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Schools Programme

Every year, Little Missenden Festival runs music workshops with pupils from Hyde Heath and Little Missenden Infant Schools, and Great Missenden Combined School. Professional musicians encourage the children to develop musical ideas and create original songs, which are then performed to parents at a combined concert.

Each year a different theme is chosen, based on topic work within school. The inspiration for the most recent event was the classic children's story Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

The programme was led by composer and animateur, John Webb, who uses workshops to inspire children's creativity. Musicians from the Buckinghamshire Music Education Hub worked alongside John and the children throughout, using a wide range of instruments to bring the compositions alive.

Learn more about Where The Wild Things Are here and John Webb's work here

Each school participates in four workshops plus the final concert performance which takes place at the Parish Church of Great Missenden, in front of an audience of around 100 parents and carers. Each school performs their own song and a song which all the schools perform together.

The children enjoy the Schools Programme enormously. They benefit from the musical experience, gain confidence, work together in teams, develop creativity and exercise valuable skills - including concentration, communication, and literacy. This unique activity encourages the children to take an active role in developing an idea that is entirely their own.

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