Classical music for kids

Want to introduce your little one to classical music but not sure where to begin? These five 2020 events are just the thing to get them started 

"Chamber Tots", "For Crying Out Loud!" and more at Wigmore Hall

From the interactive "Chamber Tots" musical workshops to "For Crying Out Loud!" baby-friendly concerts for adults, there is something for children of all ages (and their parents!). The world-famous and much-loved venue in the heart of London has a rich and on-going programme of events—a great way of introducing the kids to music or for families to experience high-quality music-making in an informal setting!

Suitable for ages up to 11. Dates throughout the year.

 

FUNharmonics with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra in full flight playing selections of their favourite pieces—some you would expect and some surprises! These well-loved concerts are just one hour long, offering engaging and fun introductions to orchestral music. Coming up on February 16 is "Why Beethoven Threw the Stew", an introduction to one of the most brilliant composers in the history of music during his 250th birthday year.

Later in the year, "Before the Firebird" explores composer Igor Stravinsky’s tale of a Prince, a powerful bird, and their battle to defeat an evil sorcerer and release 13 captive sisters.

Suitable for ages 6+. February 16 and May 3.

 

Peppa Pig—My first concert

This concert is a fun and interactive introduction to a live orchestra that will take Peppa Pig fans on a magical musical journey when it heads on tour in the UK from February to May 2020.

Children and their families can sing and dance along with Peppa to her favourite songs, watch as Daddy Pig learn how to conduct an orchestra (and all the mishaps and mayhem that ensues!), explore all the different sounds that the many instruments make, and get a chance to enjoy familiar Peppa tunes as well as discovering some exciting orchestral pieces—all selected to be perfect for little ones, to capture their imagination and introduce them to a whole new world of music.

Suitable for ages 18 months+. Tour across the UK, Feb-May.

 

 

"Summon the Superheroes" at Cheltenham Music Festival 

The Cheltenham Music Festival (July 3–12) is one of the most family-friendly festivals around. As well as activities throughout the Festival which include face painting, instrument making, dancing and singing alongside world-class music-making, there is a "Summon the Superheroes" family concert with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alasdair Molloy at Cheltenham Town Hall.

This is the perfect event to introduce your kids to a classical music concert, as the hour-long programme includes music from Batman, The Incredible, Moana and more, with loads of participation!

Targeted at ages 5-12, suitable for all. July 11.

Tickets available soon.

 

Royal College of Music Festival of Percussion 2020

Now in its tenth year, the RCM Festival of Percussion is an established highlight of the UK percussion calendar. Activities for families include Gamelan, Taiko drumming, drum kit and tuned percussion sessions presented by RCM Sparks, the College’s learning and participation programme.

This year’s Festival will be the first time members of the public can explore and enjoy the incredible new facilities currently in the final stages of completion. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement soon!

More details and tickets soon. Early May 2020.

 

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