I have just come home from a concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the music still ringing in my ears. As I sat back in my seat and absorbed the magic I felt all tension and distractions wash away as the instruments merged together and became an organic body, capable of provoking emotions and soothing nerves.
As I listened and surveyed the half empty concert hall, it occurred to me that this experience might be a privilege that won’t be available for future generations to enjoy. So it is vital to go and see and support live concerts now before it is too late.
Introducing Orchestral Music: start with lively & accessible pieces
The programme of tonight’s concert was ‘Hollywood Blockbusters’ – a perfect introduction to orchestral music with lively and accessible famous film themes. What better way to enthuse and inspire a child? Such a wonderfully rich experience, and one that might just spark a desire to learn an instrument themselves.
We are all well aware of the numerous benefits of music for young childrens’ development, but unfortunately with the rising cost of tickets it is an expensive treat that many families simply cannot afford. We found ourselves wondering why venues don’t sell off last minute tickets at a special rate for families, as the existing concessions are often still prohibitively expensive. Surely it would be better for the concert to be full and the legacy of this wonderful music be passed on to the next generation?
Live orchestral music on a budget?
If your budget doesn’t allow for such luxuries there is a much cheaper option that is just as inspiring. Most areas have a junior orchestra and while the standard is obviously not professional, it is wonderful to see kids making music together. Younger children will be terribly impressed to see older kids playing their instruments. It is well worth going along to support their concerts, and it won’t break the bank.
In the absence of the real thing, try to record classical concerts whenever they are shown on television, and build up a small collection. They are lovely to put on as an inspirational backing for arts and crafts activities or imaginative play. Small children will be very interesting in all of the different instruments and learn all of their names and how they sound.
Orchestral music: where to start.
If you’re not sure where to start simply listening to some popular tracks is a great place to begin. Take a look at our top 14 classical tracks for kids for some more ideas and suggestions.
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