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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TAKE TWO : Louis Andriessen in Focus One

Barbican Hall, London
09 February 2016 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia’s TAKE TWO double-bill presents a compelling portrait, placing Andriessen’s distinctive output in the context of his musical influences, including Stravinsky, Bach, jazz, and minimalist contemporaries.

TAKE TWO : Louis Andriessen in Focus Two

Milton Court Concert Hall (Barbican), London
13 February 2016 3:00pm

This dance infused programme explores Andriessen’s admiration for Stravinsky, with whom he shares an acute ear for colour and clarity of expression, the influence of Bach and his life-long love of jazz.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch Three 2015-16

St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
19 February 2016 1:00pm

A lunchtime concert with works by Debussy and Bjarnason offering a rich exploration of colour and harmonies.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch Three 2015-16

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
23 February 2016 1:00pm

A lunchtime concert with works by Debussy and Bjarnason offering a rich exploration of colour and harmonies.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch Three 2015-16

Wigmore Hall, London
24 February 2016 1:00pm

A lunchtime concert with works by Debussy and Bjarnason offering a rich exploration of colour and harmonies.

Debussy, Donatoni & Bjarnason

Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton
25 February 2016 8:00pm

An evening of chamber music at Turner Sims Concert Hall, featuring music by Debussy, Donatoni and a new work by Daníel Bjarnason.

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