Giving 360 children and young people from low-income families access to a creative arts workshop in London schools. This brand new format combines acting, singing and composing with expert facilitators and live musicians, all inspired by the drama of a Shakespeare play and the music of Handel.
Many children and young people from marginalised and disadvantaged backgrounds face unequal access to high quality drama and music education in schools and lack the opportunity to be creative, learn drama, singing and have the chance to perform. School-age participation in music and drama has been declining for more than a decade and children are missing out on cultural experiences, learning new skills and the joy and pride of creating and performing with others.
The London Handel Festival is working in partnership with Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation (CSSF) to combine the literary and musical genius of two cultural icons, Shakespeare and Handel, and make them accessible and engaging. Together we have created a fabulous one-day drama and music workshop for schools adapted from CSSF’s pioneering Play-in-a-Day programme. Having tested the format with four schools and 150 children, we are now ready to roll it out more widely.