Tag Archives: Summer

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!


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.

OHP Behind the Scenes: Concert Management

With only a few final performances to go, Opera Holland Park is nearly over for another year and so our Concert Management team must move on to new (probably indoor and peacock-lacking) endeavours. But what exactly did they see and do during their time there?

As part of our OHP Behind the Scenes blog series, we thought we’d delve a little deeper into the kinds of things they got up to, and here’s the evidence:


Despite its resemblance to a tombola machine, this is in fact the wind machine for La Fanciulla del West. (We were asked at least twice per performance what it was!)


At the Amadeus Centre with conductor Steuart Bedford (no, the horn player at the back is not asleep, just stretching his legs!)


Glyn Matthews setting up the tubular bells ready for the performance of  Turn of the Screw


Watching a vertically-challenged Minute Maestro conduct the Orchestra at the Opera Holland Park Family Open Day.


Pumping up the harp trolley’s flat tyres. Luckily, most of our French Horn players are keen cyclists, and Chris Newport had a bike pump handy, making the job a lot easier.


Weekly trips to Tesco to buy tea-making ingredients and plenty of biscuits for hungry musicians…


Marking string bowings backstage!


Is it a tuba? A trombone? No, this is Stephen Wick playing a cimbasso in rehearsal ready for Bellini’s Norma!


Sharing is caring for CLS & OHP behind the scenes! One of the musicians brought in some aubergine plants – needless to say, they were taken up very quickly!