With every commission we aim to programme participatory events which enable audiences to appreciate the music which is being performed. When artists are visiting, it is also an opportunity for skills to be shared. Workshops, masterclasses and coaching events are all areas of education which Convivium Music delivers as part of each project.

Education projects which support the commission and performances can be formal or non-formal. They can be implemented through other art forms, such as poetry and photography. They can originate from Convivium Music itself or from requests by other agencies.

Commission 2009 – One Foot in Eden

The visiting artists The Emperor Quartet spent 2 days in Lincolnshire delivering string workshops to young people. One day was spent with eleven young string quartets – players who are being taught their instrument and chamber music ensemble skills through the County Music Service. Another day was spent in classrooms in two schools giving young people a taste of classical music in a relaxed and informative way.

An “all-comers” afternoon to introduce people to singing was held, one session with voice teacher Ruth Meates and another with singers from the Lincoln Male Barbershop Club, Harmony Lincs. This was thoroughly enjoyable and encouraged the participants to find regular singing groups they could join.

The Open rehearsal of the commissioned piece allowed the audience to experience the interaction between the composer and the players as they prepare for the first performance.

Viola weekend – 2007

This comprised a day of workshops for Lincolnshire string students, focusing on the viola, with violist Robin Ireland, two outreach concerts by the Kosmos Trio in partnership with Live Music Now! and Making Music, at Lincoln Age Concern and Croft Street Community Centre and a public concert at the Lincoln Music Club at Edward King House, Lincoln.

Commission 2006 – Fantasie

Making, Listening, Playing – the world of the composer.
A workshop for all-comers with Duncan Chapman, composer, performer and educator.

Commission 2004 – Stealing Steps

Composing Workshop with John Woolrich for A level music students from Gainsborough Grammar School and Year 1 and 3 students from Bishop Grosseteste College Music Department, Lincoln.

Viola Poems
An afternoon’s workshop with Year 6 at St Faith and St Martin Junior School and strings co-ordinator of Lincolnshire Music Service, Chris Rogers led to a display of poems written by the students, shown in the performance venue.

Commission 2002 – Two Romances

Oboe Masterclass for four oboe students who were learning music through Lincolnshire Music Service took part in a Masterclass with Nicholas Daniel