WORLD PREMIERE of Izzy Gizmo concert for children
Music in the Round presents the world premiere and national tour of
A brand-new storybook concert for children aged 3 – 7 years
Best-selling children's book, Izzy Gizmo, by Pip Jones and Sara Ogilvie, tells the enchanting story of an intrepid young inventor who puts her talents to work to rescue a crow that can’t fly. This brand-new family concert brings Izzy's mechanical marvels and infectious creative spirit to life! Featuring original music including pots, pans, whistles and household items as well as orchestral instruments together with story-telling and visuals from the book, this concert is a great introduction to music for children. It's full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in.
Commissioned by Sheffield-based Music in the Round, the concert features music by Paul Rissmann, Music in the Round’s award-winning Composer-in-Residence, with illustrations from the book animated especially for the concert by Vic Craven. Children and their grown-ups are encouraged to participate in the concert by joining in with songs and actions taught by presenter Polly Ives at the beginning of the show.
Author Pip Jones said:
“It's really an incredible feeling to know that the books I made together with illustrator Sara Ogilvie, all about my fierce little inventor Izzy Gizmo, her Grandpa, and Fixer the crow, have inspired this amazing project, which will reach so many children. I can't wait to hear the music and see a fresh interpretation of their story.”
The children’s concert will be given its world premiere in Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre on Thursday 21 October 2021 to an audience of 500+ primary school children from across the city. Music will be performed by Music in the Round’s resident musicians, Ensemble 360, with narration by the award-winning children’s music presenter Polly Ives.
Performances for schools and early years settings:
Family concerts, open to the public:
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Tickets for the family concerts at the Crucible Theatre cost £11 / £8 Disabled & Unemployed / £6 Under 16s and will be available from Wednesday 1 September 2021 at www.musicintheround.co.uk or by calling Sheffield Theatres’ box office on 0114 249 6000.
The concert will go on to tour venues around the country including:
The Civic, Barnsley (in partnership with Off the Shelf Festival) - Tuesday 26 October 2021
Wigmore Hall, London - Saturday 30 October 2021
Portsmouth Guildhall – Monday 31 January 2022
Royal Spa Centre, Leamington (in partnership with Leamington Music) - Sunday 6 February 2022
The Stables, Milton Keynes - Thursday 17 March 2022
Cast, Doncaster - Saturday 16 April 2022
The Broadway, Barking - Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June 2022
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon – date TBA
Previous children’s concerts that have been specially commissioned by Music in the Round have gone on to be performed by orchestras and ensembles internationally, including as far afield as Australia, reaching thousands of children worldwide each year.