This summer has seen a real focus for CLS on work with young children. It’s an exciting part of Meet the Music as these projects reach not only the babies and toddlers, who are going through such an important developmental time in their lives, but an equal number of parents and carers, many of whom have never been to an orchestral concert or met a classical musician.
June saw the culmination of our new joint venture at Great Ormond Street Hospital, with students from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM). Our workshop leader Sam Glazer and musicians from CLS and RAM worked with children in the hospital over 4 workshop sessions, to develop material which was then recorded by the musicians at the RAM recording studio.
As part of our residency in High Wycombe, CLS musicians and presenter Claire Bloor visited four early years groups for workshops. Response to the project in Wycombe was overwhelmingly positive, with one parent commenting that the sessions had “renewed my love of the violin!!! “
In July, we visited The Meadow’s Children’s Centre in Harlow for the first time to deliver a series of workshops followed by two sold out concerts. Members of the Orchestra and presenter Claire Bloor introduced the young children to the world of music through the theme of Animals – the children were encouraged to dress as their favourite animal and made their own animal masks and fishing rods! Once again these concerts were extremely well received, with audience comments including: “The best thing I have ever been to!”
A CLS brass trio was also part of a Family Day which took place at Snape Maltings – part of CLS’s growing relationship with local authorities in Suffolk. We’re already getting hugely excited about our return to Suffolk and a week of Lullaby Concerts in October, which this time will feature all things magical.