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Glossop Music Festival

Glossop Music Festival provides opportunities to primary and secondary schools to work with musicians of international standing in workshops and concerts as part of the Summer Festival programme.

GMF logoGlossop Music Festival aim is to bring the highest quality of music to the widest possible audience through a year-long series of concerts, comprising one-off chamber concerts throughout the year and the week-long Summer Festival. They put music-making excellence and accessibility above all else, using only professional musicians of the highest international calibre, and offer free concerts in pubs, coffee, evening and late night concerts, together with an extensive educational programme. As Carl Sagan said of his desire to share his love of science,"When you're in love, you want to tell the world". Glossop Music Festival feel the same about classical music.

Each year Glossop Music Festival provide workshops, schools' concerts and family concerts, in which local young people are given the opportunity to perform alongside top class musicians. Learners are also given the opportunity to have their own input into the material to be performed. Glossop Music Festival has also worked in conjunction with the Hallé choral staff to provide free vocal workshops for the community.

The key strength of our initiatives is our educational lead and animateur - Matthew Sharp - an international cellist and baritone, who also has a unique ability to engage audiences and to inspire young people.

The Derbyshire Music Education Hub has supported a number of education projects over the last 3 years, including:

  • The Frogs (2015) − This project led by Matthew Sharp featured Glossop Music Festival String Orchestra - led by Matthew Truscott, leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - and involved 90 Wider Opportunities children from 3 local primary schools performing a piece by Telemann on violins in the Glossop Music Festival Schools' concerts and the Family concert.

  • Shostakovich Cello Concerto (2016) − Matthew Sharp led a series of workshops for 180 Derbyshire school children based on Shostakovich's Cello Concerto. The project culminated in performances in the Festival's Schools' Concerts and the Family Concert to audiences of 600. The learners included Wider Opportunities classes of clarinets and strings from six local primary schools.The concerts involved a small orchestra of 15 leading musicians with the central piece of a special creative 'comprovisational' style.

  • Appalachian Spring (2017) − This project, based around Copland's Appalachian Spring, involved both Wider Opportunities and Gifted and Talented pupils from both primary and secondary schools who were having specialist music lessons.Around 180 pupils took part in workshops and then performed with our musicians in the Festival's Schools' Concerts and Family Concert, to audiences of local school children.

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