Category Archives: Crash Bang Wallop!

7 Crafty Garden Activities for Kids

We’re getting in the mood for our Secrets of the Garden family concert next week! Whether it’s paper plate bugs or spider headbands there’s loads of fun crafts to bring the creepy crawlie world of the undergrowth to life…

Paper plate bugs from Vintage Umbrella

Make ladybirds, spiders and bees – simple and a chance to get really creative!


2 Spider finger puppets from Lalymom

A great way to make a toy that lasts long after craft time is over.


 3 Paper plate garden from Happy Hooligans

We love this one because it’s so messy, creative and fun!


4 Egg carton daffodils from Mr Printables

Egg cartons are a gift for crafting – and can be transformed into beautiful flowers.


5 Buzzy bee headbands from The Little Crafty Bugs Company

Another one that is fun to play with long after, these headbands are fab!


6 Clothespeg dragonflies from Crafty Morning

Googley eyes, pipe cleaners and clothes pegs – this one’s great as you can use these for all sorts of things later on, from decorating the garden to a cheeky bookmark!



7 Tissue paper ladybirds from I Heart Crafty Things

A great way to use up any scrap tissue paper!


We’ll be running crafts and activities before our concert on 18 June – definitely feeling really inspired now!


Ruth Rosales: Secrets of the Garden

As we prepare for our Crash Bang Wallop! Secrets of the Garden family concert on 18 June, we caught up with CLS animateur Ruth Rosales.

Ruth has also been leading workshops with CLS musicians for Key Stage 1 children in Tower Hamlets around the theme of Secrets of the Garden – writing songs to perform with the Orchestra in June.

What is an animateur?

An animateur is someone who helps people to appreciate music in new ways; so it could be someone who does workshops and projects, or someone who introduces pieces in a concert. For me, an animateur is someone who bridges the gap between the orchestra and the audience.

What’s the best part of working on a project like Secrets of the Garden?

I love working on projects that require imagination, both from me and the children. Some of the creative comments and responses that I get in workshops are simply fantastic.  It’s so exciting to see the project develop and where it ends up, as it can change from the initial idea to something completely different.

It’s also amazing to see the children singing all together enthusiastically and being excited about orchestras and the instruments.

How do you come up with the ideas for a concert?

I like the projects to have an educational message for the children; Secrets of the Garden is focusing on bees and how important they are for the environment.

You always wear amazing costumes – how important is costume to you to make your stories come alive?

I have presented concerts without costume before, but what I particularly love about wearing costumes is that it helps a character to develop and a story to be told. I think by asking the children to make costumes or props, it also helps them to feel more involved.

Why do you think music is so important to children as they grow and learn?

There is so much pressure on children today to be doing tests and exams and fewer chances for them to be creative and to just have fun. Music provides an opportunity for creativity.

There are also countless studies that show music helps social and emotional development and communication skills. Music is a huge part of my life and I love sharing something that’s been so instrumental to me.

Crash Bang Wallop! Secrets of the Garden is on 18 June at Cadogan Hall – free activities from 10am, concert 11am-12pm. Book now.

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.

Crash Bang Wallop.
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.

Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Our next Crash Bang Wallop! concert on 12 December features music written by two famous Mozarts – Wolfgang Amadeus and his father Leopold. Here’s a quick guide to this fantastic father and son!


Leopold Mozart

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You can listen to more of the music we’ll be performing in the concert here.

Crash Bang Wallop! Let it Snow
Saturday 12 December 2015, 11am
Pre-concert activities from 10am
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DJ
Adults £10, Children £8, Family £30 (for 4 tickets)
Box Office / 020 7730 4500

Prokofiev’s Troika

We’ll be performing the ‘Troika’ from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite at Crash Bang Wallop! on 12 December. To prepare, we’ve taken a look at the story behind the music…

Sergei Prokofiev was one of Russia’s best-known composers of the twentieth century. Prokofiev began composing when he was just five years old and by the time he was nine, he had already written his first opera, The Giant. As a young composer, he achieved great success, not only at home in Russia, but also across Europe and beyond.

In 1933, Prokofiev was commissioned to write music for a film about an imaginary soldier, Lieutenant Kijé. The film was based on an old (and possibly true) story of mistaken paperwork in the Russian army. This led to a soldier who never existed being promoted to Lieutenant and then General, commanding an army, marrying a princess, being summoned to meet the Tsar, and finally ‘killed’, so the Tsar wouldn’t find out the truth.

The movement we will perform, ‘Troika’, describes a ride in a traditional Russian sleigh. This type of sleigh was known as a Troika, which in Russian means triple or three, because it was pulled by three horses. With all the sleigh bells, Prokofiev makes it easy to imagine charging through the snowy Russian countryside!

You can listen to more of the music we’ll be performing in the concert here.

Crash Bang Wallop! Let it Snow
Saturday 12 December 2015, 11am
Pre-concert activities from 10am
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DJ
Adults £10, Children £8, Family £30 (for 4 tickets)
Box Office / 020 7730 4500

Crash Bang Wallop! Let it Snow

Our popular family concert series, Crash Bang Wallop! returns with a seasonal special on 12 December. Join our wonderful Orchestra and animateur Claire as they work together to bring snowy weather to Cadogan Hall with lots of festive favourites and sing-a-long carols. 

Take a look at our playlist which features music from the concert, including music for a sleigh ride from father and son, Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart…


Crash Bang Wallop! Let it Snow
Saturday 12 December 2015, 11am
Pre-concert activities from 10am
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DJ
Adults £10, Children £8, Family £30 (for 4 tickets)
Box Office / 020 7730 4500

Crash Bang Wallop! After The Musical Party

We all had a wonderful time celebrating with our marvellous animateur Claire at Crash Bang Wallop! The Musical Party. Luckily, we were joined by our friend James Berry, who took these wonderful pictures of the concert (and the pre-concert creative activities) for us to remember the special day. Take a look at all the fun we had…

Join us on 12 December for our next Crash Bang Wallop! concert, Let it Snow. Help Claire and the musicians to bring the winter weather to Cadogan Hall with lots of sing-along carols, festive favourites and more.

Crash Bang Wallop! Let it Snow
Saturday 12 December 2015, 11am
Pre-concert activities from 10am
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DJ
Adults £10, Children £8, Family £30 (for 4 tickets)
Box Office / 020 7730 4500

Crash Bang Wallop! The Musical Party

We return to Cadogan Hall on 31 October for our Crash Bang Wallop! family concert, The Musical Party, and it’s certainly got us in the party mood! To celebrate, we’ve put together a playlist of the pieces we’ll be performing, so you can have a little listen before the concert…

So don your favourite party outfit and join us on Saturday 31 October for a fun-filled musical celebration. The concert starts at 11am, but why not come along for some great pre-concert creative activities from 10am? Meet the musicians, try your hand at the conductor’s baton, visit the Percussion Zoo, and make lots of fun crafts.

We look forward to welcoming you to our party!

Crash Bang Wallop! The Musical Party
Saturday 31 October 2015, 11am
Pre-concert activities from 10am
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DJ
Adults £10, Children £8, Family £30 (for 4 tickets)
Box Office / 020 7730 4500

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – A Kids Guide

In advance of our upcoming Crash Bang Wallop! family concert all about the weather and featuring Vivaldi’s glorious Four Seasons, we created a quick go-to guide to use to introduce your little ones to the music aside our Spotify playlist.

A kids guide to vivaldi's four seasons


Spring (‘La Primavera’): Tracks 1 – 3
Summer (‘L’Estate’): Tracks 4-6
Autumn (‘L’Autumno’): Tracks 7-9
Winter (L’Inverno): Tracks 10-12


We perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in our next Crash Bang Wallop family concert, Wacky Weather on Saturday 14 March 2015, 12 noon at Cadogan Hall, London.

Crash Bang Wallop! Wacky Weather
Saturday 14 March 2015, 12 noon with pre-concert activities from 11am
Cadogan Hall, London
Tickets £10 (adults), £8 (children) or £30 (family of 4) available from Cadogan Hall Box Office or via phone on 020 7730 4500.

Crash Bang Wallop! Christmas Star: Pre-concert Listening!

In preparation for our family concert this Saturday, Crash Bang Wallop! Christmas Star we’ve prepared a fun festive playlist to give you a taste of the kinds of things we’ll be playing. Starring special guest Dame Felicity Lott (who, by the way, is appearing on Classic FM’s live webchat at 11am today!), there is plenty of fun festive tunes as well as carols to sing a long to!