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Schubert in Schools

It’s changed my opinion of how classical music can fit into 21st century key stage 3 curriculum. By comparing the context of the music the students start to see how it is still relevant.” Andy Davey, Curriculum Lead for Music, Fir Vale School, Sheffield

It gives me inspiration to sing in the future” young participant, 2016

Schubert in Schools is a project led by Music in the Round, working in partnership with baritone Roderick Williams, pianist Christopher Glynn and schools and Music Hubs in Barking, Clapham, Doncaster, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Sheffield.  

The project is based on a 2016 pilot carried out in Sheffield by Music in the Round, Roderick Williams and Sheffield Music Hub  that brought together two Year 7 groups of young people (aged 11-12) from two Sheffield schools: Handsworth Grange and Fir Vale. The young people worked together to explore, learn and sing songs from Schubert’s Winter Journey song cycle. Following training in singing, songs from Winter Journey were performed alongside original compositions by the students, created under the guidance of composer Andrew J Smith. Find out more about the original project in this video here.

The enthusiasm of the students about their creative involvement in a type of music that was wholly new to the majority of them, along with feedback from staff in the two schools, was tremendous. Such was their enthusiasm that Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn and Music in the Round felt compelled to devise a larger-scale project to build on this initial pilot.

This project began in autumn 2018, led by music teachers in schools. Music in the Round provided teacher training, resource packs, comprehensive digital resources, and online webinars, along with guidance on lesson plans and teaching sessions for studying and performing Winter Journey and creating new compositions inspired by the work and its themes. This teacher-led work then culminated with a fortnight of workshops and performances in schools and at concert venues around the country, involving Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn, teachers and young participants (from 25 January to 8 February 2019).

 A documentary and some short videos featuring highlights of the project are currently being edited for wider distribution. In the meantime, you can watch examples of the students’ own compositions in two short videos here and here.


You can also find out a bit about what the students and teachers enjoyed about the project in these vox-pops here.

It is our ambition to present a second national tour of this project in the future. For more information please contact Fraser Wilson, Learning & Participation Manager on 0114 281 4660, or email

Schubert in Schools 2018-19 has been funded by the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, Sheffield Town Trust, Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust, Mayfield Valley Arts Trust, individual donors, and Friends of Music in the Round.

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