The Festival organises a programme of concerts, education and outreach work in the local community, inspiring, engaging and enabling the next generation of young musicians.

Music has a powerful physical, emotional and social benefit on all our lives. Children and young people who are involved in some form of music-making show a measurable improvement in one or more of the following life skills: concentration, memory and recall, listening ability, mathematical concepts and reasoning, co-operation and valuing the ideas/skills of each other, creativity, language, co-ordination, and self-discipline. However, involvement in music-making is often an expensive activity, well beyond the financial reach of many of the families living in our local community.

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival aims to create more opportunities for music and the arts for all through the education and outreach programme. To read our 2019 Education report, click here.

If you are also interested in supporting our outreach work with children and young people, please contact Jill Knight, Education Manager, on

2019 Schools’ Concerts

Thursday 26 September, 11am 1pm & 2.15pm, St. Etheldreda’s Church

Concert featuring:
Saint-Saëns The Carnival of the Animals
Paul Hoskins conductor, Purcell School Orchestra

Tickets: 450 free tickets available to schools

Further Opportunities
We are keen to have as much pupil involvement in the concert as possible and are promoting cross-curricular opportunities prior to the concert. Schools who are attending are encouraged to submit drawings for the programme and write poems about/make masks of the animals featured in Carnival: lions, donkeys, tortoises, a swan, an elephant, hens and rooster, kangaroos, an aquarium, cuckoos, an aviary and even fossils!

Carnival of the Animals Workshops
Price: £40 or book three for £100
50 minute workshops available (30-40 students) during September;
led by Jill Knight, Education Manager (DBS enhanced certificate)

We are offering each school attending the concerts the opportunity to host a pre-concert workshop. This will include an introduction to some of the music that the children will hear in the concert and some of the orchestral instruments that they can expect to see and hear – including two grand pianos! It will also involve some animal songs, recognition of musical elements to express character and mood and other suggestions for extra-curricular work and some follow-up worksheets for the children to complete after the concert.

Please contact Jill Knight, Education Manager, on to book workshops or tickets.

Our education concerts this year have been kindly supported by The Red Lion.

Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals

Saturday 28 September, 1pm, St. Etheldreda’s Church

Programme includes:
Milhaud Scaramouche: Suite for Two Pianos Op.165b
Debussy Children’s Corner (extracts)
Saint-Saëns The Carnival of the Animals

Katya Apekisheva piano, Charles Owen piano, Paul Hoskins conductor
Laetitia Stott presenter, Purcell School Orchestra

Tickets: £12 (under 18 £6)

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Sunday 29 September, 11am-1pm, The Old Palace

Students from the Royal Academy of Music present movements from the Debussy and Ravel String Quartets in a masterclass with the Navarra Quartet

Tickets: £15 (Under 18 £7.50)

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Sunday 29 September, 2-5pm, St Etheldreda’s Church

Students from Mid Herts Centre for Music & Arts (part of Hertfordshire Music Service).

Free to attend, no booking required.