Cheltenham Festivals

Cheltenham Music Festival and Educational Outreach

Cheltenham Music Festival's long term vision is to engage new audiences through outstanding performances and unique experiences; inspire young people through dynamic music education and develop the talents of promising young musicians through high quality workshops and masterclasses

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (251765)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom

  • "The musician's enthusiasm, passion and manner with the children allowed all the children to gain a sense of what being a musician is all about. They covered lots of different skills from the curriculum and gave teachers different ideas about how to structure an engaging session for all the class.”

    — Head Teacher, Grangefield School

  • “Really engaging and exciting - all children focused and enjoyed the workshop. Fantastic modelling of key music behaviour such as listening and watching.”

    — Teacher at Cashes Green Primary School

  • “Will they be back next week? That was really fun. Fantastic. I think I should learn to play an instrument. Made me want to wriggle all the time.”

    — School Pupil Feedback

  • “My jaw nearly fell off when Anne played. I have never seen anyone’s fingers move so quickly. Amazing.”

    — Pupil at Waterwells Primary School


Many people have little exposure to live classical music and feel “it is not for them”. Schools struggle to provide opportunities to engage pupils in music, and to develop students that show musical talent. Given the many benefits associated with music, eg development of children’s creativity, confidence and collaborative skills, there is a clear need to create musical experiences that engage diverse audiences, and which will inspire and support future generations of musicians and concert-goers.


Cheltenham Festivals is a charity which feeds the human spirit. By providing innovative, world-class content alongside accessible Around Town events, our Music Festival aims to change perceptions of classical music and provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate. Our year-round outreach programmes engage children, young people and community groups from Gloucestershire and beyond and talent development work provides a platform for new and emerging musicians.