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Primary Music Festivals return in 2023!

The Primary Music Festivals are a highly regarded event in the school calendar with close to 100 schools taking part each year in celebration of children’s singing and music making!

The Festival concerts have been running for over 25 years and produce magical evenings for primary school children to come together and sing as one large choir in front of packed audiences in Surrey venues such as Dorking Halls.

Following the success of 2022’s wonderful programme of music including “My Planet, Your Planet”, by composer Teresa Jennings, the 2023 concerts will feature another new piece by Teresa Jennings entitled “Positive” about how we can all make positive contributions to our own lives and the lives of others around us with positive, thoughtful, and kind words and actions. 

Applications open soon and scores will be made available from mid-November. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay — join us at one of our 9 events for schools in the following areas:

Monday 24th AprilMole Valley Dorking Halls
Wednesday 26th AprilWoking & North Surrey Dorking Halls
Thursday 11th MaySouth East Surrey Dorking Halls
Monday 15th MayEast Surrey Dorking Halls
Tuesday 16th MayElmbridge Dorking Halls
Thursday 25th MayWest Surrey Princes Hall
Wednesday 14th JuneMid-Surrey Dorking Halls
Thursday 15th JuneEpsom & Ewell Dorking Halls
Tuesday 20th JuneSurrey Borders Dorking Halls

If your school would like to be part of a Primary Music Festival concert email: paula.camp@surreycc.gov.uk or becca.jones@surreycc.gov.uk

Success for Surrey Students

It’s been a great year for four Surrey Arts’ students who are members of the Mid Surrey Wind Band. Lucian Green, Duncan McGee, Ryan Troop and Toby Ellwood-Gross have all been accepted into the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO). NCO is made up of young musicians aged 8-14, who come together in three National Symphony Orchestras for residential orchestral activity and in four regional Projects ensembles for non-residential orchestral weekends. 

Their tutor Ian Stott said ‘I’m so pleased to see so many brass students making such amazing progress in the Dorking area. These students have been learning for between 2 and 3 years. I am very proud, as their teacher, of their progress into the National Children’s Orchestra, especially as it is rare for state sector students to get to this level. To have 4 from the same town is wonderful! All 4 have learnt through Surrey Arts.

These successes are a testament to our tutors who dedicate their time to improve the skills of students and enable them to follow their musical ambitions.