Like a trip to the zoo, Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns is fun for all ages. Saint-Saëns creates the character of the animals in a whimsical series of musical vignettes, from the lumbering elephant to the hippity-hoppity kangaroos and the graceful swan. A great way to introduce children to classical music.
Children may like to get into the mood and prepare and wear masks to the concert. Have a look at these mask templates for ideas. Small prizes for the best masks!
Families may also like to get to know the poems that Ogden Nash wrote for the piece.
John Ashton Thomas will conduct the PSJ Festival Orchestra with a guest narrator. John is a versatile musician who is also a composer and teacher. Accompanying the orchestra will be Pavel Ralev, Bulgarian classical guitarist and teacher who will perform in Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre (Fantasia for a Gentleman). This guitar concerto is a good piece for children. It has a lot of interest, with the melodies passing back and forth between solo guitar and orchestra.
There are four movements with short repeated phrases that children can recognise and some exciting and energetic dance beats. Grandparents in the audience may know the final movement as a cover by Emerson, Lake and Palmer in the late 70s!
All children must be accompanied by an adult. The concert will be held at The Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG.
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