Access All Areas
As well as regularly inviting school groups to the venue for special concerts and workshops, St George’s learning and participation programme – ‘Access All Areas’, takes live music out into the community. The rich diversity of our concert season gives us unique access to a whole range of musicians and events and we have been fortunate over the years to have secured funding to take many groups of musicians into schools for informal and interactive shows and workshops. Click here to view our ‘Education Gallery’ featuring examples of past projects.
St George’s ‘Access All Areas’ includes three strands for schools:
Performance Platform – encompassing education hires of the venue and schools’ showcase events
Backstage Pass – school/group visits to the venue to explore its history, origins and what goes on behind the scenes today
Artists in Schools – school and community music projects and workshops, delivered by local musicians and visiting artists
We encourage schools to think about bringing groups of pupils to some of our public events, particularly the lunchtime concert series where we often programme young professional artists at the beginning of their careers who are keen to engage with young people. All of our lunchtime concerts are free for under 21s. For full details of all our tickets offers for students, please click here.
St George’s Education & Learning Programme funds and manages the Cosmos Children’s Community Choir of South Bristol, an initiative we began back in 2009. Since then, over 150 young people aged 8 – 13 from a range of schools in the area have benefited from the ‘Cosmos experience’, growing in confidence and singing ability through weekly rehearsals led by the choir’s inspirational musical directors Laurie Stewart and Mark Lawrence. Performance opportunities have included regular appearances at St George’s, concerts in the Colston Hall foyer, at the Harbourside, at Clifton College and, closer to home, at Merchants’ Academy and in local primary schools. Cosmos is also a regular recording choir for Faber Music and the Sing Up SongBank.
Weekly term-time rehearsals take place at the Knowle Park Media Centre and we are grateful for their support in helping us continue Cosmos into its fifth year. For further information, including details on how to enrol your child in Cosmos Choir (no fees, it’s all on us!), please contact the choir coordinator Cosmoschoir@gmail.com