Hilden Musikschule (German exchange)

The exchange between the Warrington & District Youth Orchestra and Musikschule Hilden began in 1978, as part of the town twinning arrangements. Currently the exchange happens annually; last year a group of young musicians from WYO travelled to Germany, and in October 2019 our friends from Hilden will return the visit.

Our Symphony and Chamber Orchestras are invited to attend a residential weekend in October, to enjoy music workshops, rehearsals and fun activities. They will be joined on the Saturday by the Hilden group. We will come together for the Mayor’s Concert on Wednesday 23rd October – always a highlight of the trip – and our guests will explore the local area during the week. We also need lots of volunteers to host our visitors.

We are very proud of our links with Hilden, and our affection for our friends there grows with each visit. This exchange is one of the real highlights of our year.  It’s always a wonderful opportunity for the children and a great cultural link for Warrington.

Places are held for Symphony in the first instance – make sure that you reply to your letter promptly! 

Details for 2019

This year sees the return of Hilden Music School to Warrington. We have an exciting programme of events to mark their visit which starts with a two-day residential workshop in the beautiful Cleobury Mortimer, Nr. Kidderminster, Worcestershire (ACUK Pioneer Centre).

The coach will depart from Bridgewater High School (Upper Site) at 6:00pm Friday 18th October 2019. On arrival at ACUK Pioneer Centre we will have an evening meal before settling in for the night ready to commence rehearsals promptly on Saturday 19th October; which is also when Hilden Music School will arrive to join our rehearsal in preparation for the Mayor’s Concert later in the week. For WYO the residential will conclude on Sunday 20th October when we will depart after a full day of joint rehearsal arriving back at Bridgewater High School (Upper Site) at approximately 8:00pm.

Hilden Music School will stay on for the evening to depart on Monday 21st October and enjoy sightseeing in the area before arriving back in Warrington for a coffee and cake reception at Royal British Legion, Stockport Road, Thelwall, Warrington, WA4 2TB between 4:30 & 5:30pm.

The residential is open to all members of the Symphony and Chamber orchestras in years 7 and above.  However, places are limited so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible.  Please note you also need to attend the Mayor’s Concert on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 (evening – time to be confirmed). There is a small cost of £130 to cover the coach and full board accommodation throughout the residential. If you can host a guest from Hilden Music School this cost will be discounted to £100 as a gesture of appreciation for your inconvenience.

However, if cost presents a difficulty, please do not miss out on this opportunity but speak to Roy Green (chair) in complete confidence.

Payment will be due in two instalments:
29th June 2019 – £65 / £50
21st September 2019 – £65 / £50(
Cheques payable to Warrington Youth Orchestra or make payment online.

The visit of Hilden Music School will culminate on Friday 25th October 2019 with a joint celebration at Thelwall British Legion, Stockport Road, Warrington WA4 2TB (evening – time to be confirmed).

In addition, throughout the week there will be opportunities to participate in sightseeing excursions with our friends from Hilden – details to follow.

As part of our planning for this visit it is essential that we can identify host families. Please confirm the number of guests that you can accommodate, the presence of any household pets and any gender preference for guest(s). All age groups including juniors and beginners are welcome to host our visitors and to be involved in the associated social activities, however the residential and music making is restricted to symphony and chamber in years 7 and above.

Please confirm your attendance on the residential and hosting capacity to Sarah Oliver – sarahjoliver68@gmail.com

If you have any queries, questions or concerns please contact Sarah Oliver, Catherine McQuillan or any member of the committee.

This is a fantastic opportunity – please don’t miss out.

Hilden Musikschule

Hilden is a small town in North West Germany near Düsseldorf, . The towns were formally twinned in 1968 (the relationship arising out of the stationing of the Lancashire regiment in the area).

Hilden Musikschule is a German Public Music School, being a foundation for the musical education of children, adolescents and adults. As such it supplements rather than replacing music instruction in school. Hilden’s symphony orchestra (which is made up of young people and adults) is called Sinfo.