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Squirrel Nutkin Makes His Musical Debut
What do your children think about orchestras? Would they willingly go to a concert hall and sit down for two hours listening to violinists and pianists as a conductor waves his little stick? Even if you could get them to go, you'll probably spend your evening hushing them as they fidget in their seats.
Or perhaps not. Cadogan Hall in Chelsea is putting on two concerts specifically designed to engage with children and keep them entertained. A venue with over 900 hundred seats, Cadogan Hall brings in some of the most impressive and well known orchestra, such as the Royal Philharmonic. Most of the performances shown are generally only going to appeal to an adult audience, but the Crash, Bang, Wallop! Family Concert is a different matter altogether.
On Saturday 9th March at 12pm, the City of London Sinfonia will recreate The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin. The one hour show is a fun musical retelling of Beatrix Potter's delightful classic children's story, giving 3-6 year olds a fantastic introduction to the world of classical music. There is plenty of audience participation, including 'spot the instruments' and 'meet the music'.
Before the concert, at 11am, there will be a chance to meet the musicians and take part in fun activities such as Minute Maestro conducting, Musical Crafts, and the Percussion Zoo.
Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for children. You can also buy a family ticket for £24.
Not long after that, the City of London Sinfonia will appear again to perform a Brass Extravaganza. At 12pm on the Saturday 11th May, the little ones will discover all the delights about the noisiest members of the orchestra. Ticket prices are the same, and include the same pre-concert activities.