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Education Director Cherry Forbes discusses her time at the Beverley Early Music Festival.

‘Last week James, Cecelia, Hetty, Rob and I spent four days in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, working with over 100 secondary students and players, singers and MEGS students from the University of York, on a creative project based on Purcell’s Fairy Queen, in collaboration with the National Centre for Early Music and the Beverley Early Music Festival. It was an inspiring week and one where you really know the work we do is valued and makes a difference …

“Staff and students loved every minute! All of the musicians involved are not only first class musicians and educators, they are skilled at making the school based music teachers feel valued and relaxed enough to take risks themselves. This is not always the case when working with the education outreach departments of some orchestras and opera companies.”  Beverley Music Teacher

“The project has really opened the students’ eyes to a different style of working and a different style of music. They were incredibly proud of what they achieved and surprised by it too…. The amount of students asking when the next project like this is, really shows what they thought of it – amazing!” Beverley Music Teacher

“I can’t tell you how pleasing it is to hear/see secondary schools singing Purcell with enthusiasm and joy”  Delma Tomlin NCEM

I do have one apology to make though, to Tim, our landlord for the week – I usually take a pillow case with me on tour because of my allergies and inadvertently put a whole pillow in my car when packing up! Tim has offered it to me as a souvenir – many thanks!  The Carriage House in Beverley – a beautiful place to stay and I highly recommend it!

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Beverley Early Music Festival 2013 Beverley Early Music Festival 2013

Beverley Early Music Festival 2013 Beverley Early Music Festival 2013

Cherry Forbes
Education Director

One Comment

  • Hi Cherry

    Really good to hear about your work in Beverley. Particularly significant as this is where I started on my own musical journey… Hope there are more similar opportunities for young people and schools in East Yorkshire!

    Olivia Lowson/Carpenter Thu May 30 2013