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Wondering how to get children interested in classical music?

Posted on 17 January 2017

Wondering how to get children interested in classical music? Sage Gateshead’s Classics 4 Kids concerts are a great place to start.

For parents wondering how they can get their kids started in classical music, Sage Gateshead’s Classics 4 Kids concerts are a great place to start.
New for the 2016/17 Classical Season, these 45-minute long concerts feature fantastic repertoire adapted from Royal Northern Sinfonia’s main series of concerts, and introduce it to children in a fun and accessible way.

Taking place on Saturday afternoons in Sage One, the concerts provide a unique opportunity for youngsters to hear shorter, bite-sized sections of classical music in the right environment for them – and the grown-ups will love it too!

Next up in the series is Classics 4 Kids with Julian, which will be lead by RNS Principal Guest Conductor Julian Rachlin, on Saturday 11 February at 2pm, and introduces children to extracts from two of Beethoven’s famous works: Violin Concerto and Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’.

Speaking ahead of the concert, Helen Blythe, Classical Music Producer at Sage Gateshead said: “The Classics 4 Kids concerts are a fantastic way to engage your children in listening to and enjoying classical music. Following the first of the series back in October we’ve listened to the feedback we received and worked really hard to make sure the concerts are as accessible as possible for children aged 5+.

“Our aim is for the concerts to be fun and informative, presenting classical music in an environment which is appropriate for children. Rather than performing works which are written specifically for children, we’re offering the ‘real deal’ – Main Series Royal Northern Sinfonia repertoire – but we’re making it more accessible.

“We do this by weaving stories, games and interaction throughout the 45minute-long concerts and presenting the music in bite-sized chunks, guiding our audience with things to listen out for and helping them to understand how it works – and hopefully have lots of fun too!”

Classics 4 Kids with Thomas on Saturday 22 April will conclude this season’s concerts for children – but keep an eye out for more dates for the diary soon.

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