Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio

Education has always been an integral part of the HICMF and 2023 is no exception. We have an exciting and rather different style of project lined up for this year: cellist and HICMF co-director Ashok Klouda will be teaming up with animateur Polly Ives to bring to life the musical story of ‘The Dinosaur Department Store’ in primary schools around Haringey.

Written by Richard Merritt and Lily Murray, with music by Paul Rissmann, The Dinosaur Department Store tells the story of a feisty heroine Eliza Jane. Instead of a cute, fluffy bunny, she has her heart firmly set on a prehistoric pet. Over the course of a 45 minute performance the schoolchildren are taken on a marvellous magical tour of their local dinosaur department store. From huge, stomping sauropods stretching their necks to a pair of loved-up Ankylosaurs called Maud and Frank, there are plenty of amazing dinosaurs for Eliza Jane to choose from. But this wild child is hatching a fantastic plan of her own.

If you would like to hear more about the HICMF education and outreach work or would like to support our work with local schools, please contact the Festival Manager.

Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio


In previous years the HICMF Young Artists scheme focused on bringing together several aspects of music education to help emerging young ensembles become more versatile musicians and complete all-round communicators

Each year HICMF’s Young Artists’ Scheme provided one selected ensemble with:

  • free coaching during the year from leading chamber musicians
  • a high-profile performance in the main festival, and potential links to other performance opportunities
  • a professional quality video recording of their performance, which they can use to promote the ensemble/competition applications etc
  • a series of specialised coaching sessions from acclaimed animateur, cellist & baritone Matthew Sharp on developing their own workshop-concerts for primary schools
  • the experience of performing those workshop-concerts in Haringey primary schools
  • at least one masterclass with a world renowned musician. Recent artists who have given classes include Steven Isserlis CBE and Susan Tomes
Salomé Quartet

HICMF Young Artists 2019 the Salomé Quartet performing in the festival

Matthew Sharp and the Mithras Piano Trio

Matthew Sharp working with the Mithras Piano Trio

Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio

Steven Isserlis CBE with the Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio

Mithras Piano Tri

HICMF Young Artists 2018 the Mithras Piano Trio presenting a concert-workshop to primary school children in Haringey