Building on the success of offering our concerts to a wider on-line audience in 2020, we have both live and on-line opportunities for our education and outreach work in 2021. This will include two Schools Concerts and a Family Concert. We are also working in partnership with Hertfordshire Music Service to provide opportunities for all young musicians across Hertfordshire with our Young Musicians’ Platform and in workshops, ‘curtain-raiser’ and ‘side-by-side’ professional performance opportunities. Further details of some of these can be seen below:

Thursday 30 September – Schools Concerts
The two Schools Concerts will feature students from The Purcell School for Young Musicians and the main work will be a chamber version of Holst’s Planet Suite arr. by George Morton, presented and illustrated by the artist James Mayhew. This is a magnificent work in its own right, but has the added benefit of creating links with the primary science curriculum (including the latest from NASA’s 2020 Mission to Mars with Perseverance Rover) as well as exploring a variety of creative opportunities in art and English. James Mayhew is a well-known illustrator of children’s books, but also has significant experience in bringing concerts for children to life with his imaginative and colourful drawings. To find out more visit James’ website.

This creative combination of music, science and art, performed by local young talented musicians for primary school children in Hertfordshire will be a feast for all the senses and a marvellous opportunity for them to hear quality live chamber music in an atmospheric and historical setting.

All primary schools in the Welwyn-Hatfield area were invited to apply for some of the 300 free tickets. The concerts were vastly over-subscribed and all the tickets have now been allocated, but the concert will also be recorded and made available, free to view, for all primary schools in Hertfordshire through our YouTube channel.

Saturday 2 October 2pm – Family Concert
Holst’s Planet Suite arr. George Morton, presented and illustrated by James Mayhew
This exciting concert will also feature students from The Purcell School for Young Musicians, but with the added dimension of performing ‘side-by-side’ with our resident Festival professionals, all expertly directed by Paul Hoskins. It will include movements from Gustav Holst’s Planet Suite, illustrated and presented by the author and artist, James Mayhew, as well as student compositions on the theme of space travel and ‘curtain-raiser’ performance opportunities for outstanding young chamber ensembles.

Sunday 3 October 11am – 12.30pm
Workshop with VOCES8, Hertfordshire Youth Chamber Choir and Cantate Youth Choir
A fantastic opportunity for some of our finest young singers across Hertfordshire to work with the professional vocal ensemble, VOCES8 on their special vocal method and to prepare for singing ‘side-by-side’ with them in the Festival Finale Concert.

Sunday 3 October 2pm – 5pm
Young Musicians Platform in partnership with Hertfordshire Music Service
3 x 45 minute concerts (2pm, 3pm, 4pm), featuring some of the finest young chamber ensembles across Hertfordshire from Watford School of Music, St. Albans Music School, Dacorum Music School, North-Herts Music School, Mid-Herts Music Centre and Broxbourne Music Centre.

Sunday 3 October 7.30pm Tenth Anniversary Festival Finale Concert
As part of this concert, young singers from Hertfordshire Youth Chamber Choir and Cantate Youth Choir will sing ‘side-by-side’ with the professional vocal ensemble VOCES8, performing Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb. This will be accompanied by our resident professional chamber orchestra playing ‘side-by-side’ with students from the Royal Academy of Music.

Across the Festival – Curtain Raisers
This is a new and exciting venture for the Festival as we invite a limited number of young, Hertfordshire-based chamber ensembles to perform live as ‘curtain-raisers’ at some of the Festival concerts.  During 2021 performances from some of these ensembles have featured on the Young Musicians’ Platform page of our website, where you can also find further details of how to audition for this opportunity.

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