Newbury Spring Festival


Free Learning and Community Participation

The Festival is committed to music education for children and the community. In 2019 school children are invited to attend a number of performances and join in with a variety of workshops completely free of charge, with some events open to people of all ages.

Details of these free opportunities will be sent to all schools in advance; however places are limited and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Jane Pickering 01635 528766 or email for further information.

26 March National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Members of NYJO will be coming to Newbury to host a day long workshop with secondary school pupils, ahead of their performance at the Festival on 18th May.

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28 & 29 March Robertas Lozinskis

Robertas will give a Piano Masterclass to secondary school age children. The Masterclass will be open to all local school pupils studying the piano.

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2 April Orpheus Sinfonia

For primary school children. Musicians from the Orpheus Sinfonia will visit three local primary schools and deliver workshops based on Carnival of the Animals and Peter and the Wolf .

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14 May Ballet Central

Schools, dance classes and ballet companies are welcome to this free Open Company Class 12.00–1.00pm at the Corn Exchange, plus an opportunity to talk to the students and ask them questions prior to their evening show.

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16 May Sarod Maestros with Jennifer Pike

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash will open their rehearsal to local school children, giving an introduction to the fascinating instruments they will be performing on.

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18 May Festival Evensong, St Nicolas Church

St Mary’s Church, Speen. All are welcome to this service celebrating the Festival, starting at 3.30pm.

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21 May Budapest Café Orchestra

Local schools will be invited to a fun- filled hour-long performance, introducing the instruments of the group and demonstrating their gypsy-inspired music.

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Young Festival Critics Competition

Becoming a Festival Critic is a great way to indulge your love of live music, hone your writing skills and enhance your CV or university application. If you’re under 25, see a performance and then write a short review telling us what you thought of it, you could win a cash prize. £100 first prize with two runner up prizes of £50.

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Free Tickets for Under 25s

This scheme means those aged  Under 25 can come to Festival events free of charge. Tickets are limited to one per person and are subject to availability. Proof of age is required when tickets are collected. Writing a review of the experience offers the chance of winning a cash prize.

None of these events could happen without the support of our generous sponsors and funders, to whom we are hugely grateful.