Information for Host Schools

Thank you for your interest in becoming a host school for the Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival. The Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival for Schools provides a unique opportunity for chamber groups of all instruments, shapes and sizes throughout the country to engage in a vibrant annual celebratory festival of talent.

Below is some information about hosting the festival at your school, based on questions we are most asked.

  • The festival is organised into four different age categories - Under 12’s, under 14’s, under 16’s and under 19’s.
  • We will give you a choice of dates in late January, February and March for your school to host. You just need to let us know when is most convenient for you. We aim to get these dates in the schedule before the end of summer term in the year before the festival.
  • Your school can choose to host just a qualifying round or a semi-final round, or both.
  • We organise the schedule for the days that the other schools come to you and take care of all the administration, including answering visiting schools’ questions, so you don’t have to.
  • For the rounds, one of our very experienced adjudicators will attend, who will score the groups and offer coaching to help improve their performance. 
  • When we send out the entry forms we also publish the list of the host schools on our website. The other schools then choose where they would like to attend, depending on location and convenience. We would know the exact schools and student numbers attending once the entry forms are back and will provide you with full information.
  • A typical day lasts from around 10am to around 4pm, depending on number of entrants. We will provide you with a full timetable and a list of students and staff attending prior to their arrival. You would not be expected to ligase with the visiting schools.
  • Regarding staffing, we usually send one experienced adjudicator. The other schools that attend send their own staff to accompany their children. Again, we will tell you nearer the time exactly who is coming.
  • We would need one large performance space with a tuned concert piano and one warm up room.
  • The number of children on your school site would depend on the amount and size of the groups. Probably up to around 30 visiting children in a day. They wouldn't all necessarily stay all day.
  • Your school would not be expected to provide lunch for the visiting schools.
  • Parking for visiting schools would be an advantage but isn’t essential. We can tell you in advance which vehicles would be attending and provide number plate information, if needed.
  • The ensembles which go through both the qualifying and semi-final rounds then attend the Finals day concert at a venue, which is announced nearer the time.
  • The festival produces four “Chamber Champions”, where possible from each age group. The Chamber Champions are then given the opportunity to perform at a public concert in the future.
  • A Founders Award Trophy is also given as a Special School award for outstanding contribution to chamber music education. The winning school can keep and display the trophy for one year.

If you require any further information about The Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival for Schools, please do not hesitate to contact the Pro Corda Festival Co-ordinator on 01728 831354

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