Education and The Festival Orchestra

Hosting musicians

As always, The Festival Academy Orchestra, now widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading training orchestras, will be with us for all of week two. They can only be in residence because of the generosity of the wonderful hosts who welcome the musicians into their homes each year. If there are any people, particularly within Chipping Campden, who feel able to offer accommodation from Sunday 17th – Saturday 23rd do please contact Ailsa Scott 01386 848855 or email ailsa@maxwells.co.uk

Student tickets

We do everything we can to encourage young people to attend the concerts and student ticket discounts apply to all full time students aged 25 or under. If you are beyond that age but feel you have a strong case for applying, (e.g. retraining as a music teacher) please contact charlie@campdenmusicfestival.co.uk We are delighted to offer free access to all primary & secondary aged students for the weekday lunchtime recitals and for the evening concerts we charge full time students under the age of 25 a nominal £1 for tickets. 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.

Supporting young talent

As a charity, 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@ maestroarts.com or Charlie Bennett – charlie@ campdenmusicfestival.co.uk

In August of 2020 we will once again run the 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. If you know of secondary aged musicians who may be interested please email jessica@ campdenmusicfestival.co.uk The standard required is approximately ABRSM grade 8 or equivalent.

In the autumn term of 2019 and spring term 2020 we are planning to run various chamber music workshops in local schools in which some of our regular professional members of the orchestral will work with small groups on repertoire and present a short concert at the end of the day. As well as being a stand alone project, this will also, in part, act as a feeder 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.co.uk

We also have a community choir known as the Festival Chorus which meets every Wednesday and gives three concerts per year. If you are interested in joining please email the Music Director Leon James – leonjames64@icloud.com There are no auditions for the choir, all are welcome.