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The International Festival reaches thousands of young people every year through creative learning programmes in schools such as The Art of Listening, which introduces primary school pupils to classical music, as well as dance and other arts led workshops. The International Festival is also in the third year of a special residency with Castlebrae Community High School.

Our grateful thanks go to the individuals and trusts who share our passion to expand our work with young people and families. They include James and Morag Anderson, Claire and Mark Urquhart, The Robertson Trust and other contributors to our Education Fund. Our work with Castlebrae Community High School is supported by James and Morag Anderson, Mike Shipley and Philip Rudge, the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust and The Patron's Fund.

For further details of our work and how to get involved, please contact our Creative Learning team at

I thought it was very good, and it definitely changed my view to classical music. 10/10!

Pupil, Parsons Green Primary on Art of Listening

Taking the International Festival into the school and the students out into the International Festival has already got them talking and thinking about it. It’s already made a phenomenal difference to our art department

Norma Prentice, Head Teacher at Castlebrae Community High School

The Herald Young Critics at the Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Listen to what the pupils participating in The Herald Young Critics had to say about the Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom at the 2017 International Festival.