Building on previous experiences, our plans for 2022 include live and on-line opportunities. We are working in partnership with Hertfordshire Music Service and The Purcell School for Young Musicians to facilitate inclusivity and diversity across our education and outreach work and 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 our education and outreach work during this year’s Festival can be seen below:

Thursday 29 September – Schools Concerts
Our two live Schools Concerts will feature the latest book, ‘Once Upon a Tune’ by author and illustrator, James Mayhew.

James 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.  This book tells dramatic stories of trolls, flying carpets and magic spells which, in turn, inspired some wonderful pieces of music:

The Sorcerer’s ApprenticeDukas

The Flight of the Bumble BeeRimsky-Korsokov

In the Hall of the Mountain King Grieg

Scheherazade – The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship Rimsky-Korsokov 

Overture to William TellRossini   

The music, arranged specially for chamber orchestra by George Morton, will be performed by students from The Purcell School for Young Musicians and illustrated during the concert by the author. This creative combination of music, storytelling and art from several different countries, is a feast for all the senses; a marvellous opportunity for children from diverse backgrounds to hear live chamber music in an atmospheric and historical setting. The concert will also be recorded and sent out to every primary school in Hertfordshire along with a package of cross curricular support materials.

All primary schools in the Welwyn-Hatfield area are invited to apply for some of the 400 free tickets. The concerts are vastly over-subscribed, but they are also recorded and made available, free to view, for all primary schools in Hertfordshire through our YouTube channel.

Saturday 1 October 2pm – Family Concert – ‘Once Upon a Tune’
St Etheldreda’s Church, Fore Street, Hatfield AL9 5AN

This exciting concert will also feature students from The Purcell School for Young Musicians but performing ‘side-by-side’ with wind quintet, Ensemble Renard , holders of a Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, all expertly directed by Paul Hoskins. It will include movements from ‘Once Upon a Tune’ (as in the Schools Concerts) illustrated and presented by the author and artist,  James Mayhew, as well as student compositions inspired by storytelling and a ‘curtain-raiser’ performance from an outstanding young chamber ensemble.

Sunday 2 October 10.30am-12.00 noon – The Old Palace
Workshop with Suzi Digby, ORA Singers, Hertfordshire County Youth Choir and Cantate Youth Choir

A fantastic opportunity for some of our finest young singers across Hertfordshire to work with Suzi Digby , a ‘leading light in the revival of singing in schools and the community’ and the professional vocal ensemble, ORA on vocal technique. They will also prepare to sing ‘side-by-side’ with ORA Singers in the Festival Finale Concert.

Sunday 2 October 2pm-5pm
Young Musicians Platform in partnership with Hertfordshire Music Service

2pm-3.15pm and 3.45pm-5pm in St. Etheldreda’s Church, Fore Street, Hatfield AL9 5AN

Two concerts 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 2 October 7pm
Festival Finale Concert

As part of this concert, young singers from Hertfordshire County Youth Choir and Cantate Youth Choir will sing ‘side-by-side’ with the professional vocal ensemble ORA Singers , performing Morten Lauridsen’s  beautiful Requiem, ‘Lux Aeterna’. This will be accompanied by our resident professional chamber orchestra playing ‘side-by-side’ with students from the Royal Academy of Music. It will also feature a ‘curtain-raiser’ from the Youth Choirs and RAM Ensemble Renard.


Across the Festival – Workshops, Masterclass and Curtain Raisers

This year, we are delighted that one of our international artists, renowned classical guitarist, Morgan Szymanski, will be working with some of Hertfordshire’s young, aspiring guitarists in a masterclass. Morgan will also be visiting a local primary school during the Festival week to deliver a ukulele-based workshop.

Several talented young chamber ensembles from across the county will be invited to perform live as ‘curtain-raisers’ at some of the Festival talks and concerts.  You can find further details of how to audition for this opportunity at

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