Created and developed by Orchestras Live, City of London Sinfonia and partners from Essex and Suffolk since 2009, Lullaby Concerts has reached more than 9,000 young children, parents/carers and Early Years practitioners in some especially disadvantaged rural and coastal parts of the east of England over the last nine years.
Lullaby aims to bring inspirational first experiences of live orchestral music to young children whilst developing skills of Early Years practitioners and parents to encourage continued use of music as a means of learning and play.
“What a fantastic way to introduce young children to music, the instruments and vocabulary – amazing!” Audience member, Rayleigh
“We are still talking about it almost a week later. It really inspired my little boy to listen to music and tell us what it makes him think of.”
Audience feedback, online survey
“I really enjoyed the experience, getting the opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians gave a tremendous insight into what being a musician entails.”
“Orchestras Live leads the way nationally in inclusive and accessible approaches to orchestral music.” Charly Richardson, Essex Music Services
We are delighted to be celebrating a very special tenth anniversary year of the Lullaby Concerts with our latest tour – The Musical Puzzle.
The young children will be at the heart of a musical puzzle, joined by musicians from City of London Sinfonia in an exploration of shapes, puzzles and music. Presenter Claire Henry works as a team with the children to complete challenges and celebrate the success of their music quest.
Last year’s Lullaby concerts took on a space theme with ‘Mission to Launch’ and were more successful than ever. 12 Lullaby concerts were performed in 6 areas over 6 days, attended by 1,180 children and adults. The concerts were preceded by 19 taster workshops held at 11 nursery and community settings in 5 districts, and 6 local young musicians took a starring role during the concerts, performing alongside the professional musicians. All concerts were BSL-interpreted for the first time, and Deaf flautist Ruth Montgomery joined the artistic team as Assistant Music Leader alongside presenter Claire Henry.
“I felt honoured and proud to be involved…..with Orchestras Live I felt I was out in the public, promoting a positive message on diversity.” Ruth Montgomery, Assistant Music Leader
The 2017 Lullaby concerts were shortlisted for the ‘Excellence in Primary/Early Years Award’ in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.
Find out more about the Mission to Launch Lullaby concerts and read the evaluation here.
Follow the links below to view photos, feedback and evaluation reports from previous years of Lullaby concerts.