We believe it is important to offer access to music, live performance and high-quality tutoring for young people at all stages of their education. Our programme for schools & young people spans from infants to graduates and includes individual mentoring, group masterclasses, Schools’ Matinee Concerts and student workshops.
At the youngest end of the scale we have collaborated with innovative theatre and puppetry group Box Tale Soup to produce a new family show combining Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with highlights from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. This will tour venues and festivals across the UK in 2016-17, alongside a number of free performances in secondary schools.
The core of our work is with Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils from state schools across England. We are partnered with five music hubs: Peterborough, Hull, Medway, Croydon and Tower Hamlets. We deliver four Schools’ Matinee Projects each year, involving over 1000 children in a two-month programme culminating in a special interactive concert. We also offer free chorister masterclasses to numerous cathedral choirs across the UK, and provide free concert tickets to choristers and their parents.
Aside from vocal work we also think it’s vital to support budding choral composers and conductors. We currently run an annual vocal composition workshop at Liverpool Hope University and we have a close relationship with young composers at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Cheltenham Music Festival Composer Academy.