27 June - 12 July 2015



The Deal Festival has a long history of educational outreach work, and has encouraged and inspired people across East Kent to engage with the arts. This year our programme is managed by our new Education Director, Laura Callaghan. The educational outreach programme aims to reach all members of the Deal community and it’s surrounding areas across East Kent, through a broad programme of arts-based activity, for people of all ages, abilities and interests.

For questions relating to the education programme, please contact Laura Callaghan on laura@handonheartarts.com


Heritage of the Blues takes inspiration from the performance by the Grammy Award nominee Heritage Blues Orchestra on Friday 4th July 2014, 7.30pm  2014 during DFMA. Various community workshops will be running throughout the Festival and the school holidays, including

-    INTRODUCTION TO THE HARMONICA with Brendan Power http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-the-harmonica-workshop-deal-festival-tickets-11220730507

-    SLIDE GUITAR WORKSHOP with Russ Grooms http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/slide-guitar-workshop-deal-festival-tickets-11249462445

-    BLUES LOOP PEDAL WORKSHOP with Dan Turnbull http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blues-loop-pedal-workshop-deal-festival-tickets-11221274133

There will also be a series of adult blues workshops:

-    BLUES CAFE with Russ Grooms http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blues-cafe-deal-festival-tickets-11220148767

Three secondary schools in the East Kent area will be treated to an all-day blues workshop with two leading professional musicians on 24th, 25th and 26th June. If your school is interested in hosting a FREE workshop, please contact laura@handonheartarts.com

Deal Festival Summer School in Dover

Summer School for musicians who have a minimum Grade I ability on wind, brass, strings or percussion instrument. The Summer School involved ensemble work, composition, masterclasses, and excellent tuition from well established instrumental teachers, all working towards CD being recorded at the end of the programme. No age limit. Fee = £65 for the whole week. Dates = Monday 4th August - Friday 8th August 2014. Schedule = 9.30am - 3.30pm. At Beacon Church Hall, Bartholemew Street, Dover. For more information please contact Graham Harvey on graham3968@hotmail.com / 01304 373697 or Jan Goldsack on jgoldsack@hotmail.co.uk / 07788723370

Romeo and Juliet themed music workshops for primary schools will be delivered on Tuesday 3rd June by composer and animateur John Webb. We are looking for two primary schools to host one half-day music workshop at their school in East Kent. If your school is interested in hosting a FREE workshop, please contact laura@handonheartarts.com

Cory Band Project “The Weight” – DFMA has commissioned  David Burridge and Martin Riley to write a new piece to be  performed by young players from the Betteshanger Brass Academy, The Deal Brass Academy and the Eythorne Silver Band, playing alongside the Cory Brass Band.  The young players are being mentored by section leaders from The Cory Band.   The story will be narrated by ex Miners from the Coalfield sites of Kent.  This new work will be played at a concert with The Cory Band as part of the Deal Festival on Saturday 5th July 2014 in Dover.


Romeo and Juliet themed drama workshops, delivered by The Changeling Theatre company based in Maidstone, will run throughout May and June 2014, in the run up to the Changeling Theatre’s performance of Romeo & Juliet at Walmer Castle on July 1st 2014. If you are a secondary school interested in hosting a FREE drama workshop, please be in touch with laura@handonheartarts.com


TrinityLaban Dance – We are working closely with Tony Thatcher Head of Master’s Programme in Choreography at Trinity/Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. His 3rd year students will be performing as part of the Festival on the 2nd July when secondary schools students from workshops held during the day will be invited to attend free of charge. Schools involved are Astor College, Castle Community and Duke of York’s Military School. Workshops will be hosted at the Duke of York’s Military School on the morning of 2nd July 2014.

Nicola Armitage - Early Dance will also be covered in the education programme this year by Nicola Armitage, from Royal Ballet School who will work with young ballet students from the area on baroque dance. Details tbc. For more information contact laura@handonheartarts.com


Young Musicians – it has always been one of the criteria of DFMA to work with young musicians and this year we are giving platforms to musicians from The Royal College of Music and Royal Northern College of Music.  MAKSIM ŠTŠURA – from RCM will perform works by Bach, Ligeti, Gershwin and a three piano pieces composed by himself.  PETHER TRIO from RCM with soloists Henry Clay, oboe will perform Bach Goldberg Variations plus works by Britten and Mozart.  We will also give a platform to THE LEON QUARTET all recent graduates from Canterbury Christ Church University and GENTLEMEN OF FEW a local group shortlisted for BBC2 Young Folk Awards.  We have invited Richard King, educated in Dover, who has just started on a career in music to perform One Line Sondheim with other recent graduates


We have plans in place to work on the projects listed below (funding is still pending for these projects). Please be in touch with Laura Callaghan if you are interested in finding out more or getting involved in these projects in 2014-2015.

BOLD AS with professional musician Phil White

A whole-class creative brass programme running from September 2014 to perform at the Deal Festival in July 2015. We are looking for 3 classes from one or several primary schools in the East Kent area to get involved with this project.

World Music Academy On The Road with Musiko Musika

We are looking for a cluster of three primary schools for this project

Special Schools Inclusion Project with Rhythmix

We are looking for one secondary school and one Special School in East Kent to get involved with this project

Creative Orchestra Days with the Philharmonia Orchestra

We are looking for one East Kent based primary school and one East Kent based secondary school to get involved with this project.

MUSIC=LIFE ensemble and vocal group

Two intergenerational, mixed ability music group and vocal groups, which encourage people from all walks of life to play music together.