See the Concert Reviews page for pictures and letters from the children
For our 2019 Children’s Concert we have received funding from the fantastic Tesco ‘Bags for Life’ Scheme. We outlined our project as follows:
“Giving local children an opportunity to hear, see and interact with a live symphony orchestra: inspiring, entertaining, educating and supporting the National Curriculum”
For the fifth year running, in addition to our two main concerts, we will perform a programme of accessible classical music for primary school children, as an introduction to orchestral playing. The children’s series was instigated by our previous Chair, Catherine Brown and has included music performed by piano soloist, Liang Shan, the children’s opera Hansel and Gretel and a wide range of classical and popular music. In 2018, we were delighted to have ten school children (3 violinists, a viola player, two French horn players, 3 flautists and a clarinettist) join us on stage to play as part of the orchestra.
One of our great aims is to share some of the excitement and satisfaction there is to be had from experiencing live music-making and in the hands of our conductor, Thomas Payne, presenting the music in his energetic and interactive manner, we truly believe we achieve this. Players present their instruments individually and as an ensemble, to reveal the layers of sound which combine to make the rich and complex music of a symphony orchestra. Interaction with the orchestra allows the audience to share and expand their knowledge and there is always an opportunity for the audience members to conduct the orchestra themselves. The variety of music on offer, reminds us that orchestras enrich our lives, perhaps more than we appreciate, in films, concerts, advertising, TV, computer games, opera, pop and more.
Comments from children in the audience: “That was the best thing I’ve ever seen.” ”I wish we could come again and see you do another spectacular performance”. “My favourite instrument was double bass.” “I was very interested in watching the conductor.” “We learnt loads.” “I loved how the opera singer had to sing and act at the same time.”
Comments from a teacher “A great opportunity to experience something that wouldn’t usually be available. I’m so pleased the children’s cultural horizons are being expanded. The lessons and resources were brilliant and much appreciated. We learnt so much about music by doing them.” We are extremely grateful for funding received from Michael Francis of the Herefordshire-based firm, Practice Engine, for our 2018 Children’s Concert. Together we can help to keep orchestral playing alive.