The Music Workshop Company Blog 

Each month the Music Workshop Company publishes two blogs. One blog, written by the MWC team addresses a key issue in Music Education or gives information about a particular genre or period of music. The other blog is written by a guest writer, highlighting good practice or key events in Music Education. We hope you enjoy reading the blogs. 
 
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To contribute as a guest writer please email Maria@music-workshop.co.uk 

Posts from October 2022

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival (HHCMF) is held annually in October with internationally renowned musicians performing in the historic setting of Hatfield House under the expert artistic direction of professional cellist, Guy Johnston. It incorporates an Education and Outreach Programme aiming to musically engage, inspire and enable children and young people in Hertfordshire through concerts, workshops and other opportunities. From Dowland, who was in residence at Hatfield House during Elizabeth I’s reign, to folk-inspired improvisation, familiar favourites, new commissions and artists collaborating from around the world, there was definitely something for everyone at this year’s Festival of ‘A World of Music’. 
Jill Knight, the Education and Outreach Manager at the Festival describes some of the events that took place. 
Even if you are not familiar with classical music, you will undoubtedly have heard the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The Lark Ascending and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis consistently appear in the top 10 of Classic FM’s listener polls, and he is considered one of the quintessential composers of British history. 
 
Yet his music still divides opinion, and for many years, much of his output was neglected. Alongside these most famous pieces, Vaughan Williams wrote a huge variety of works including operas, ballets, chamber music, vocal pieces and orchestral compositions, with nine symphonies to his name. This month, we mark the 150th anniversary of his birth with a look back at his musical life. 

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