Battle Festival maintains a firm commitment to community engagement and education. Alongside the programme of events, it runs an extensive range of workshops and demonstrations, many of them free or heavily subsidised.

Since its inauguration in 2014 the Festival has commissioned three new works by leading composers and writers, aimed at bringing new music to the region and providing singing opportunites for more than 1500 young people. These include Howard Moody (PUSH), Ian McMillian and Tony Biggin (Seven Ages of Man), Tony Biggin (We Won’t Be Druv).

The festival has also funded public and in-school workshops for The Winter Giant lantern procession, a youth residency with international contemporary choreographer Joseph Toonga at Claverham Community College, Battle and Langton and Netherfield Primary schools; free public demonstrations with artist-in-residence Martin Brockman and Ian Penney; workshops with Glyndebourne Education; and a range of African storytelling, drumming and singing events with Indigenous People and Yusuf Jallo.

The festival’s patron Tim Rice-Oxley has also mentored 12 emerging artists, and provided support opportunities for two of them at fundraising concerts; Back to Battle with Tom Chaplin and with his band Mt. Desolation.

Further details about some past projects can be found below.

If you would like to know more about how we might work with your school or community group please contact us via the website.

February 22, 2021

The Winter Giant

In 2017 the Festival launched with a spectacular outdoor show called the Winter Giant. Told through large-scale puppetry, live and pre-recorded music, combined with professional and community performance, this heartwarming...

February 22, 2021


In 2016 Battle Festival marked the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings by commissioning a new opera from the internationally acclaimed composer Howard Moody. Rather than take a heritage […]...

February 22, 2021

We Won’t Be Druv!

We Won’t Be Druv! was commissioned by Battle Arts and Music Festival in 2014. Over 250 children from 8 primary schools joined to give the first performance in the De […]...

February 22, 2021

Seven Ages of Men

In 2015 Battle Festival’s commission, performed by school children from within 1066 Country took inspiration from Shakespeare’s Songs and poems. Ian McMillan (Bard of Barnsley and regular Radio 3 and […]...