Water City Music at the Tower 2019

Every year the Tower of London welcomes local school children to take part in a week long arts festival.

Water City Music at the Tower mixes history with music and takes cross-curricular learning to a new level, while creating life-long memories for primary and secondary school students.

This year, the festival will take place from 17-23 June.

Who can take part? 

London school groups are invited to perform at the Tower as part of choirs, instrumental groups and bands across three stages set within the iconic Tower location. All the music is connected to the Tower's history as a fortress, palace and prison.

The festival is for primary and secondary schools and is free to take part in. It includes a visit to the Tower for all performers including a session, resources and CPD support from professional musicians to help you prepare your students.

Family members are given free entry on the day of their child’s performance so that they can share in the magical experience.


The songs were fantastic and the children loved learning them. What a great experience to perform at the Tower of London!


What do teachers and students say about the festival?

In June 2018, 60 schools took part, with almost 2000 young people performing.

  • 98% of teachers felt taking part increased their students’ confidence.
  • 93% said it motivated them to practice more.
  • 88% of students said they wanted to come back to the Tower as a result.

How can my school get involved?

Want to make Music at the Tower with your school? Register your interest via email: towermusic@hrp.org.uk.

Young people performing at Music at the Tower
Children playing guitars at Music at the Tower

This festival is run in partnership with Water City Music

View of the White Tower exterior
Things to see

Marvel at the imposing White Tower, a magnificent example of Norman architecture at the heart of the Tower of London.

Open daily

Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A medieval character in red emerges from the structure of the Tower of London

Meet characters from the Tower of London's history, complete challenges and win badges on your digital mission.


Tower of London

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Georgian architect stands in Clock Court at Hampton Court Palace, looking up at the Tudor building
Families Tours and talks

Shh! You're invited on a special mission… meet characters from history and explore the palace with the Time Explorers app.


Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Tankard, flask and goblet gift selection from Historic Royal Palaces Shop.

Shop goblets & tankards

Discover our decadent range of goblets and tankards inspired by our Historic Royal Palaces. The perfect gift for a medieval fan our goblets are made in a selection of leathers, glass and pewter.

From £17.99

Terrible Tales from the Tower of London

Terrible Tales from the Tower of London

The ravens of the Tower of London bring its fascinating history to life, telling tales of gore, guts and great escapes.


This red crown tree decoration has been blown by mouth from glass and is beautifully hand decorated with a thin layer of silver plate added to the inside.

Red crown glass tree decoration

Crowns and coronets are symbolic of royalty and this red crown decoration is the perfect way to remember your visit to the palace.