Our next school trip is on Saturday the 9th of April to see John Landor’s Mini Maestro Family Concert. St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. 16.30 – 17.30.
Introduce your children to classical musicby Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven and more with Mini Maestro Family Concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, with conductor John Landor and the London Musical Arts Orchestra.
These are family friendly and incredibly interactive events, best suited to children aged 4 to 12, where everyone can listen to live music, learn and join in the fun and games. Go on a musical treasure hunt, take a quiz, enjoy a ride on our orchestra side-car or play musical chairs. You might even get to conduct the orchestra!
They provide paper and crayons so the kids can submit drawings and stories inspired by the music for their regular competitions.
The concerts are run by the London Musical Arts Orchestra, under the baton of John Landor. The concerts run for 45 minutes on a weekend afternoon and are aimed at introducing young children to orchestral music and showing them different instruments and the sounds they make.
Each concert focuses on one or two pieces – last time we went, it was the first movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and also his Ode to Joy. The conductor had written some simple English words to the Ode to Joy (“…running, jumping, hearing a story, chasing a squirrel in the park….”) and all the children were encouraged to stand up and sing along at the relevant bits.
When it got to Beethoven’s Fifth we were encouraged to think of an angry toddler who has lost his favourite plaything. “I want my toy!” he shouts over and over again, faster and faster…. and we shouted and got grumpy along with the orchestra.
Some of the children got to come up and sit in the orchestra – one or two of them even got to conduct it. Then we heard the sounds of different instruments playing on their own before putting the parts together to make a whole.
Tickets cost £8, £6. Once we book as a group, we are entitled to a 25% discount so I will advise of the exact cost once everyone has confirmed numbers for attendance.
Details for February’s school trip to see Carnival of the Animals can be found here.