Bach to Baby, the classical concerts for babies, bring shows to Folkestone
PUBLISHED: 13:16 31 March 2017
This is the first year the show will play in Folkestone, but it has previoulsy played in north Kent
Bach to Baby, the classical concert series for babies, children and parents, is embarking on it’s third year in Kent starting in May.
Having visited Canterbury, Dartford, Whitstable, Rochester, Whitstable, and Sevenoaks over the last two years, Bach to Baby will mark the start of a new year with yet another area, as concerts start in Folkestone on May 27.
Bach to Baby believes children can enjoy exceptional live classical music from their very earliest moments. Indeed, the first two years of Bach to Baby Kent has seen performances by every single instrument of the orchestra, plus the accordion, recorder, sackbut, shawm and guitar amongst others, giving Kent’s babies and kids a unique up-close exposure to a vast array of sounds and the world of classical music.
Kent families can enjoy performances by musicians from the UK’s concert stages with the summer season seeing performances by the LPO’s principal trumpet, Paul Beniston, voice, bassoon and accordion.
Rochester-based bassoonist and mum of two young boys and a 10 month old girl, Alexandra Callanan, who runs Bach to Baby in Kent, is thrilled with it’s success so far and particularly enjoys the annual concert at Canterbury Cathedral which brings the audiences from all over the County, together for a special Christmas concert.
Alex has performed with many of Britain’s best orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony and Welsh National Opera. As part of The Thorne Trio, Alex is heard up and down the country in recital and education workshops.
Alex said: “Music plays an important role in the development of children’s imagination, memory, cognitive skills and musicality. So I believe quality live music should be available to all, including the babies and young children of North Kent.”
Miaomiao Yu, an award-winning pianist and professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of music and drama, founded Bach to Baby in 2011 after becoming frustrated at not being able to take her children to the sort of quality classical concerts that she enjoyed as a professional musician.
Bach to Baby now presents monthly concerts in 45 venues across London, north Kent, Surrey, Thames Valley, West Essex, with special events at Buckingham Palace amongst others.
“It’s about Mozart and Bach, feeding and crying, and dancing to music - all of it. We haven’t made it through a concert without at least one nappy change. That’s the way it should be.” Miaomiao said.
For more information on tickets and venues, visit www.bachtobaby.com/kent