Education

The Leamington Music Education Programme, working with Warwickshire Music, takes musicians appearing in the Winter Season concerts into schools across the county of Warwickshire.

The Programme is at its busiest during the Winter Season and it sprung to life in October when The York Waits, which has been one of the most active groups over the years, came back. On this visit, Tim Bayley arrived on the Sunday afternoon to prepare the County Early Music Group for their involvement in the Waits’s evening’s concert and then did a workshop with the County Waits who will be part of the Christmas concert given by Sirinu on 11 December. Next day Tim and Lizzie Gutteridge visited Emscote Infants, Hampton Lucy Primary and Westgate Primary School and on the morning of the concert, they went to Sydenham Primary in Leamington. Then at lunchtime, other Waits joined them in St Mary’s to give a lecture demonstration on the instruments depicted in the stained glass windows of the Beauchamp Chapel. Adult education at its best!

During this winter season, the other groups involved in the Programme include Kosmos, the Inventus Wind Quintet, the Martinů String Quartet, Sirinu, the Carducci String Quartet, The Musicke Companye, K’antu Ensemble and Ex Cathedra. Roderick Williams is bringing his Schubert in Schools project to Warwick on 7 February and only last week we learnt that the Royal Quartet from Poland would be available for workshops or school concerts on Thursday 21 March, the day before their concert in the Royal Pump Rooms.

Other schools that will be involved over the winter season include Our Lady and St Theresa Cubbington, Clinton Primary School, Southam Primary School, Warwick School, Newburgh Primary School, Brookhurst Primary School, King’s High School and Kineton Primary School.

It still seems to be one of Warwickshire’s best kept secrets that children and students can come to any of the evening concerts during the season at £1.00. And each year, in another way of creating the audiences of tomorrow, Ensemble 360 gives a Family Concert on a Sunday morning at the Royal Spa Centre. This has in the past produced Leamington Music’s biggest audience ever. This year it’s Giddy Goat on 10 February, recommended for 3-7 year olds.

Leamington Music works closely with Warwickshire Music which provides funding from its Arts Council grant. The Friends of Leamington Music also make a significant contribution and some years ago a generous legacy was received. The Grimmitt Trust and the St Mary’s Hall Trust have also offered valuable support.

For further information about the Education Programme, please contact the Festival Director by calling 01926 497000 or email him on richard@leamingtonmusic.org.

At a time when there are many cuts in arts provision in schools, the opportunities provided by Leamington Music are of enormous  importance for schools and students. And Leamington Music also offers Student Standby tickets at evening concerts for just £1.00 – a great way of getting the concert going bug!