A central aim of the Festival is to encourage the appreciation of music in the community and we have always had an active outreach programme which includes concerts and master-classes for local schools. However the Festival Committee has decided to broaden the programme to take music into local schools throughout the school year, not just the week of the Festival.

Thanks to the generosity of our Benefactors, the Festival is now able to offer a wide ranging Outreach Programme. In June 2019 the Winchfield Festival provided a grant to Hampshire Music Services to fund musical workshops in every one of Hart’s nineteen primary schools with the aim of ensuring that every child in Hart has a fair chance of discovering an interest in music. We intend to maintain and expand this funding stream over the long term so that every child in the Hart district is encouraged to participate in musical activities.

The Festival Outreach programme is making very good progress. So far eighteen of the nineteen schools have booked their first music workshops and several have already been delivered. Below is a photo of Luke Jones delivering the very first workshop to Elvetham Heath Primary school in September, with children experiencing ‘hands on’ a workshop with steel drums.

We are also hoping to be able to invite Hart primary schools to come to the Winchfield Festival itself to perform the best of their work.

A second strand of the Outreach Programme will provide a platform for Hampshire’s best Secondary School musical students to perform in St Mary’s church Winchfield, at a concert next March, three months before the Festival itself. June has always been difficult for Secondary Schools to participate in the Festival, with pressure of exams and other end-of-term activities, so planning this for March will enable more schools to benefit.

Finally, we are delighted to announce that Voces 8 will deliver a workshop to Robert May’s Secondary School on the afternoon of Monday 15 June, before their concert in St Mary’s church in the evening.