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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.”


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.


Masterclasses are free for musicians participating. Observers are welcome at the masterclasses. We ask for donations from the participants’ families.