This was a new and exciting venture for the Festival in its 10th anniversary year. All secondary schools and music centres across Hertfordshire were invited to submit recordings of their students performing in chamber ensembles. The best of these were invited to perform live as ‘curtain-raisers’ at some of the Festival concerts and talks.

During 2021, performances from some of these ensembles featured on our website. You can find further details of how to audition for this opportunity below

After submitting a wonderful recording of the first movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, an ensemble from Watford Grammar School for Girls were invited to perform live in the Long Gallery at Hatfield House as part of the Festival.

Playing at Hatfield House was a lovely experience. The house was beautiful and it was incredible to perform Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in such a historic building. We played in the long gallery, a room where many musicians centuries before us have also performed, so it was an honour to follow in their footsteps! On behalf of the Quintet I would like to say a massive “thank you” to Hatfield House for having us. It was an honour!
Katherine, Watford Grammar School for Girls

In 2021, in partnership with Hertfordshire Music Service, over 90 young people also took part in our Young Musicians’ Platform on Sunday afternoon. This showcase event involved 3 concerts featuring talented young chamber ensembles across Hertfordshire including Watford School of Music, St Albans Music School, Dacorum Music School, North-Herts Music School, Mid-Herts Music Centre and Broxbourne Music Centre.

In 2022, as part of our education and outreach work we are inviting Hertfordshire’s talented young chamber musicians, through their schools and/or Hertfordshire Music Service, to film and submit their own performance of a piece of chamber music for our Young Musicians’ Platform. Some of these will feature on our Festival website over the coming months and at the start of September, we will invite two of them to perform as “curtain-raisers” during the pre-concert talk on Friday 30th September or Saturday 1st October at 4.15pm in the stunning Long Gallery of Hatfield House and attend the Festival concert which follows in the Marble Hall at 5pm.

If you have any students who are part of a chamber ensemble of any sort – strings, guitars, woodwind, brass or vocal with 2-8 performers – and would be interested in submitting a recorded performance to the Festival please contact us. Each school can submit more than one recording, but there must only be one item on each recording with a time limit of 5 minutes per recording. The deadline for submissions will be at the end of this term – July 22nd 2022 – but you can submit your recordings at anytime over the next few months if you wish them to be featured on our website.

So, please encourage your students to get together in variety of different chamber ensembles, enjoy making music together, listening to each other and recording their performances. Then send them to us at 

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