The Festival sets great store on music in education and the importance of building audiences for the future. To this end we offer greatly reduced prices for all our concerts of £5 for anyone under the age of 18 or in possession of a student card.
The series of four lunchtime concerts
are timed to allow students from nearby schools to attend during their lunch break. The lunchtime concerts feature talented new generation artists at the outset of their careers, whose performances might inspire young musicians in the audience to emulate them.
This year on Sunday 20 November at 3pm we are collaborating with local musicians Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the well-loved classic Peter and the Wolf by Prokoviev. Also in the programme will be a new setting of Little Red Riding Hood by Paul Patterson, and we are pleased to welcome the broadcaster Zeb Soanes as the narrator.
Schools project with Merton Music Foundation
We also welcome two groups of young singers to perform in our opening concert, African Sanctus
on 12 November. Wimbledon Youth Choir, director Max Barley, and Merton Music Foundation Young Voices, director Soo Bishop will be joining professional colleagues in what promises to be a stunning opening to our Festival.
Previous Educational Projects with MMF include:
With Piers Adams, enjoyed by 140 young recorder players.
Noye’s Fludde production – with local Merton schools, and Wimbledon College of Art providing costumes, masks and puppets, with more than 200 local school children and amateurs playing and singing alongside world-class musicians.
Nearly 200 singers and jazz musicians from Merton schools performed an innovative ‘groove’ cantata specially composed by Peter Churchill, which explored the history of immigration to the UK. The project was developed to the scale of 1,500 Merton school children performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Linked to the WIMF original production, primary schools in Merton enjoyed workshops in storytelling, puppet making, and dance, leading to a workshop performance.
Linked to the WIMF original production, 180 children took part in a cross-curricular arts project on the theme ‘A Soldier in Life’, leading to a workshop performance.