As part of the Festival’s mission to engage young people in making and appreciating music, this year Bath Philharmonia have provided something very special for 40 students aged between thirteen and sixteen years.   

Over the course of five days the Bath Philharmonia’s Creative Learning Team, including Musical Director Jason Thornton and Principal Cellist Miriam Lowbury, will work with pupils from Teignmouth Community School (a mainstream, state funded senior school for boys and girls) and Orchard Manor School (a residential school for students aged 3 – 19 with a variety of specific learning needs) to create a ‘concerto’ from scratch.  Bath Phil will be bringing additional specialist instruments and equipment for the students from Orchard Manor to enable their participation in the workshops.  

The finished work will be performed at a free lunchtime concert in St Peter’s Church, Shaldon at 1pm on Thursday 20 June.  The concert will also include items from pupils of Shaldon Primary School and Our Lady & St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Primary School, and there will be a bucket collection at the end.

We are enormously grateful to The Helen FoundationThe Arts Society S.W. AreaDawlish Town and Teignbridge District Councils for supporting this outreach programme.