Welcome to the 8th edition of our Let's Get Creative newsletter. As usual we have an array of opportunities for you and schools, some information of upcoming events and a lovely update from a school in our Fresh Works section.

Please remember to let us know how cultural education is going in your school, we love to see and share all the creative and cultural activities taking part in the county!

Whats Coming Up
The Vache Baroque History of Sound

Vache Baroque proudly presents 'A History of Sound', our interactive, educational children's show, accompanied by hands-on workshops and a cross-curricular resources pack for children aged 9 - 11. We can’t wait to tour our performances across state primary schools across Bucks, whose children would benefit enormously from this project.


To view our trailer, visit:

OperaFirst Schools’ Project – Opportunities now available for 2023!

OperaFirst provides an exceptional opportunity for young people to take part in a music and drama workshop, exploring themes and devising words/music, before experiencing a world-class performance at Garsington Opera on the Wormsley Estate near Stokenchurch.
Our Secondary School’s OperaFirst gives students the chance to watch a full-scale opera while our Primary School’s OperaFirst offers a 1-hour interactive performance guided by a presenter.
For more information and to sign-up for a workshop, please
visit our website and click on either Primary or Secondary. Alternatively, email and we will be happy to send you all the details.


Garsington Opera Youth Company – 2023 applications now open!
We have an incredible opportunity for children to take part in our Youth Company and perform on our professional stage at Garsington Opera. No experience is needed, and participation is fully funded. Our open auditions take the form of a free (and fun!) group music and drama workshop in the morning or afternoon.

To register interest, please email More information will be available on our website in early January. Workshop audition times to be confirmed after sign-up.
Open Audition Date: Saturday 4 February 2023
Ages 9 and up. (Must be age 9 by 1 July 2023.)

Ukrainian Cultural Days & Creative Translation Workshops
for Primary & Secondary Schools

We are offering workshops for whole classes at Key Stage 2 & 3, where pupils will work together with their Ukrainian classmates to read, share and translate a Ukrainian picture book or a poem.
Our Ukrainian Cultural Days also offer the opportunity to involve parents and carers of Ukrainian pupils, in special lunchtime or after-school sessions for families.

To register interest, please email
Youth Voice Bucks – Youth Summit

Youth Voice Bucks empowers young people to help improve the services, resources, and places that surround them by supporting high-quality youth participation opportunities across Buckinghamshire. For more information, youth voice opportunities, and case studies, visit
Youth Voice Bucks will be hosting a Youth Summit on Thursday 23 February at The Waterside Theatre. This event will bring young people from schools across the county together to discuss the biggest issues and areas of interest for young people in Buckinghamshire today. Find out more at

View the Youth Voice Bucks – Working with Schools poster:

New Members Welcome

We are still welcoming wonderful new members to the Shed family but still have room for more!

For any further information on Children's Theatre (ages 6 to 11), Youth Theatre (ages 12 to 18), Company Theatre (ages 18+) Workshops, or indeed any of our activities, including holiday Workshops and the Garden Shed Projects!

please email

Access NFTS : Open to all

Access NFTS is a national outreach programme designed to discover, inform and inspire a new generation of creative talent.

The programme is run by the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and supported by Universal Pictures, who both share a mission to seek out home grown British talent and allow it to flourish. We want to work with the film, television and game makers of the future, whatever their background, from school leavers to adults looking for access to the industry.

We want to engage with those already interested in a career in the industry, as well as those not yet aware of the broad range available opportunities. 

We want to work with groups traditionally under-represented in both Higher Education and the Film, TV and Games industry.

Access NFTS: Discover

Twice a term the NFTS opens its doors to secondary education aged pupils (11-16 years old). The aim of this session is for young people to discover the NFTS, find out what happens at the school, have a tour of the site and meet some current students. The events are designed to be mixed, therefore allowing multiple groups to attend.
Each event will follow the same timetable:

Intro to NFTS and careers in the industry (20 minutes with discussion activity)
Tour of NFTS with current students  (60 minutes)
NFTS Film screening with intro from filmmaker(s) (20 minutes)
Q&A with current NFTS students (10 minutes)
Summary and evaluation (10 minutes)
Dates:  16th March, 18th May, 13th July
Access NFTS: Experience

Twice a term the NFTS will open its doors to further education aged students. The aim of this session is for young people to experience the NFTS. These 4-hour sessions will give an insight into studying at the NFTS, include an interactive experience tour of the school and opportunity to meet staff and students. The events are designed to be mixed, therefore allowing multiple groups to attend.
Each event will follow the same timetable with workshops in 3 different disciplines taught at the school. Details of the workshops for each event will be confirmed nearer to the event date:
Intro to NFTS (15 minutes)
Tour of NFTS (30 minutes)
Workshop 1 – Workshop 1 (45 minutes)
Workshop 2 – Workshop 2 (45 minutes)
Workshop 3 - Workshop 3 (45 minutes)
Q&A with current NFTS Students (15 minutes)
Summary and evaluation (10 minutes)
 Dates:   5th December, 22nd February, 20th April, 14th June, 12th July
For more information on Access NFTS, the Discover/Experience events and to book your FREE places, please go to our website go to

You can book for multiple events if you wish
Please note: All school requests received for visits to the NFTS will be directed towards these dates in the first instance
We are a team of music teachers dedicated to making positive and lasting changes in music education across the UK. 
This brand-new music learning platform has been designed to help improve the standard of primary music lessons with a broad and varied curriculum which adheres to all model music curriculum guidelines! 
This programme has been designed to give specialist and generalist teachers confidence when delivering an entire music curriculum overview for both Key stages 1 and 2. 
We are offering a 3-month FREE TRIAL to all primary schools who are interested in making a positive change in their music provision. To get things started, please contact us on the following: 

phone: 01296534032 
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is
open for 2022-23 s
chool bookings!
Facilitated by our enthusiastic experts, our sessions uncover Roald’s creative processes by using his unique archive and exploring our fantabulous galleries. By the end of your day, your students will have created something marvelous for themselves and leave the Museum feeling inspired and equipped to unlock their own stories. 
Range of dates and times available throughout the 2022-23 academic year.

Email the Learning Team at to book.
               Livestream Learning special offer for Bucks Schools from the Roald Dahl Museum
The Roald Dahl Museum is offering Bucks state schools a 25% discount for one year group per school to have a Livestream session. We have availability through to July 23. 

See our website for more details

Contact us at

Young Creative Bucks Forum
We are still looking for young people to join us for this forum, especially from the north and south of the County and from diverse backgrounds. Please let students know not to be shy to apply, their voice counts!
We are aiming to spread the net as wide as possible and to be inclusive as possible so please share with all young people between the ages of 14-18

Thank you!
Let’s Discover! Discover Bucks Museum Schools Workshops

Explore hands-on learning in our Let’s Discover! workshops. Choose interactive expert-led sessions based in our brand-new museum galleries or exploratory adventures in the magical Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery. Book now for workshops including:
Archaeology: Prehistory, Romans, Anglo Saxons
History: Tudors, Victorian Crime and Punishment, Toys throughout the Ages
EYFS: Dino Mystery, Traditional Tales
Available in Bucks term time on weekdays. Half and whole day offered, beginning at 10.15 am and 12.30 pm.

To find out more or book, please email: Serena Avery at
or fill out a web enquiry form here:
Explore our website:


Do you have students considering options for September? 

Are they 16, post-GCSE’s and have never previously completed a Level 3 qualification?

 Then this course is for them and FULLY FUNDED!

On our fully funded government (BTEC) course, they will:

Be trained in all aspects of performing arts, in exceptional facilities.

Be supported from audition through to application to conservatoire or university.

Have the opportunity to be represented by the Jackie Palmer agency to work in TV, theatre and film. 

For more information contact us:

Funding for Creative Learning Sessions
at Waddesdon Manor

The Rothschild Foundation and Waddesdon Manor have jointly launched a Schools Access Fund with the purpose of subsidising and promoting learning sessions for schools. We welcome applications from schools across Bucks for financial support covering transport costs, workshop fees, National Trust Education Group Membership and staff costs to a maximum of £750. 
Applications can be made anytime through the Rothschild Foundation’s website -  
If you’d like to have a pre-application conversation to share your plans or need support completing the application form, please contact

BMT Battle of the Bands 8

Enter BOTB 8 Now!

Battle of the Bands is back for its 8th instalment and it's going to be bigger and better than ever!  With the final taking place at the Old Town Hall in High Wycombe on Saturday 4th March 2023, an expert panel of judges and awesome prizes to be won - not to mention the glory of victory! - BOTB8 is a must-enter competition for any young band in Buckinghamshire!
Auditions are now closed, however you can wait for the next edition!
Bucks Music Trust are happy to come and talk to students at your school about this opportunity, please contact

Youth Dance Performance Project for ages 11-16 (no previous dance experience needed)
Workshop times: Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 pm, 4 Jan - 8 Feb 23 at Wycombe Arts Centre, High Wycombe - Performance/showing: 10 February (evening, time TBC)
Come and join a fun, informal group where you get to create a contemporary dance piece together. We will use stories and personal experiences that will help you to create movement based on a set theme.
We welcome those that take dance classes on a regular basis and those who haven’t tried it before.
Cost: Free trial class! £36 for the full 6-weeks, get in touch for family discounts and do let us know if your child would like to attend but you are unable to afford it, we don’t want anyone missing out.
More information and sign-up online at or contact Liezl by email at
Guitari Lounge - Under 18's Open Mic Nights
The night is currently held every month at High Wycombe Arts Centre and The Drawing Room in Chesham. Everybody is welcome to attend, the dates are as follows:
Guitari Lounge is an open mic night organised by the Buckinghamshire Music Trust to give young people from across the county an opportunity to play in front of a supportive audience, hone their performance and songwriting skills and make like-minded friends.
High Wycombe Arts Centre:  17th February & 17th Mach 2023
 All sessions start at 7-9 pm. £2 entry


Woodwork Exhibition

26 Jan – 15 Feb

Free Entry

A showcase of work from learners that enjoy the custom-built woodwork studio at Queens Park Arts Centre. Groups featured include our very own tutored and untutored weekly classes, Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, the Community Head Injury Service, and Pebble Brook School. Work includes woodcarving, carpentry, and turned items.

Earth & Water – Brenda Hurley & Amanda Curbishley

20 Feb – 8 Mar

Free Entry

Brenda and Amanda have worked together for many years enjoying painting and teaching, but their work is still as individual as they are. Brenda’s high horizon work in landscape vibrate in unconventional colour. Amanda’s special handling of paint with fluid panache interprets waters either river or seas. 

After-school Art Club
Mondays, 4.30pm - 6pmTuesdays, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Regular painting, drawing and printmaking for primary schoolers (aged 7 - 11) at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. Come and try out new ways of making art and give your imagination some exercise! Children will be introduced to a broad range of practical processes and creative games.

For more information visit


KS3 BFI French Study Day
Thursday 2 February 2023, 10.30am – 3pm
Delivered by the BFI Education team, this event is for school groups and uses French short films as a stimulus for language learning.

More information can be found on our website:
Book via the ATG website:
Wycombe Youth Action
United and Stronger - Wednesday 15th Feb 2023 - 12pm -4pm

United and Stronger is a aimed and strengthen female relationships through a variety of workshops eg Photography Art Cooking Sports.

For more information and to book email or
To book contact
MOB: 07563383697/07590624266

The next issue is due on the 23rd of March 2023 with the deadline for submissions on the 31st of January.

Please remember to share your successes with us so we can share in the Fresh Works section of this newsletter.

Share Now

We are asking young people from across Bucks to tell us about things they enjoy, cool things they've seen, done or been to. What do they think about Arts & Culture, about Bucks, also what's missing?
Students can send us a message, an image, a video, poem, story or track by clicking below 

Show Us/Tell Us

Buckinghamshire Culture Partnership are running a project called Bucks in 100 Objects and would like some contributions from young people.
Please share this website with students and encourage them to take part, it's quite a fascinating project!

Just click here

Bucks in 100 Objects

Fresh Works

Three bands from Dr Challoner's Grammar School's 'Rock Club' auditioned for BMT's Battle of the Bands 8 at Aylesbury Music Centre on Friday 27th January. Competing against many other talented young bands from across Buckinghamshire, they each performed one song to a panel of judges who will select the acts going through to the final which is held in March. 

Crows & Arrows, one of last year's BOTBs finalists, performed their latest original, 'Another Heartbreak Song", which they hope will propel them into the final again this year.

Also auditioning were two bands that attend the recently introduced 'Rock Club Fringe', a lunchtime club that Challoner's has created specifically for its Year 7 students.

Year 7 band Hazard gave a moving rendition of Ellie Goulding's 'How Long Will I Love You' whilst Bio Hazard gave a rousing performance of 'Living on a Prayer' complete with audience participation!

Whether or not the bands are ultimately selected for the final, the audition itself provided a great experience for them to play in front of an audience, watch other young bands perform and also receive helpful feedback.


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