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Music appreciation - enjoy music in London with your children

We very much believe that having children doesn't have to mean the end of your cultural life and we also believe that you can never start introducing your children to good music too young. Luckily, we've found a few places where you can enjoy good music with your children. 

Our first recommendation is fantastic Camden venue The Forge. We visited last weekend (pictured above) where every fortnight they have music sessions for 1-4s and 5-8s  We went along to the younger children's session and really enjoyed it. The children got to have a go on a number of instruments and to hear some good music played by good musicians. As well as this, The Forge itself is a really great venue as it is light and big and serves really delicious food so you can stay for a nice brunch afterwards. A lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. What we particularly liked is that the children weren't patronised at all by the excellent teachers and were able to try out the instruments and learn about rhythm in a very informal and fun way. Highly recommended.

The excellent Classical Babies hold concerts in Primrose Hill every fortnight. See the website for more details. 

Classics With My Baby have just started holding concerts in Hampstead Garden Suburb (monthly, Thursdays) and Hampstead (monthly, Tuesdays) and Islington (monthly, Tuesdays)

London Symphony Orchestra has a series of family concerts. Before the concert they have a workshop session and there is also a creche for younger siblings. Sounds fantastic. The next one is 18th March for 7-12 year olds and is called The Dream, The Witch and The Waltz.

a mini maestro in action
London Musical Arts Orchestra has monthly family Mini Maestro concerts where children from 4-12 can have lots of hands-on fun with live music: sitting in the orchestra, conducting, beating the drums and clapping and singing along.There are specially adapted games of ‘hide and seek’, ‘musical chairs’ and a chance to hear the instruments close-up, as friendly musicians go ‘walkabout’ in the audience.Crayons and paper are provided and the children’s own pictures and stories can be entered in one of our competitions. The next concert is 24th March.

City of London Sinfonia has regular Crash, Bang, Wallop! family concerts at Cadogan Hall, London. These concerts are designed to appeal to kids (3-8) and are an easy introduction to the Orchestra and classical music with plenty of audience participation and interaction. Prior to each concert there are musical and craft activities related to the theme of the concert such as conducting a live string quartet, or taking part in percussion workshops. The next concert is 24th March and is The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Do you know of any other good venues for enjoying music with your children? Perhaps another genre except classical? Do let us know.

Classical Babies 2 March 2012 at 11:43 said...

Thank you so much for the listing! Just a small amendment - Classical Babies is weekly on a Wednesday in Belsize Park and only monthly in Primrose Hill and at the O2 Centre Finchley Road. New website online soon - Thankyou!!

Anonymous 2 March 2012 at 11:49 said...

Thanks. We will change it for you! x

Anna 2 March 2012 at 13:09 said...

Barnet council run three music centres across the borough. They have a course for nursery age children - Young Music Makers - which my 4 year old daughter attends and loves. It introduces children to various instruments, and the basics of reading music. See here - http://www.barnet.gov.uk/index/education-learning/extra-curricular-activities/music-service.htm
scroll down to Music Centres. We attend the Finchley one at Moss Hall school on a Saturday morning.
It's great (so rare that I say anything positive about Barnet council!)

Classics with my Baby 5 March 2012 at 19:26 said...

How wonderful to see all the interest in Classical Music! Thanks for mentioning our concerts up north. Established in South East London, we are now in 10 locations across London. It has attracted national and international attention, and has been featured in the Independent, Time Out, the Telegraph's What's On in London, and many others.

Check out recent rave reviews from
* Gramophone Magazine (leading international classical music magazine) http://www.gramophone.co.uk/blog/the-gramophone-blog/concerts-for-babies
* The Notebook Magazine http://www.thenotebookmagazine.com/index.php/2012/02/chelsea-mummy-music-maestros/

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