November 2020 update

We are delighted that in these challenging times for everyone, we are still able to bring you a free Schools Concert from the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival 2020. Though we cannot invite you to join us for a live concert at Hatfield House, we are offering you an opportunity to view the concert in your classrooms or school hall at a time convenient to you, as many times as you wish, through a video link. The concert lasts 40 minutes, but you are free to pause it and pick it up again later to suit your individual timetables and circumstances.

As part of our ambitious Education and Outreach Project we are sending this concert to every primary school in Hertfordshire giving thousands of primary school children access to high quality chamber music and associated activities through this year’s Chamber Music Festival. The concert is performed by students at the Purcell School for Young Musicians at Bushey, Herts with a programme featuring music by composers from Handel to the Howard Skempton in a variety of different instrumental ensembles.

You can watch the concert by following this link: HHCMF Schools Concert 2020

A package of support materials is available for schools to accompany the concert. This includes a Concert Programme with full details about each piece being performed, a Concert Festival Quiz and a Cross-Curricular Worksheet with a variety of suggestions for follow-up work in music (including one extended project) and other subject areas. If you are interested in receiving this package please contact our Education and Outreach Manager, jill@hatfieldhousemusicfestival.org.uk

We realise that at the moment schools are concentrating on making sure their pupils have caught up with any education they missed during lock-down, whilst at the same time trying their best to keep staff and pupils safe and making progress with the curriculum for this academic year. There is a huge amount to do! Nevertheless we must not forget that music has a powerful physical, emotional and social benefit on all our lives – especially for children and young people. Unfortunately participation in music-making has suffered recently but with this concert we are hoping to re-engage and inspire children and young people to embrace music in their lives once more.

If you have any questions about the Schools Concert or support package please get in touch. We hope that in these challenging times our music will bring some joy and inspiration to you and all your pupils and families. Enjoy!

In order that out talented young musicians in Hertfordshire do not miss out on the opportunity to perform at the Festival in the Young Musicians’ Performance Platform (last year held on the Sunday afternoon, with 36 performers), we are inviting them, through their schools and Hertfordshire Music Service, to film and submit their own performance of a piece of chamber music. The very best of these will feature on our Festival website over the coming months. If you are interested in submitting a recording of your chamber ensemble or know of anyone who would be, please contact us.

Jill Knight, Education and Outreach Manager  jill@hatfieldhousemusicfestival.org.uk

Countess Anne Primary, Hatfield
“The concert was very child friendly. The children really enjoyed sitting close to the musicians and this made a real difference as they could see the players close up – as a result, the concert was a more engaging experience for all, drawing pupils in that often find it difficult to concentrate.
On arrival at the church, one pupil remarked that he thought he was going to watch it on a big screen- how lovely that he has now had the opportunity to watch real musicians play live music.”

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