Family Music Day 2010

On Saturday 30th October approximately 120 families attended Britten Sinfonia’s Halloween themed Family Music Day. Children (and some of the keener parents!) had the chance to get involved in musical activities including instrumental workshops coached by our musicians, percussion, instrument making, singing and gamelan. The sessions all came together in a lunchtime concert for family and friends where the children played and sang pieces they had learnt in the morning’s workshops alongside members of Britten Sinfonia. We also ran a Come and Try session in the afternoon where children could have a go at trying a range of musical instruments which they had never played before, with help from Britten Sinfonia musicians and student helpers.

Here is a selection of our favourite photos and comments from the day.

“I thought the workshops were brilliant and the lunchtime concert fantastic for the children.”

“It is very difficult to make an event which requires a great deal of organisation appear very relaxed and this was done extremely well.”

“All the staff were friendly and enthusiastic at all times and we can’t wait until next year!”

“Can’t fault the day. We are very lucky indeed to have experienced this, and I’m poised to book for the next one.”

“My children both loved the day – the ‘come and try’ is such a fantastic opportunity and the enthusiasm from the musicians was infectious.”

“Loved it – will definitely come next year! Please do more of these kinds of activities as it’s not easy finding this sort of thing for younger children”

“Looking forward to next year’s family music day.”

“We went away talking about coming again next year!”

“The day was brilliant”

“Lovely atmosphere, enthusiastic and friendly staff.”

“It was all fantastic, but in particular, the opportunity for the children to perform in a concert hall with the professional musicians was amazing. Great encouragement for those already involved in music making, and a wonderful introduction for those who are not (yet).”

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Benjamin Grosvenor directs

Milton Court Concert Hall (Barbican), London
01 May 2016 7:30pm

Benjamin Grosvenor makes his Britten Sinfonia debut, directing from the keyboard Mozart’s last Piano Concerto No.27 K595.

Tour of China - Britten's Phaedra

Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai
06 May 2016 7:30pm

The first concert in our tour of China featuring Allison Cook and Mahan Esfahani

Tour of China - Serenade for tenor, horn and strings

Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai
07 May 2016 7:30pm

The second concert in our tour of China featuring Britten's Serenada for tenor, horn and strings.

Tour of China - Les illuminations

Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai
08 May 2016 7:30pm

the third programme in our tour of China featuring Britten's Les Illuminations

Tour of China - Britten's Phaedra

Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, Wuhan
10 May 2016 7:30pm

The first concert in our tour of China featuring Allison Cook and Mahan Esfahani

The Dark Mirror: Zender's Winterreise

Barbican Theatre, London
12 May 2016 7:45pm

Ian Bostridge stars in a gripping theatrical version of Schubert's Winterreise in which composer Hans Zender’s iconoclastic orchestral re-imagining of the original is staged by acclaimed opera director and video artist Netia Jones.

The Dark Mirror: Zender's Winterreise

Barbican Theatre, London
13 May 2016 7:45pm

Ian Bostridge stars in a gripping theatrical version of Schubert's Winterreise in which composer Hans Zender’s iconoclastic orchestral re-imagining of the original is staged by acclaimed opera director and video artist Netia Jones.

The Dark Mirror: Zender's Winterreise

Barbican Theatre, London
14 May 2016 7:45pm

Ian Bostridge stars in a gripping theatrical version of Schubert's Winterreise in which composer Hans Zender’s iconoclastic orchestral re-imagining of the original is staged by acclaimed opera director and video artist Netia Jones.

Alice Coote & Mahan Esfahani

Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
15 May 2016 3:00pm

Mezzo soprano Alice Coote joins Britten Sinfonia for a performance of Britten's last great masterpiece, Phaedra.

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