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. This is an opportunity to reach out to youngsters, to engage with them, to open their minds and to transform their lives. In 2021 we have already reached 300 people with online workshops and we hope to reach at least 1000 more with our in person workshops in November.
Our ambitious outreach programme takes us to the following schools during the week before the festival:
St Pauls (Reading)
From the incredible response we have already received this will be a wonderful week, opening up a whole new world for a generation where creativity needs to be cherished for so many reasons.
Whilst the country is in lockdown we are offering free online workshops and concerts to schools, care homes, hospices and prisons.
Please do get in touch if you would like further information about these or future visits and events.