Music for Schools at Cheltenham Music Festival
We're looking forward to welcoming hundreds of children from schools across Gloucestershire to enriching and joyful live music events at Cheltenham Music Festival.
Relaxed Concert for Schools
Cheltenham Town Hall, Wednesday 10 July, 11.15am-12pm, £0
This magical experience, now firmly established at the heart of Cheltenham Music Festival, is increasingly popular with Gloucestershire’s SEND settings. The thoughtfully-curated programme creates a wonderfully relaxed environment where children and young people can respond to the music in their own way, while detailed planning through consultation with SEND teachers guarantees an accessible, inclusive and enjoyable visit for all.
Tickets for this concert are available at no cost to schools thanks to generous funding from our donors and sponsors.
‘It has been a highlight of my school year and one that always touches my heart with joy! The parents were overjoyed to see their students in photos of them exploring the instruments, especially things like the harp, which they rarely experience!’ (Teacher, The Shrubberies)
Concert for Schools
Cheltenham Town Hall, Thursday 11 July, 10.30-11.30am, £2/pupil
Music Explorer sessions at 11.50am and 12.50pm
This is a unique opportunity for teachers and their pupils in KS2 to combine a live music concert with hands-on instrumental and creative music-making sessions.
This year’s concert will showcase the magic of dance music through the ages. From rousing waltzes to thrilling tangos, toe-tapping polkas, and even some music with a modern twist, we will demonstrate how popular music today is rooted in the music that came before.
Afterwards, pupils and teachers can get their hands on some of the instruments they have seen and heard in the concert, and make some music of their own.
Booking opens Tuesday 12 March, 8am
‘The quality of the orchestral music and engaging choice of repertoire was a real highlight.’ (Charlton Kings Junior School)
‘The children loved being about to play the different instruments in the Music Explorers sessions and as a teacher it was a delight to see them having so much fun.’ (The Rosary Catholic Primary School)
A refreshed Musicate programme will launch in September 2024. The new format retains a focus on bespoke CPD, and will enable more teachers to build their confidence in teaching music; more schools to raise the profile and value of music within a broad and balanced curriculum; and more early-career musicians to develop their skills in designing and delivering excellent music workshops in schools. More information will be shared soon.
Plan your Music for Schools visit