Outreach and our vision
In 2021, between recording sessions for our online Festival, Ben Tarlton, Samuel Staples and Jams Coleman initiated our fruitful connection with St Donats Atlantic College where they gave a short performance of Mozart and Dvorak piano trios to the students. As well as being an idyllic location to give a concert, the performers were blown away by the attentiveness and feeling of genuine appreciation that the students exuded. Their genuine curiosity and fascination highlighted the importance of bringing music into familiar settings to help captivate the imagination of the next generation.
Our scheduled performance at St Donats College connected to our 2022 Festival was unfortunately cancelled due to an outbreak in Covid at the school. However, Festival Director Ben Tarlton was able to go in alone shortly after the Festival, taking an afternoon of masterclasses with the students (pictured below). Their engagement and enthusiasm was once again thrilling to be around and seeing them be able to enjoy and connect through chamber music was a clear indicator that putting energy into music making is a revitalising experience for all ages.
At the Llantwit Major Chamber Music Festival, we believe that sharing the passion for classical music can stretch far beyond our concerts. Through performances at care homes and local schools, we can provide members of the community with revitalising and fresh live performances as well as interactive workshops that they would otherwise have limited or no access to. This is something we are very excited about expanding over the coming years and seeing the Festival flourish into a real source of cultural vitality.