outreach programme

A central aim of the Festival is to encourage the appreciation of music in the community and we have an active Outreach Programme which includes concerts and master-classes for local schools.  During the past few years we have been able to broaden the programme to take music into local schools throughout the school year, not just in the week of the Festival.

Thanks to the generosity of our Benefactors, the Festival is now able to offer a wide ranging Outreach Programme. Within the confines of COVID restrictions during the past two years, we have been able to fund musical workshops in Hart District's nineteen Key Stage 2 schools with the aim of offering every child in Key Stage 2 increased opportunity to discover and develop an interest in music. We intend to maintain and expand this funding stream over the long term. To cope with the COVID pandemic, Hampshire Music Service managed to maintain the momentum of the Outreach Programme by delivering workshops online. This has been a great achievement and the team now looks forward to getting back to classroom workshops.

As well as providing workshops for primary schools in Hart, the Winchfield Outreach Programme is able to fund additional support to individual schools. This programme is called the David Kaye Award and in its first year it provided classroom sets of instruments such as ukuleles, recorders and drums to four schools.  

Hampshire Young Musicians thrill their audience with a brilliant Recital Evening  – Saturday 26th March 2022

‘Friends of St Mary’s Winchfield’ hosted a magical evening of music on Saturday 26 March 2022, performed by some of Hampshire’s most advanced students, as part of the Hampshire Music Service 21/22 concert season. Their inspirational music making thrilled the audience with a dynamic programme showcasing instruments played on harp, euphonium, flute and piccolo, the marimba and ending with the Hampshire County Youth String Quartet. It was a pleasure and a privilege to see and hear these young students play at such an advanced level and to see their confidence grow in front of an unknown audience.

This concert was presented in association with The Friends of St Mary’s Winchfield, a secular organisation created by local residents to support the fabric of the beautiful Grade 1 listed church and churchyard https://www.stmaryswinchfield.org.uk

The Winchfield Festival, as part of our Outreach Programme, has partnered with Hampshire Music Service and over the years has invested and provided support for young children and students, enriching their learning and music making. Some of the students will have a chance to participate in concerts and masterclasses during the next Festival week in June 2023.

 The Hampshire Hub Musicians previous concert, just before the Covid lockdown in March 2020, was a great occasion: the young musicians performed a selection of pieces from Baroque classical to twentieth century jazz.  Since then several of the musicians have gone on to further education, with one of them gaining a place at the prestigious London Purcell School for young musicians.

Jill Larner, former Head of Hampshire Music Service, said: 'The exciting partnership with Winchfield Festival is now very well established and the outcomes for pupils have been quite extraordinary pupils have been quite extraordinary, especially taking into account the Covid challenges presented in recent times. Everyone involved in this wonderful Outreach programme has worked so hard to pull together and keep up the opportunities for the children and young people of Hart. As the song says, "The Show Must Go On" and the coverage and breadth of activities has continued to grow, with some great music-making even taking place online, when face to face sessions were restricted.

Two developments in 2020 were especially important as they brought a fantastic long-lasting legacy to the project. The support to purchase lots of new ukuleles and steel pans and the chance to offer a wide range of continuing professional development opportunities to primary music teachers across the district will ensure that pupils will have enhanced and additional access to musical learning for years to come. The many magical musical moments will not only extend pupils' learning but will also support their mental health and emotional wellbeing, provide an inclusive opportunity for all to participate, and give them self-confidence and joy - all so important at this time.

On behalf of the children of Hart, a huge ‘thank you’ from Hampshire County Council's Music Service, to the Benefactors and Winchfield Festival’s Education Outreach Team, for making all this possible.'