Ever been to a musical concert where the audience is positively encouraged to hum, sing along, get groovy with their best dance moves, or even touch and learn about the instruments?
Well, during the Little Birdsong concerts created by Shepherds Bush-based Music House for Children that’s exactly the idea.
Babies and children can immerse themselves in an interactive musical experience, with musicians playing instruments ranging from trumpet and violin, to piano and saxophone – and encouraging the tots to respond freely to the sounds.
Music House for Children founder Emma Hutchinson – a specialist in early childhood music - explained the concept had been devised because of a “lack of live musical experiences available without formal audience constraints”.
The next Little Birdsong concert is being held at 10.30am on 7 June at the spacious Bush Hall venue in Uxbridge Road, and Hutchinson added: “Our audiences sing, hum, move, wiggle, or simply reflect on what they hear and see.”
Babies from as young as three months can attend the concerts, which are usually held twice each school term, and join children aged up to three to explore new sounds and instruments during the hour-long session.
“The enchantment of live music means that our professional musicians have to be up to scratch too,” pointed out Hutchinson.
“We provide training to ensure that they are comfortable with their moving, vocal audience, and our musicians perform everything from Mozart to Bizet, Handel and back again through improvisation on a range of delightful styles including folk, rock ’n roll and others.”
For more information visit the Music House for Children website.