Crash Bang Wallop! Frequently Asked Questions

With our next Crash Bang Wallop! concert just round the corner, we thought now would be a great time to answer some of your frequently asked questions about our special family concerts!

What age range are Crash Bang Wallop! concerts aimed at?

Crash Bang Wallop! events are most appropriate for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old.

How long are the concerts?

Each concert lasts for one hour with no interval. There are always pre-concert creative activities for an hour beforehand too.

What should we wear?

Feel free to wear whatever you like, there is no dress code! For some of our concerts though, we encourage the children to come in fancy dress. Please look at the specific event page on our website to see if the event you’re attending has fancy dress.

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Cadogan Hall, Saturday 31 October 2015. © James Berry

When should we arrive?

Our concerts start at 11am and we encourage audience members to get to Cadogan Hall within plenty of time to find their seats. We also offer pre-concert activities, starting at 10am.

Can we go in and out of the hall during the concert?

Yes, you may leave the hall if necessary during the concert, however, as this may disrupt others, we encourage our audience to remain in the concert hall for the full duration if possible.

Do we need to know anything about classical music to enjoy the concert?

Not at all! Crash Bang Wallop! concerts are all about introducing the orchestra in a fun and interesting way for all so no prior knowledge is necessary for children or adults.

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How can we find out about future Crash Bang Wallop! events?

Find out more about us and our upcoming events on our website. You can also sign up to our mailing list.

We can’t attend both the creative activities and the concert. Does this matter?

Not at all! Attending both is not compulsory!

I want to go to a Crash Bang Wallop! concert but live outside of London. Are there any opportunities to go to a concert outside of London?

At present, Crash Bang Wallop! is resident at Cadogan Hall in London. However, we run workshops and events for children in the Home Counties and East Anglia too. Sign up to our mailing list in order to find out priority information on these.

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Cadogan Hall, Saturday 31 October 2015. © James Berry

After attending Crash Bang Wallop! my child wants to learn a musical instrument. Where can we find a reliable teacher?

The London music conservatories all have Junior departments and both Trinity College of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama have beginner string programmes which start at age 3- 5. For quality local teachers, contact your borough council or local authority music service. They can usually put you in touch with music teachers on their books or point you toward local Saturday music schools. Also most primary and secondary schools have some form of private or group music tuition delivered by peripatetic music teachers.

When is a good time for my child to start learning a musical instrument?

This depends on what instrument. Your child must be physically capable of holding and playing the instrument (many wind and brass instruments require a lot of lung power that young children do not yet have) and able to concentrate through the lesson and practice sessions. Some children start on the violin or piano when they are as young as 3 years old and later move on to another instrument. Many music teachers start accepting pupils at age 5, but it is often dependent on the individual child. Often brass and wind instruments aren’t taught until children are 10 or 11 years old.

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