Learning and Participation

Primary school pupils on stage at the 2015 festival
Primary school pupils on stage at the 2014 Festival








the best time of our lives

Pupil from Colchester Academy after 2015 residency with composer Gwyneth Herbert

The aim of our education programme is to maximise the impact of bringing over 120 top-class musicians to North Essex every year to play at the Festival and other events.

We strive to complement the music education already on offer by the Essex Music Education Hub, Colne Valley Youth Orchestra, the Pimlott Foundation and other local organisations.

We create opportunities for young people to meet and working with Festival musicians, have a regular experience of live music, the opportunity to compose their own music, develop their skill if they already play or sing or perform alongside some of the top professionals who come to the Festival.

Side-by-side violins, RR 2015







I felt as if I had achieved ambitions in music years earlier than I thought I would achieve them.

Charlie Price, aged 14, who participated in our side-by-side ensemble

We put on projects involving primary schoolssecondary schools, academies and colleges. We see our work as not only complementing the music education work that already goes on, but actively helping it, as we hope that the young people might have a positive experience with us and go on to contribute to music-making.

After having had such an amazing time with the Soldiers Tale project last year, I was wondering if it would be possible to get involved with this autumn’s Festival? The children got a huge amount out of the experience and we would be very keen to participate again.

Katie Usher, St Peter’s Primary School Coggeshall

Side-by-side woodwind, RR 2015During the 2015-16 academic year we are actively involving over 1,000 young people aged 8-18 from over 25 schools; playing, singing, composing, listening and reacting to music.

I just want to say how much we appreciated the opportunity to have Morgan and Amaia performing last week. The feedback in GCSE Music lessons was very positive. If only we could get world class musicians in every week….! Richard Harrison, music teacher, Stanway School

According to ‘The Importance of Music’, a 2011 DCMS publication by Ed Vaizey and Michael Gove;

Music can make a powerful contribution to the education and development of children, having benefits which range from those that are largely academic to the growth of social skills and contribution to overall development. It is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Ofsted say that children’s involvement in music engages and re-engages pupils, increasing their self esteem, and maximising their progress in education and not just in music.

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