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
‘As Education and Outreach Manager my brief is to further 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.
Currently, we offer 450 free tickets to pupils from local primary schools to attend one of three educational concerts, performed by young musicians from the Purcell School. Schools are also offered pre-concert workshops so that the children can become familiar with the music and instruments involved and do other cross-curricular projects. On the Saturday afternoon, we have a concert for the whole family with a programme based around the theme of the Festival with lots of audience interaction and participation. There are also masterclasses given by the professionals to aspiring chamber musicians and a “Young Musicians’ Platform” where young, talented chamber ensembles from Hertfordshire can perform as part of the Festival in collaboration with the Hertfordshire Music Service.’ Jill Knight