At NCM we are keen to share our enthusiasm for music with our concert audiences old and new and with those in the education system.

At concerts

A number of pre-concert talks by our Artistic Director Misha Donat and pre-concert interviews with visiting musicians enhance the audience’s experience. Informative programme notes add more detail – and are well worth re-reading quietly afterwards!

School/student Activities

Aside from the regular concerts, NCM has an education programme aimed at enthusing, inspiring and assisting the tuition of today’s school pupils – tomorrow’s musicians and audiences! Some events are arranged by us directly. For others we partner with organisations sharing similar aims, to promote active participation in music by primary and secondary pupils.

Funding for education activities comes from generous individual donors and from time to time other local charities and trusts. We thank them all for their continuing support and we are always grateful for any new donations made to our Restricted Fund for Education.


We set out to provide activities or support in each season in each of three categories:

1. Arranging and funding visits by professional musicians to some primary schools in the area, to enthuse young pupils by offering quality live performances

2. Funding support and encouragement to talented Norfolk young musicians, through student bursaries and competition prizes for pupils receiving tuition and orchestral playing at higher levels.

3. Funding support for tuition programmes in less advantaged areas of Norwich, in both Primary and Secondary education.

To see how we met those objectives last season, please click on the ‘School/Student Activities 2018/19’ link below.

The 2019 – 2020 season

The planning and execution of the new season is well under way, with these same objectives in mind. In November 2019 we welcomed a return visit from the Moriarty Winds, a wind quintet who held very effective workshops in three local Primary Schools. We have also granted bursaries to a number of talented students attending the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians on Saturdays in term time, as well as to members of Norfolk County Youth Orchestra.

We will be mounting another Schools Music Project over three days, 10th 11th and 12th March 2020. Professional musicians will lead workshops in schools, ending with a concert at the John Innes Centre on the final day themed around the intriguing title of ‘The Sounds of the Silk Road’.

To see more details please click on the School/Student Activities 2019-2020