As well as regularly inviting school groups to the venue for special concerts and workshops, St George’s Education & Learning Programme takes live music out into the community. The rich diversity of our concert programme 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, something we very much hope to be able to continue with into the future. Click here to see the Gallery of examples of past projects at the venue and in schools.
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.
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
Music Box Children’s Opera Group
Originally set up in 1992 by Mark Lawrence and Suzi Digby, Music Box’s aim is to give young people the opportunity to take part in performances to professional standards, introducing new and challenging repertoire to audiences in Bristol and beyond. After a string of successful performances followed by a long break, Music Box reformed in 2013 in association with St George’s Education & Learning Programme, initially to perform Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Little Sweep’. Plans are now developing for the next few seasons, to include a performance of Richard Rodney Bennett’s ‘All the King’s Men’ in 2014. For further information, including details on how to audition, please contact Music Box Children’s Opera Group firstname.lastname@example.org