Newbury Spring Festival


Free Concerts and Workshops
for Children

As a charity the mission of the Newbury Spring Festival is to produce and plan a Participation and Learning Programme. The aim is to enable and encourage as many children as possible to experience live music.

Every year the Festival has a number of different national and international artists taking part in this exciting outreach scheme, reaching over 1300 children and young people in and around West Berkshire.

For more information and tickets for schools email

Highlights of 2017 included:

28 February: Rust & Stardust Puppet Theatre with Palisander Recorder Quartet

will visit two primary schools and perform Dr Dee’s Daughter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Tickets for this same family show, being performed at 11.00am on Saturday 13 May at the Corn Exchange, are available to buy from the Corn Exchange Box Office.

25 April: Kakatsitsi:

Ghanaian drummers, singers and dancers will perform workshops in three local primary schools. These schools will also be invited to attend and participate in Kakasitsi’s free children’s afternoon performance at the Corn Exchange on 11 May.

10 May: VOCES8:

Will conduct a free afternoon vocal workshop for students at St Bartholomew’s School prior to their evening performance at St Martin’s Church, East Woodhay.

16 May: Jane Austen On Our Doorstep:

GCSE students studying Jane Austen’s work are invited to attend author and Austen biographer Gill Hornby’s free talk at Shaw House at 10.30am.

16 May: Kathryn Tickell & The Side:

Will perform at a free children’s event in the afternoon at the Corn Exchange, open to all children from age 5 upwards.

18 May: Ballet Central:

A free Open Dress Rehearsal for schools, dance classes and ballet companies, 3.00–5.00pm at the Corn Exchange, prior to their evening show.

Young Artists Lunchtime Recital Series

Free tickets are available to children for all six concerts, including a recital by the 2017 winner of the Sheepdrove Piano Competition.

Details of all these free opportunities will be sent to local schools in advance. Places are limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact Jane Pickering on 01635 528766 or email for further information.

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:

Sunday 7 May: Festival Service

Join us at 10.00am at St Nicolas Church for a service of praise and thanks for the Festival and creative arts.

Saturday 13 May: Black Dyke Band

Free Brass Masterclass. Brass students from Berkshire Maestros will be performing to Richard Marshall, Principal Cornet and Brett Baker, Principal Trombone, at St Bartholomew’s School Community Hall, 11.00am–1.00pm. FREE tickets for this event are available from the Corn Exchange Box Office.

Friday 19 May: Cecilia Consort

This local choir will be working with the Armonico Consort, performing Monteverdi Vespers at Holy Cross Church, Ramsbury.

Young Festival Critics

This scheme continues for another year for those aged 15–30. Come to the Festival free of charge, write a review of your experience and be in with a chance of winning a cash prize. Visit for details of how to apply and to register.

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