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. The show toured 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 currently partnered with various music hubs: Peterborough, Hull, Medway and Lincolnshire. We deliver four Schools’ Matinee Projects each year, involving over 1,000 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 is vital to support budding choral composers and conductors. In past years we have 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.
At the other end of the scale, 2014 saw our first ever Conducting Scholarship, run alongside our Young Artist scheme, Genesis Sixteen. Every year we invite one recently graduated conductor (aged between 21 and 26) to receive intensive mentoring from Harry and Eamonn, and the chance to conduct the Genesis choir in a number of public performances.