Hellensmusic is a music festival that takes place every Spring in and around Hellens Manor, Herefordshire. The event’s aims are threefold: to create opportunities for world-class musicians to collaborate outside the concert circuit and explore new ideas; to provide a platform for talented music students from all over the country to learn from leading experts; and to bring great music to this corner of England, inspiring local audiences, both children and adults, to a greater understanding and appreciation of all music.
Hellensmusic has a strong focus on music education and training for the young. The main concerts take place in the early evenings, and during the day the resident musicians deliver a series of masterclasses to talented students from the UK’s best music schools and colleges. During five days of intense musical work, students have the chance to learn from renowned professionals coming from some of the best orchestras and ensembles in the world. The course culminates in a final concert where students have the opportunity to show what they learned throughout the week.
Hellensmusic also works closely with local primary and secondary schools, both during the festival and at other times of the year. Pupils of all ages are invited to participate in a series of workshops (singing, playing and composition) where they engage with the professional musicians, the masterclass students and the public.