Orchestras Live working on Lullaby Concerts in Suffolk
During Half Term in October 2010 a series of ‘Lullaby Concerts’ will be held across Suffolk. These will be given by City of London Sinfonia (CLS), one of the country’s most famous chamber orchestras, and presented by specialist musician Claire Bloor. The concerts are being made possible thanks to a county-wide partnership led by Orchestras Live.
At venues in Sudbury, Debenham, Halesworth and Bury St Edmunds, the Lullaby Concerts will introduce children aged under five and their parents and carers to live orchestral music in a fun, enchanting and accessible way. Each concert will include a mixture of short orchestral pieces and nursery rhymes, and there will be lots of singing and other participation for the audiences. The orchestral pieces and presentation will be based on the theme of animals, and audiences will be encouraged to dress up in this vein. One piece will feature local young instrumentalists taking the stage to perform alongside the CLS.
Prior to the concerts, a series of workshops will be held at nursery settings in each area, led by Claire Bloor and CLS musicians. These sessions will enable hundreds of children, nursery staff and parents to hear live music in their own settings and meet musicians who will be in the subsequent Lullaby Concerts.
A separate training day is also being held for childminders and nursery practitioners, helping them to gain ideas and techniques for using music as a means of learning and communication with young children, and is linked to the County Council’s ‘Every Child a Talker’ programme.
The entire project is being produced through a partnership between Babergh District Council, Forest Heath District Council, Mid Suffolk District Council, St Edmundsbury District Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Suffolk Early Years & Childcare Service, Suffolk County Music Service and Orchestras Live.
Henry Little, Chief Executive of Orchestras Live, said: “We are delighted to be working with a large consortium of our partners in Suffolk to achieve this ambitious and exciting project. It is well known that music can have a very positive effect on the learning and development of young children, and we anticipate the interactive experience of live orchestral music of the highest quality at eight concerts and numerous workshops will bring joy and inspiration to many young people as well as adults across the county.”
The concerts are taking place in four locations on four days across the county. There are two performances to choose from each day, and the performance lasts for 60 minutes.