Education and Outreach

Alongside our stunning concerts, Absolute Classics works throughout Dumfries and Galloway to bring new, exciting and innovative educational opportunities for our young people to experience.

Our Education and Outreach programmes to date have been a huge success where we have provided opportunities for over 1000 under 26’s through a range of activities including: 1-2-1 tuition for young musicians with internationally renowned artists, group workshops and performances in local primary and secondary schools, and intensive professional residencies.

We are unique in providing this level of educational opportunity in the region and we have developed our activities through feedback from previous students. This means our focus on enabling involvement in quality musical experiences involves more and more of our youth each year, who have a broad range of musical interest and skill.

The feedback from our young participants has been overwhelmingly positive with comments such as “This is really fun” – a rare occurrence from this age group! 100% reported they ‘enjoyed’ their workshop and in particular, they always highly rate the musician we have brought to the region for the sessions. Following our schools workshops we also noted a marked increase in attendance of younger audiences at our concerts.

So, we have seen that our Education and Outreach Programme is beginning to have a significant and lasting positive impact on our local youth, and we would like to share our appreciation for the support we have received from our patrons and sponsors who are key in enabling these activities to continue.

We are continuously working on projects that provide unique and exciting opportunities for young people – please contact us or visit our facebook page for the latest news.

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