26 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. Our programme is managed by our Education Director, Laura Callaghan Grooms of Hand on Heart Arts. 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 Grooms on laura@handonheartarts.com


A core Deal Festival education project,taking inspiration from the local Brass Band tradition of the ex mining areas in East Kent. Working with Soundhub and initially five primary schools (St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Aylesham, Aylesham Primary School, Sandown in North Deal, Warden House, and Whitfield Primary).  Soundhub provide weeklywhole-class guidance with local brass musiciansand then the young players work in creative music sessions with some of the most prestigious brass players in the country. Each participanthave been given pbones and ptrumpets which they can take home to practise on. 

BOLD AS SPRING CONCERT: Thursday 26th March 2015 at Dover Town Hall

BOLD AS 'DEAL FESTIVAL 2015' CONCERT: Monday 29th June 2015 at Nye Hall, Duke of Yorks School.  

Heritage of the Jazz and Blues

This project was started successfully in 2014 and was inspired by the Heritage Blues Orchestra from America who appeared in the Festival 2014. 

Jazz and Blues Cafe for amateur adult musicians is still running: first Monday of the month (including Bank Holidays) from May to September 2015 at The Lighthouse in Walmer. Led by Peter Cook. £6 to participate. Feel free to drop in!

We are working with secondary schools to offer Jazz and Blues workshops, supported by a Teacher Resource Pack. Sessions are delivered, and the resource pack is written, by professional musicians  Joe Browne and Russ Callaghan Grooms. We are looking for two schools to participate. FREE to schools.

We are working in partnership with Ronnie Scott’s, the legendary jazz venue in London, to provide ‘Big Band in A Day’ on Friday 3rd July 2015. We are looking for young musicians (Grade 5 +) to participate. FREE to students. Booking essential.

We are offering two community workshops as a part of the Deal Festival programme. ‘Everything you wanted to know about the jazz saxophone / harmonica, but were afraid to ask’, led by Brendan Power and Joe Browne. Both workshops are on 4th July at the Astor Theatre, and are open to the general public. £6. Contact for more info.

Deal Festival Music Summer School:

We will be hosting our annual Summer School in Dover again this year from Monday 3rd August for five full days with a concert on the Friday evening. £65 per person. All ages welcome. We are offering 10 musicians (any age) in East Kent a bursary to join our Deal Festival Summer School in August. The cost is normally £65. Criteria tbc - please enquire. Booking essential.

Nicholas McCarthy workshops:

McCarthy, the one handed pianist, will be performing at the Deal Festival 2015. Nicholas will deliver workshops and talks to local schools, including a pre-concert talk. Nicholas' passion for engaging children and young adults in classical music is a motivation rivalled only by his love of the Concert platform. "Classical music must be encouraged at a young age and taught properly so that we may ensure its future, it must not be exclusive or alienating"

Schools’ Concert

Friday 3rd July 2015 at 1pm during the Deal Festival. You and your students will listen to a one-hour concert of music from around the world, performed by Deal Festival’s first ever Musician in Residence, the brilliant Estonian pianist MaksimŠtšura who is joined by violinist Michael Foyle (BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist 2008). The concert will be presented by music animateur and musician Ruth Rosales, who will animate the concert, ensuring that young listeners can get the very most out of the experience.Advance booking essential.  


Sounding Art

A professional musician and professional artist(s) will visit your school for a one-day course to create new artworks using different kinds of music as the stimulus for these responses. The professional musician will guide young people through what to listen out for in sound/music, and will work together with the artist to ensure young people are guided through the process of self-expression, reflection, understanding of different artforms, participation in making their own art, understanding how ‘the arts’ encompasses a range of art forms from the familiar to the unfamiliar, and to connect how art forms connect to their lives. This includes the opportunity to gain an Arts Award ‘Discover’ Award. Project is in partnership with SEAS / Underground Pearl.


Trinity Laban Dance Weekend

Deal Festival will work with Trinity Laban on a Youth Dance Weekend, focusing on the development of technique, performance skills, and improvisation within contemporary dance for young dancers. The Youth Dance weekend commences on the first weekend of the Deal Festival. 2 day contemporary dance workshop, in partnership with Trinity Laban, focusing on the development of technique, performance skills, and improvisation for young dancers aged between 14 and 19.Book your place by 8th June. FREE to attend. Places limited. Booking essential.


The Changeling Theatre Company

In 2014 we worked with the Changeling Theatre Company in schools and this year we will work with them again– theatre works this year in the Deal Festival will be Two Gentlemen of Verona and Hay Fever. We are offering one school the opportunity to host a theatre workshop in their school for FREE in May/June 2015.



Education Ambassador

The integrity of Deal Festival’s education work has encouraged John Wallace who was one of the youngest principals in The Philharmonia Orchestra and recently retired as Principal of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire of Music and Drama to become our Education Ambassador.

It has also encouraged Alison Balsom to become our President.

Arts Award Supporter

Deal Festival is a supporter of Arts Awards and is happy to be of assistance to young people who are working towards their Arts Awards. Contact the Education Director for further information.

We offer a range of support, including:

'Meet the artist' sessions

Volunteering opportunities

Discounted tickets to see shows, gigs and concerts

Work Experience

Deal Festival welcomes students from local secondary schools wishing to do Work Experience at the Festival. Please apply via laura@handonheartarts.com.   We are able to provide a range of mixed professional arts experiences. We are unable to provide transport to and from Festival events, so this needs to be taken into consideration in advance of applying for Work Experience with us.