The Festival worked closely with local schools:


There were interactive concerts by this year’s resident group, Ferio Saxophone Quartet, to all the local primary schools and Years 7 and 8 of Beaminster School.  The students found their brilliant virtuosity ‘awesome’.

Mountjoy, Perrott Hill, St Mary’s Academy and Beaminster School performed at the Pre-Coffee Concerts in the church.

St Mary’s Academy and Mountjoy had Steel Pans Workshops and St Mary’s and the Beaminster Playgroup took part in an intergenerational Tea Party in St Mary’s Gardens

Big thanks to Andy Smith at Beaminster School, Katy Woodrow at St Mary’s Academy, Paula Reader at Mountjoy and Pat Crawford the Schools Liaison for the festival. As well as the sponsors  Christine Corson, Waitrose Collection and the Belacqua Trust.

Art and Photography Exhibition

Both art and photography from Beaminster School seniors and Art from St Mary’s Academy and Beaminster Playgroup was exhibited in the Public
Hall as part of the wider Festival Art Exhibition.

Thanks to Katie Brent and Paul Haigh at Beaminster School, St Mary’s Academy, Mandy Broster at Beaminster Playgroup and the Art Committee.

Histories of the Unexpected
Dr Sam Willis and Prof. James Daybell

On Thursday 27th June, a light-hearted but fascinating show investigated the histories of everyday objects was given to pupils at Beaminster School.