Activities for Young People

“The students appeared to really enjoy your workshop. You adapted your content well to suit the very different age groups and I'm sure the students learnt something from the experience. The impact of what you managed to get our students to do in such a short period of time was fabulous.”  --Leon James, Head of Music,  Chipping Campden School

For activities with with Children and for Adults click the links on the right.
For young people, age 11+ you are on the correct page. This page contains

Click here to learn more about the Friends of Worcestershire Early Music
Worcesteshire Baroque / Choir Orchestra Half term Course
Worcestershire Waits (click to skip down to the group and Audio)

Half Term Youth Baroque Orchestra and Vocal Course

The booking form for 2011 is available now. The course runs 21-24 Feb. 2011 and is part of a mini-festival,  Worcester Early Music Week - with concerts each of the four nights.
We are currently fundraising in order to operate this independently of Worcester Arts Education.
Cost is now £100 for the course (which includes free admission to all the concerts as well as tuition for 4 days). Please enquire about bursaries (apply by letter). Early bird discount (10% if you apply by 15 December 2010).

Our course for 2010 was a success. This course received financial assistance from The Elmley Foundation.

To view the leaflet click here.  To download a booking form, cilck here. Both are in pdf.
When: 15-18 February 2010
Where: Guildhall, Worcester

    Instrumentalists must be Grade 6+
    Singers should be equivalent of Grade 2+
    Open to young people aged 11-18
    Geared to those who live or study in Worcestershire.

Cost: £25.

    J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto no. 3
    Vivaldi, Gloria
    Lully, Airs from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
    and more concerti TBC

New this time: 

*We are seeking vocal soloists from amongst the choir.
*Coaching for wind players will be part of the course this time.

Background to the Course
The  Baroque Orchestra course first took place in May 2008 and then again in February 2009 at the Worcester Guildhall.  A perfect match in terms of architecutre and time period, the Guildhall has a splendid wooden floor, long gallery feel, and acoustic that is fitting for the music of the Baroque.  We have enjoyed the support of the Mayor's Office, and the very helpful staff who work at the Guildhall each day.

The tutors have been Micaela Schmitz, Kate Fawcett, and Henrik Persson.

Grade 6+ took part for Feburary 2010's half term.

In May 2008 we did only string repertoire.

In Feb 2009 we included voices and some reed instruments, and performed

excerpts from Handel's Chandos Anthem no. 9 'O Praise the Lord with One Consent.'

movements from Albinoni Concerto for Oboes in F Major (many thanks to Helen Green for coaching our soloists)

  • Vivaldi concerto in E Minor (L'estro armonico) for 4 violin soloists
  • Allegro from G. F. Handel (1685-1759), Concerto for violin, op.3 no. 1 in Bb Major

  • Purcell, 'Thou knowest, Lord the Secrets of our Hearts'

  •  Purcell, 'Rejoice in the Lord Alway' (the Bell Anthem)

    We had quite a number of singers from Prince Henry's High School in Evesham and some of the Worcestershire Waits joined us as well.

A true chamber feeling was achieved, as this exclusive ensemble was a select size.  A real plus for baroque music is that each player had a chance to be a soloist. They also performed a Playford dance called 'The Black Nag'  for the appreciative audience!

About the Elmley Foundation

The Elmley Foundation is a grant-making charity founded by the late Countess Beauchamp, widow of Viscount Elmley, the 8th and last Earl Beauchamp of Madresfield Court, near Malvern.

Over many generations, Madresfield Court established a tradition of support for all forms of the arts, crafts and design. Now that charitable sources have come to replace the personal enthusiasm and commitment shown by many family benefactors of the past, The Elmley Foundation perpetuates Madresfield’s considerable encouragement to the cultural life of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The Foundation’s Trustees are therefore particularly delighted to support the Baroque Orchestra course.

Visits to Madresfield Court can be made, by appointment only, between April and July each year. To book, contact the Estate Office, Madresfield, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 5AU. Telephone 01905 830680.

The Elmley Foundation Ltd. Registered Charity 1004043 Registered Company 1959978
5, Deansway, Worcester WR1 2JG.
Trustees: Diana Johnson, S. Driver White, Deborah Swallow
Director: John de la Cour

Worcestershire Waits

To download the application form click here.

NEW- Audio Tracks of the Waits can be downloaded here.

Purcell, Soldier, Soldier (1.5 Mb, mp3)
Adson, Courtly Masking Air (2 Mb, mp3)
Cherubini, Canon (558 Kb, .wav)

Bromsgrove Waits was launched in Autumn 2009 with grateful thanks to the David Morgan Music Trust and Worcestershire Arts Education.

To download the leaflet click here.

In the weeks of 23 November and 30 November 2009  we visited Middle schools and secondary schools in the Bromsgrove/Hagley area, culminating in a
sharing concert on 3 December 2009.

The Bromsgrove Junior Waits started meeting in earnest in January 2010 on Thursdays at Parkside Middle School.  Year 5 and up were invited to join. Singers were encouraged to take part and Instrumentalists Grade 2+. 

The Worcester Waits did a special project on Monterverdi with The Orchestra of the Age of Englishtenment.

Worcester Waits gave repeat performances on 11 July 2009 for visitors to the Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester. Much is Civil War era in keeping with the building. Free with admission to the venue. 


In 2007, Cathryn Dew, Andrew Watts, and Micaela Schmitz started the Worcestershire Waits, an ensemble for 10-16 year olds in Worcestershire.  The group have been meeting weekly for two years now. The project has been funded, via Youth Music and Singworks, by Worcestershire Arts Education.

All members sing as well as playing both their main instrument and a range of new ones. This means that at the recent Festival of Music of Youth, one arrangement featured voice, instrumental, and then voice, and the total instruments certainly outnumbered the players.  Comments included:

'natural, unforced sweet singing'

'an unusual ensemble'

Many have had the privilege of trying our matched set of recorders.  The Mollenhauer Dream series were bought specially so they could achieve a Renaissance sound with standard (more Baroque) fingerings.  We also incorporate percussion, and our concerts usually follow a theme- including such themes as Christmas, a Renaissance Carnival, Pilgrimage, the English Civil War and more.

They were invited in 2008 to perform at the prestigious showcase, Voices and Visions.  We have enjoyed a great partnership with the Commandery in Worcester which, whether decorated in a medieval theme at Chrismtas or set up for its most obvious link, the Civil War, gives a superb ambience to our performance.  Despite its lack of central heating, the students always enjoy being there!

Our students have taken part in projects with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, perfomring at King Place and even participating in premiers of new commissions.  What an exciting group of young people we have!


Andy and Micaela giving 'taster workshops' to primary aged children.