Abbey in the Three Choirs Festival; Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

He frequently directs the English String Orchestra and has performed as soloist with them many times in the UK and abroad. His recording of “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams with the ESO on the Nimbus label has been broadcast many times on Radio 3 and Classic FM.

He is very active as a teacher and is a professor of violin and chamber music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance in London.

Richard Mallett Arts Management

a small but dynamic company based in London specialising in programming, planning and producing arts education events for people of all ages.  They work with leading professional arts practictioners and creative organisations across many art forms including music, drama, dance, visual arts, animation and much more. Their other projects range from local grassroot activities to national events in major venues.

Urban Space Management

We thank Eric Reynolds and his team at Urban Space management for their continued support – especially for letting Trinity Buoy Wharf become the home to “Water City Orchestra in a Weekend” events.