Inspiring the next generation of music lovers and mentoring young artists is an important part of our mission to share our expertise. Our Education Fund supports a range of imaginative year-round activities.
In just our second year we have forged strong links with schools and colleges though a series of interactive days for music and dance. Groups of dance students had an extraordinary opportunity to showcase their work on our stage to Edward Watson, followed by a masterclass with dancers from Company Wayne McGregor. Another interactive day was held for 8-11-year-old pupils and their parents based around the themes and music of the Barber of Seville, followed by the opportunity to watch a rehearsal run of the show. This year a week-long summer school is being held for Secondary pupils who will devise, write, compose and choreograph an hour long ‘opera’ around the theme 5 things about the world you would save for humanity and 5 things you would eliminate. The group take control of the creative output, led from behind by experienced practitioners, and work fast in teams towards the final performance on the professional stage. We are also working with our local state secondary school to make our professional stage available to them for their annual production and will share our expertise to broaden and inspire their on stage and backstage experience.
Our Artistic Director Michael Chance has combined his international singing career with a passion for educating the next generation of artists. As a teacher at the Royal Academy he is well placed to nurture talent. Through our education fund we offer grants and scholarships to singers who may need particular coaching for a role around repertoire or language skills. We also support the next generations of directors and conductors by offering assistant positions to up and coming practitioners. We plan to extend this mentoring scheme to other backstage roles. Out of the summer season we hold many networking events and use these as an opportunity to showcase young talent.
Should you wish to discuss our Grange Education Fund, please contact Rachel Pearson, Director of Development, 01962 792201