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Orchestra in a Field offers children the perfect introduction to world-class orchestral music, in a relaxed and historic outdoor setting.

The festival will have a dedicated ‘Children’s Area’ and a host of activities and performances targeted specifically at children, across the age range, including an all day ‘open stage’ for school choirs and orchestras in our Tea Tent.

Entry is free to under 13s, and to any 13-17 year old who comes in a school party, so really there is no reason NOT to bring a large group of children from your school!

Free educational resources

We are very keen that local schools make the most of this major cultural event for The South West.  For this reason we have developed a dedicated Schools Programme linking the festival programme to the curriculum, and offering a range of inspiring educational resources for use at both Primary and Secondary level. These will be made available via our website, and through special ‘Schools Packs’ issued to schools on arrival at Orchestra in a Field.

Competitions open to schools

We will also be running a series of competitions open to schools which we really hope that you and your schools will take part in. Video auditions for these start in the January and the finals will be held at the festival itself. These include:

  • A Community Choir Competition ENTER NOW! (primary/secondary/adult)
  • A Rap Slam poetry Competition (secondary/adult)
  • ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ Art Competition (primary/secondary/adult)
  • Make a Scrapheap Instrument ENTER NOW! (primary/secondary/adult).

Consultation with teachers and pupils

The Schools Programme was launched at a special musical evening for teachers at Strode Theatre, Street, Somerset on the 23rd January, hosted by Genevieve Matthews.  This was a valuable opportunity for us to get feedback from teachers on our plans, so that we can make a school trip to Orchestra in a Field as easy as possible for all involved, and of maximum benefit to pupils. Two further events were held in March and April, including a presentation at Huish Academy which was a chance for Genevieve Matthews to speak to pupils and enthuse them about the festival directly.