Education and the Orchestra

The festival is seriously committed to music education. In addition to the Festival lunchtime concerts, we run workshops and regular coaching sessions in local schools given by experienced practitioners. The ‘Chipping Campden Festival Academy’ orchestra, formed in 2008, has become an extremely significant part of the festival. The Academy is formed anew every year (although many of the professionals are regular members) and each desk has an advanced conservatoire student or recent graduate playing alongside an experienced Pro. This gives the young artists an invaluable insight into what playing in a professional orchestra entails. For details about applying as an advanced conservatoire student or recent graduate please email Thomas Hull – thomas@ or Charlie Bennett –

Additionally, for a week in late August of 2018 we ran our fourth Festival Youth Academy Orchestra course. This orchestra is based on the same formula as the May festival orchestra but for this course the May Academy members return to became mentors to secondary aged students. For various reasons (see paragraph below) we found recruiting the secondary aged players harder than usual this year so are giving the youth academy a break in 2019 but will return in style for 2020.

Depressingly, music (and other arts) education is being increasingly side lined in the state system. To help combat this, from March 2019 onwards we are planning to run a youth orchestra for players in Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, & Worcestershire. We feel this is of vital importance, not just for those young people who want to pursue a career in music, but for all young people, as involvement in the arts can enrich their lives and benefit them in whatever future career they go into. As well as being a stand alone project, it will also act as a feeder orchestra for the Festival Youth Academy.

If you are involved in local primary or secondary education and would like to discuss workshops we may be able to offer please contact our Head of Education Jessica May jessica@campdenmusicfestival.

We also have a large, and growing, Festival Chorus which meets every Wednesday and gives three concerts per year. If you are interested in joining please email our Chorus Master Leon James – There are no auditions for the choir, all are welcome.

Subsidised tickets

We are delighted to offer full time students aged 25 or under (incl all primary & secondary aged students) free access for the weekday lunchtime recitals and for the evening concerts we charge a nominal £1 for tickets. If you are beyond that age but feel you have a strong case for applying, (e.g. retraining as a music teacher) please contact If you know schools that may be interested in attending do put them in touch with us. We believe there is nowhere else in the UK where students can hear such superb musicians for so small a sum.

Weekday Lunchtime Concerts

1.05pm – 2.05pm
Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th

The lunchtime concerts by students and recent graduates from leading music colleges are given in a relaxed atmosphere and the quality of performances is exceedingly high. They are well worth attending. Details of the concerts will be put on the web site when confirmed and emailed to all on our database. Tickets: £6.50 on the door or £5.00 per concert if all 4 concerts are booked in advance on the festival booking form. We are not able to sell tickets in advance for individual lunchtime concerts. Schools are very welcome to arrive unannounced but it is helpful if we know in advance if a large groups are coming.

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