Education and Outreach


The concept of the festival grew out of a desire for the musicians to showcase the performing aspect of their portfolio to children. With world class soloists, orchestral players, band members, chamber musicians and competition winners among our midst, this festival also provides an ideal opportunity to further enhance the reputation of what is an excellent music department, whilst increasing engagement with the local community.


The most exciting part of the festival, and why it is unique, is the willingness to take classical music to a new audience. There is a tangible belief amongst the performers that music is for everyone. In 2021 we reached reached around 1500  people with both online and in person workshops.

Our ambitious outreach programme takes us to the following schools, care homes and hospices during the week before the festival:

Cold Ash Primary School 

Fir Tree Primary School 

Thatcham Park Primary School 

Courthouse Junior School 

Compton Primary School 

Berkshire Community Hospital

Maitland House

Lakeside Care Home

Falkland Grange

Riverview Carehome

Please do get in touch if you would like further information about future visits and events.

String Orchestra Day

For the first time, we are delighted to be offering a Strings Day for young Berkshire residents,

aged 12-18 years old, to play with our fantastic festival musicians.  The day will involve rehearsals

and workshops to learn the music, culminating in a performance for

families and members of the public. We are delighted to welcome Rebecca Miller,

Principal Conductor of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, to lead the day.

This will take place at Bradfield College on the 3rd of July and is open to all students above

Grade 7 Standard. 

To download the application form please click here and email the

completed form to

We have a limited number of bursaries available for those who need.