Music for Schools 2022

Inspirational and interactive opportunities for your pupils to make and enjoy music, both in school in June and at the Music Festival in July. All activities in this programme are planned and presented by alumni of our Musicate programme.

One hour, 30 pupils, £30/workshop
A large space such as the school hall is ideal for these workshops.

Musistories with Emily Hopper Emily’s creative and truly interactive approach to exploring the essential foundations of music combines story-making with live music played by Emily on her harp. Your pupils will choose the setting for their story, as well as how the plot unfolds, meaning that every workshop is unique. Where will the story take place? What will the main character do? And how will the story end? Emily will guide your pupils through the creative process whilst they also explore pulse, dynamics, pitch, and tempo, and how these musical building blocks can affect the mood of a story. Musistories is most suitable for pupils in years 1 and 2.

All about Emily
Emily is a UK harpist and music educator based in the Midlands. She teaches harp at several schools and at Junior Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and is passionate about inspiring young people and increasing access to music for all. She is involved in outreach projects such as the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire LEAP ensemble, and is a leading musician for Cheltenham Festivals’ Musicate programme.  

In the Groove with Will Crawford In this highly creative workshop your pupils will join Will on an exploration of pulse and rhythm and discover how simple patterns of sounds can be combined to dazzling effect. At the same time they will find out that everyone can be a musician when they have the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of music. They will learn how to use simple instruments (supplied) along with body and vocal percussion to compose interesting sounds and rhythms. Working in groups they will create their own percussive compositions and then combine them into a unique piece that they will perform as a rhythm ensemble. In the Groove is most suitable for pupils in KS2.

All about Will
Will Crawford is a classical guitarist and music practitioner based in Birmingham. His many interests include nurturing and protecting the environment, meditation and mindfulness, and sharing inspirational and engaging music experiences with children and young people. He is creative director of quietnote, a leading musician for Cheltenham Festivals’ Musicate programme, and can often be found planting trees in the great outdoors.

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Concerts for Schools

New opportunity for SEND Schools
Relaxed Concert for Schools
Thursday 7 July, 11.15am – 12.00pm
Cheltenham Town Hall

Cheltenham Festivals first ever Relaxed Concert for Schools is an adapted performance of our acclaimed Concert for Schools. It has been specifically devised to welcome children and young people with their teachers from the SEND sector. The content and format will enable the audience to relax and respond naturally to the music; there will also be opportunities to interact with the musicians both during and after the concert for students who feel comfortable getting closer. Separate quiet spaces will be available for anyone who needs a change of scene at any point.

We are thrilled to be presenting a relaxed concert for the first time. We look forward to welcoming you to this inaugural Music Festival event and to receiving and responding to your feedback. We hope that the concert will become another annual highlight in our Music for Schools programme.

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Bring your pupils to the Festival in July
Concert for Schools and Music Explorers
Friday 8 July, Cheltenham Town Hall
Most suitable for pupils in KS2
Concert: 10.30 – 11.30am; Music Explorers 11.50am and 12.50pm
Only £1 per pupil, free for accompanying adults

If you are looking for a dynamic and memorable experience of live orchestral music, followed by a close-up exploration of some musical instruments, look no further – you have found it.

This lively and interactive concert will be planned and presented by Musicate musicians on a mission to inspire, thrill, move and amaze you and your pupils. The brilliant Gloucestershire Youth Chamber Orchestra, alongside professional musicians and Musicate alumni, will play a selection of captivating pieces, with a special guest on hand to provide musical guidance and keep the children enthralled and engaged.

After the Concert pupils can enjoy the Music Explorer sessions led by some of the musicians from the concert, in pre-covid times this would involve them getting their hands on and playing a variety of musical instruments. This year’s activity will be adapted to reflect covid guidelines and circumstances at the time.

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