Education and Outreach
“Education and outreach work have always been an integral and vital part of the Festival, with an annual collaboration with young musicians and presentation of a free schools’ concert. But from early on it was always one of my ambitions to increase the scope of this work, to reach more children and work with the local community to provide more musical inspiration and opportunities for engagement. It was with this in mind that we took on Jill Knight as the Festival’s Education and Outreach Manager in 2019 so that we could build on the foundation we already had and to take this area of work to another level.” Guy Johnston, Artistic Director
“As Education and Outreach Manager my brief is to embed the Festival into the cultural landscape of our local community in Hertfordshire with particular responsibility for musical outreach and enrichment to children, young people and the elderly. Our aim is to musically engage, inspire and enable them through a programme of educational concerts, workshops and other events and opportunities.
Music has a powerful physical, emotional and social benefit on all our lives. It’s now accepted theory that involvement in music as a child enhances brain function and structure, improving language development, brain connectivity and spatial intelligence, enabling them to do better in subjects like languages, reading and maths. It also improves co-ordination and self-discipline as well as co-operation and reasoning.
By offering more opportunities to become involved in music-making we inspire and encourage our children and young people to aspire to greater things, all of which require collaboration and team-work with others, thus developing personal and social skills alongside musical ones. The trustees of Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival believe in access to music and the arts for all and are therefore delighted to be developing this project. If you are interested in supporting our work with children and young people through the Festival, please let us know.
We all enjoyed an exciting and inspiring programme for the Festival’s Tenth Anniversary in 2021. This built on our experiences from 2020, extending our Education and Outreach Programme to offer even more opportunities for children and young people to become involved, including live and online concerts, masterclasses, workshops, performance opportunities and mentoring. We now aim to develop and expand our education and outreach work through local community partnerships and feedback from everyone involved, both during the Festival and at other times in the year and hope to have a lasting cultural impact in the local community and beyond.” Jill Knight, Education and Outreach Manager