Thanks to the generosity of our Benefactors, the Festival offers a wide ranging Outreach Programme to local schools and voluntary groups. In June 2018 we offered three widely differing opportunities to local adults and children.

  • Musicians from the K'antu Ensemble visited the Forget-Me-Not Cafe in Hartley Wintney. This club is held each week in St John's hall and is open to people living with dementia and to their families, friends and carers.
  • Year 5 and Year 6 pupils at Long Sutton Primary school had their musical education broadened with a performance by the highly accomplished cellist Corinne Morris.
  • Award-winning pianist Noriko Ogawa hosted a 'Jamie's Concert' at St Mary's Winchfield for families and carers of autistic children. When Noriko first moved to London she lived with a family of a child with severe autism – Jamie. Noriko felt that by helping parents and carers of autistic children to relax in a musical setting with other families in similar circumstances, she would be indirectly helping their children. And so the successful 'Jamie's Concerts' were born.


We also offered free tickets to some of our concerts held in the Festival Marquee. Clients of the Rosefield Day Centre (at Odiham Cottage Hospital) and of the Hartley Wintney Befriending Service were able to take advantage of this offer, together with a friend or carer of their choice.

The free ticket offer for some Marquee concerts extended to small groups of pupils from nearby secondary schools, accompanied by their teachers.

If you know of any individuals, voluntary groups, schools or families with autistic children who might benefit from our outreach programme in the next Festival in 2020, please contact Kirsty Cary on 07891 193805.