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Education – encouraging Purbeck’s musicians of the future

One of the Festival aims is to maintain contact with Purbeck schools through either workshops or masterclasses. This has captured the imagination of local supporters who have given generously to fund the events we have held each year so far. Natalie is an inspiring teacher with cello students both here in the UK and worldwide. Her love of the cello and her belief in the life-enhancing power of music-making are communicated instantly whenever she plays and also when she speaks.


Recent participants’ thoughts:
Lewis Lee:
“Masterclasses are a wonderful opportunity to not only perform, but also receive excellent and inspiring feedback that can really transform the piece you are playing to an all new level. The masterclass I received with Robbie Norman as part of PICMF was a prime example of the above, and was even more beneficial because it allowed me to listen to the other participants and learn transferable skills from their lessons too. I would like to thank PICMF for providing such a great learning experience, with such an inspiring and helpful tutor and a supportive audience.”

Sally Aiko Dando:
“The masterclasses which recent Purbeck Festivals have organised have been incredibly helpful, and helped improve my playing massively. Not only have they given me the opportunity to play in front of a small audience, but also have allowed me to work with internationally known musicians, who have given me both technical and musical, professional advice. In fact, not only have I learnt from my own masterclass, but also from the advice given to other participants. They have been both inspiring and encouraging for me.”

In 2017 classes for harp, piano, violin and voice took place during the Festival.
Further classes for violin, cello and voice have already taken place in 2108 with Natalie Clein, Robbie Norman and Olivia Ray.

There will be two classes during the 2018 Festival in St Mary’s Swanage
Violin and viola with Natalie Lomeiko on Friday August 31st at 2pm
Clarinet with Mark Simpson on Saturday September 1st at 10am

These classes are free for participants and open to the public; £5 on the door.

PICMF and Schools
One of the aims of PICMF is to contribute in some way to the musical life of our Purbeck schools. Much has been publicised in the media about the cuts in education which have affected the arts in particular. Many schools are now preoccupied with the core curriculum and the arts are suffering.
Our aim is to reach the parts others perhaps cannot reach so that children in our community have an opportunity to see and hear great musicians perform. We would like to help fund workshops and performances in our local schools to encourage and inspire pupils.

PICMF outreach work is made possible by generous financial and volunteer support activities particularly by The Isle of Purbeck Arts Club and the Purbeck Quire Fund.


In 2017 several masterclasses will took place during the festival with the festival musicians and talented young musicians in addition to the children’s concert.

Masterclasses 2017

Harp Masterclass with Marie – Pierre Langlamet on Wednesday August 30th, 10:30am,Harman’s Cross Village Hall BH19 3EB

Violin masterclass with Barnabás Kelemen on Wednesday August 30th, 12:15, St Mary’s Church Swanage BH19 1HU

Piano Masterclass with Christian Ihle Hadland on Saturday September 2nd 10am, St Mary’s Church Swanage BH19 1HU

Voice class with mezzo soprano Olivia Ray on Sunday September 3rd at 3pm in St George’s Langton Matravers

Masterclasses are free for musicians participating. Observers are welcome at the masterclasses. We can charge £5 (payable on the door)  but ask for donations from the participants’ families.

In October last, The Purbeck School hosted a school workshop and performance featuring Gareth Lubbe and Abel Selaocoe, two outstanding musicians from South Africa.

In 2016 a masterclass with Natalie Clein took place on 30. 08. at St Mary’s Parish Church Swanage and an educational event for children and their families on 03.09. at the Learning Centre (Durlston Country Park) with Natalie Clein, Gareth Lubbe and the members of the Signum Quartet.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of local individuals, the Tsukanov Family Foundation, the Purbeck Quire Fund the Purbeck Arts Club, we are able to offer this masterclasses free to all participants.

In 2015 a workshop for school children took place at St Mark’s School with Festival musicians Natalie Clein, Katalin Kokas and Hayden Chisholm.

Also in 2015, a special ‘Up Close’ Children’s Concert in the Learning Centre, Durlston Castle, on Saturday 5th September, has been held.

In 2014 Natalie gave a Masterclass for young Dorset cellists in St Mary’s Church Swanage on the day after the Festival ended.  Four students had short individual lessons, having  played their solos for Natalie accompanied by Neil Sissons. The audience consisted of parents,  interested adults, some of them also cellists, and also the younger less advanced students of Dorset cello teachers. After refreshments, all the young cellists played some ensemble pieces together with Natalie.

In 2013 a workshop was organised at Swanage Primary School for about 150 7/8 year olds. A colleague of Natalie’s, Chris Gayford who is an experienced music educator, introduced the children to listening games which they could all join in. When Natalie arrived with her cello the children’s excitement and interest doubled!

In 2011 Natalie gave a workshop at Purbeck View School, a residential school in Swanage for children with autism. This was funded by the Cambian Group. The students loved  Natalie’s playing, being particularly fascinated by the mechanics of drawing the bow across the strings to produce all sorts of sounds.