If you have already registered for the 2024 Barnet Schools Music Festivals Festivals, click 'Resources for Teachers' above to access the password protected resources for teachers.

The Barnet Schools Music Festivals take place in June at artsdepot, Finchley. They are for children aged nine or above. So children from Year 5 and 6 can take part, and from Year 4 if they have had their 9th birthday on, or before, the day of their concert. This age criterion is related to performance licensing and therefore is not flexible.

There are six songs to learn, drawn from a diverse repertoire and designed to be challenging and rewarding for upper Key Stage 2. Schools are also invited to contribute their own performances. The festival itself is an evening concert in a professional theatre which families can attend, with massed choir items interspersed with individual school performances. The concerts also feature guest performances from our secondary schools.

The resource pack for teachers is comprehensive, supported with high quality learning recordings and ideas for extension work in class music lessons. Support with teaching the repertoire is also available. If needed, festival organiser and singing specialist Ros can pay you a visit. Early in the summer term we run cluster rehearsals, where participating schools get together in local clusters to rehearse the six massed songs and ensure that everyone is on track. These events are great fun in themselves and help build up the excitement. When the day of the festival comes, schools come to the theatre at lunchtime for afternoon rehearsals and then the concert takes place in the evening.

The process starts when applications open in December. In January, we run an INSET for teachers introducing the songs. This training includes a demonstration session with children. The cluster rehearsals take place in May, and the festivals are in June.

We make participation as affordable as possible. The events are heavily subsidised but there are high fixed costs involved in hiring a professional theatre, sound, lighting etc. The 2024 festivals cost £380 for a group of 30 children. This is not a “per child” rate, and larger schools can bring a bigger group for an additional charge.

Registration for the Barnet Schools Music Festivals 2024 is now open.

Some of the feedback we received from the 2023 Festivals

“If you work together you can make something amazing!”

“Just the best day! Our children were beaming the next day at school. They absolutely loved it!”

“The staff, as always, were brilliant, enthusiastic, calm and approachable.”

Last year in numbers

In 2023 we had 1,524 students across 48 primary schools and 6 secondary schools.

Agree that the children made progress in music
Agree that taking part was good for their children's confidence
Agree that taking part in the BSMF 2023 was worthwhile for their school
Agree that the festivals were well-organised, communication was clear and help was available if they needed it
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What did you learn?

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What did you like?

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Some more feedback!

“It was excellent, every year better than before.”

“A lovely range of genre, vocal technique and cultural elements.”

“Amazing organisation of insets, prompt communication and kindness.”

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