Primary Schools

The workshops and concert for schools are most suitable for Key Stage 2.

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Workshops for Schools June 2017

In your school

Percussion workshop
13-14 and 26-27 June
£30 / workshop

Percussionists Owen Gunnell and George Kirkham are all set to deliver a fun and engaging fast-moving hour of musical interaction with up to 60 pupils, introducing music from Brazil and Africa. All percussion will be provided, every participant will play an instrument, and the workshop will culminate in a mass Samba. It’s the perfect way to start your musical journey!

Piano workshop < Back by popular demand!
19-20 and 26-27 June
£30 / workshop

Let us bring your school piano to life! Whether it is well-used and appreciated, or languishing in a corner, pianist and composer Anne Lovett will lift the lid and show your pupils exactly why the piano is so amazing, and how it evolved into the instrument we know today. Enjoy live renditions of great piano music from across the centuries – including a piece composed by Anne – and grab the chance to play a duet with her.

“It was mesmerising! Everyone loved every second – perfect balance of info, participation and performance – Anne was perfect with the children.”
(Teacher, St James’ Primary, 2016)


Why not take a trip out of school?

Gamelan workshop
13, 20 and 27 June
Gloucester Academy of Music
£30 / workshop

What could be better than having fun and learning something at the same time? Under the guidance of gamelan expert Jonathan Roberts your pupils will enjoy an interactive approach to making music whilst developing their understanding and awareness of music building blocks such as pitch, tempo and rhythm. Learning to play these unique tuned percussion instruments will also give them an insight into a different culture.

This workshop is also suitable for SEND.

Travel subsidies are available.

“The children who find concentrating difficult remained focused and on task all session. Those who have had some musical experience were all stretched and were engrossed in the music.”
(Teacher, Greatfield Park Primary, 2016)

Book your workshops by clicking the link below. Please note that these workshops are most suitable for Key Stage 2.

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Bring your pupils to the Festival in July

Concert for Schools and Music Explorers (KS2)

Friday 7 July
Only £1 per pupil!
Cheltenham Town Hall
Concert: 10.30 – 11.30am
Music Explorers: 11.45am or 12.45pm

For a dynamic and interactive introduction to live music, followed by hands-on access to orchestral instruments, this is your one-stop shop.

Teachers will receive information about the programme in advance so that they can explore the music with their pupils prior to the concert. The concert will be presented in an accessible way, with lively introductions to each piece of music, and will culminate in an exciting live composition involving all the performers, presenters and the audience.

From the wall of sound that is The Flowers Band to the stunning harmonies of our Festival choir E STuudio, your pupils will be awe-struck, thrilled and inspired. Look out for musicians in unlikely places, listen out for key musical moments, and get stuck into the live composition to make the most of your visit.

After the Concert, join the Music Explorer carousel and get your hands on a variety of musical instruments under the expert guidance of the instrumental teachers you also saw in the concert.

Buy your tickets for the Concert for Schools and Music Explorers by clicking below:

Book here

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Musicate: School outreach programme 2017-18

Numeracy? No problem!
Literacy? Bring it on!
Music? No thanks!

Do you dread planning and teaching music? Or do you wish you had more time for music in class? Would you like the joy of music to spread through your school? Then you need to sign up for Musicate.

Musicate is an outreach programme for primary school teachers, devised and produced by Cheltenham Festivals. The project offers bespoke CPD sessions along with the support and input of a conservatoire musician linked to each school. You will develop skills and confidence, and you and your pupils will learn to really listen to, appreciate, and enjoy a broad range of music. Musicate is fully-funded, so the costs to schools are minimal.

Apply for your place, and increase the profile and enjoyment of music in your school.

“The children now listen to both classical music and jazz with more focus and purpose; they enjoy music much more and can concentrate on a piece of music for longer because they are listening in a different way. They are also developing the language and confidence to talk about music, and are confident in their own interpretation.”
(Alex Brown, Linden Primary School, Gloucester)

Apply to take part in Musicate:

Apply here


With thanks to all the supporters of Music for Schools 2017

Supported by funding from Make Music Gloucestershire, the county’s music education hub

The Adams Youth Trust
Colwinston Charitable Trust
The John Armitage Charitable Trust
The Reed Foundation

We would also like to thank all of our generous individual supporters, including the 70th Festival Appeal Donors.