Newbury Spring Festival


Free Concerts and Workshops
for Children

As part of the Festival’s commitment to education and the community, each year our free programme benefits some 1,300 local children who are given the opportunity to attend a variety of events, completely free of charge.

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Highlights this year include:

Piano Masterclass

Saturday 14th May Robertas Lozinskis, Piano Masterclass at the Corn Exchange

Robertas won the Sheepdrove Piano Competition in 2015, and will be performing the night before this masterclass with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra as part of the Festival. The Festival is delighted to work with Berkshire Maestros and invites you to join the audience for this special educational two-hour event at the Corn Exchange, starting at 10.00am.

Free Afternoon Performances

Ballet Central, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers and guitarist John Etheridge are all giving free afternoon performances for school children at the Corn Exchange.

Free tickets are available to children for all six concerts in the Young Artists Lunchtime Recital Series at the Corn Exchange, including a recital by the 2016 winner of the Sheepdrove Piano Competition.

School Tours

A tour of local schools with workshops presented by the Ferio Saxophone Quartet and ambassadors from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Additional educational music workshops will be presented in collaboration with London Music Masters featuring pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and violinist Hyeyoon Park.


Learning and Community Participation

As well as the children’s education work the Festival is proud to present a series of initiatives for adults too, including:

Singing Workshop

Newbury Spring Festival Chorus will host an afternoon singing workshop which is open to all on Sunday 15th May at the Corn Exchange, as well as performing on the opening night and at the Festival Service on Sunday 8th May.

Festival Service

2016 will see a return of the Festival Service. Join us at 10am at St Nicolas Church on Sunday 8th May for a service of dedication and praise celebrating the Festival and the creative arts. The Newbury Spring Festival Chorus will sing the Vaughan Williams Festival Te Deum during the service.

Review the Festival

The Young Festival Critics scheme continues for another year for those aged 15-30. Come to a Festival event free of charge, write a review of your experience and be in with a chance of winning a cash prize.

Choral Masterclass

Local amateur choir Cecilia Consort will work with Tenebrae for an afternoon workshop, and also join The Marian Consort for a workshop ahead of the performance of Breaking the Rules.

The 2016 Education and Community programme is generously funded by Greenham Common Trust and The Headley Trust with additional support from Gordon Palmer Trust, Lionel Wigram Charitable Trust and Rivar Ltd.