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Schools Programme

Every year, Little Missenden Festival runs music workshops with pupils from Hyde Heath and Little Missenden Infant Schools, and Great Missenden Combined School. Professional musicians encourage the children to develop musical ideas and create original songs, which have in previous years been performed to parents at a combined concert.

This year’s programme has of course been affected by Covid. The schools have had to work in their own bubbles and the normal combined concert hasn’t been possible, though a common theme has been chosen, based on topic work in the schools. In 2019 the inspiration was the classic children's story Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and this year it’s ‘Colour Chaos’, which has allowed the children to explore the way words, music and colours combine with each other.



The programmes are led by composer and animateur, John Webb, who uses workshops to inspire children's creativity. Learn more about his work here.

Although this year the number of workshops at each school has had to be reduced, and there was no concert performance in the Parish Church of Great Missenden, arrangements were made by the schools for parents and carers to view the final results of their children’s work.



The children enjoy the Schools Programme enormously. They benefit from the musical experience, gain confidence, work together in teams, develop creativity and exercise valuable skills - including concentration, communication, and literacy. This unique activity encourages the children to take an active role in developing an idea that is entirely their own.

At a time when musical education in schools is under greater threat than ever, the Festival is proud to be able to continue to provide support for this vital work.

 

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