CLOSE UP: MUSIC FOR CURIOUS YOUNG MINDS

Ensemble 360 & Aga Serugo-Lugo

Cast, Doncaster
Saturday 10 June 2023, 11.00am

Tickets:
£10
Under 26s £6

 

Past Event

A tour through the wondrous world of chamber music, specially created for young audiences.

Combining some of the most well-known music ever written, as well as some new works from surprising places. This brand-new concert includes thrilling adventures through music, cheeky characters and epic heroes, along with mind-blowing musical games and the chance to join in and make music together.

Introduced by Aga Serugo-Lugo, this is a friendly hour of fun and the finest string quartet music.

Ideal for 7-11 year olds.

The concert includes extracts from:

SCHUBERT String Quartet in D Minor ‘Death And The Maiden’
STRAVINSKY Three Pieces
HAYDN Op.33 No.3 ‘Russian Quartet’
MOZART String Quartet In E Flat
WEIR String Quartet
MEREDITH Short Tribute to Teenage Fanclub
Arr. BURLEIGH Oh Lord, What a Morning
SUK  Meditation on an Old Czech Chorale
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 16 Op.135
DVOŘÁK String Quartet No.12 ‘American Quartet’

SCHUBERT String Quartet in D Minor (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

Hey Presto! We begin with a twitchy chase from Franz Schubert, which he told the string players should be played ‘presto’ meaning ‘very quick or very fast’. How does the sound change when each musician plays on their own? How do you feel when they all play the same tune together? This tense piece kicks off an exciting hour of music…

HAYDN Russian Quartet No.3 (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

Haydn was the composer who did most to first create a form of music for two violins, a viola and a cello: a group we know as a string quartet. This piece has the nickname ‘The Bird’ — can you hear why?

MOZART String Quartet In E Flat K428 (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This beautiful tune is almost like a lullaby and shows how gentle the sound of the strings can be. Listen to the way the first violin plays a tune and the other three instruments rock gently back and forth underneath, creating a warm blanket of sound. This is music to wrap up warm within. How does it make you feel?

WEIR String Quartet (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This string quartet was written by a composer who is making music today, the wonderful Judith Weir. A piece full of mysteries, inspired by a medieval Spanish tune. This quartet sounds like a strange landscape where it’s easy to get lost among these lopsided rhythms where nothing is quite as it seems…

SUK Josef, Meditation on an Old Czech Chorale (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This piece was written at the start of the first world war and is full of the drama and sadness of a scary time. But it ends full of hope with long notes seeming to climb into the air. Look and listen out for all the times the musicians play across the strings to make two or more notes sound at once — a technique called double stopping.

MEREDITH Anna, Short Tribute to Teenage Fanclub (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

Anna Meredith is another musician writing music today. She makes music for her band as well as for classical musicians, often mixing up instruments usually seen in an orchestra with rock and pop instruments. This piece combines the two and is a tribute to one of her favourite bands performed by string quartet who don’t use their bows at all but pluck their instruments in a technique called ‘pizzicato’.

BEETHOVEN ‘The Harp’ Quartet (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This beautiful quartet is known as ‘the harp’ because in the first part, all four musicians have sections where they pluck the strings their instruments rather than using the bow. Can you hear the difference?

BURLEIGH Henry Thacker, Oh Lord, What A Morning (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This is a traditional song created by enslaved Africans in America. The composer and singer Harry Burleigh was the grandchild of slaves who became a famous musician and helped share music by black people with the rest of the world. This simple song looks forward to a better time when injustices like slavery and racism will end. Perhaps you can hear both the sadness and the hope in this beautiful music.

STRAVINSKY Igor, Three Pieces for String Quartet (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This spiky, short piece of music was created in Russia at the same time Suk wrote the piece we heard earlier. Stravinsky uses the plucking technique we heard in the Meredith and Beethoven, as well clashing notes and unexpected changes in pulse and speed. Stravinsky keeps us guessing what he’ll do next!

DVOŘÁK ‘American’ String Quartet (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This piece brings our concert to a celebratory end, from Czech composer Anton Dvořák. Listen out for all the places it gets louder, or faster — or both! — or where the quartet hang back to build tension. This piece uses folk tunes from Czechoslovakia, where Dvořák was born and started writing, and includes a native American tune, and music from all the people like him who had travelled to live and work in the USA. Bringing these together, our concert ends with an explosion of joy!

IZZY GIZMO Family Concert

Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives

Stoller Hall, Manchester
Saturday 4 February 2023, 1.30pm

Tickets
£10 Adults
£5 Under 18s
£15 Family ticket

Past Event

with music and narration by Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives 

Izzy Gizmo is the enchanting story of an intrepid young inventor who puts her talents to work to rescue a crow that can’t fly. Based on Pip Jones’s best-selling children’s book with illustrations by Sara Ogilvie, this interactive family concert brings Izzy’s mechanical marvels and infectious creative spirit to life, with original music by Paul Rissman featuring pots, pans, whistles and household items, as well as orchestral instruments. A great introduction to live music for children from 3-7 years old, full of songs, actions and opportunities to join in.

SIR SCALLYWAG & THE GOLDEN UNDERPANTS

Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives

Cast, Doncaster
Saturday 22 April 2023, 11.00am
Past Event

When King Colin’s golden underpants go missing, it’s Sir Scallywag to the rescue! Brave and bold, courageous and true, he’s the perfect knight for the job… even if he is only six years old! 

Original music by our children’s Composer-in-Residence, Paul Rissmann, features instruments including strings, woodwind, and horn, presented together with story-telling and projected illustrations from the best-selling children’s book by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul.  

Performed by the wonderfully dynamic and hugely engaging Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives, this concert is a great introduction to live music for children. It’s full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in. 

SIR SCALLYWAG & THE GOLDEN UNDERPANTS Schools concert

Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives

The Guildhall, Portsmouth
Monday 30 January 2023, 1.30pm
Sold Out

When King Colin’s golden underpants go missing, it’s Sir Scallywag to the rescue! Brave and bold, courageous and true, he’s the perfect knight for the job… even if he is only six years old! 

Original music by our children’s Composer-in-Residence, Paul Rissmann, features instruments including strings, woodwind, and horn, presented together with story-telling and projected illustrations from the best-selling children’s book by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul.  

Performed by the wonderfully dynamic and hugely engaging Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives, this concert is a great introduction to live music for children. It’s full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in. 

FAMILY CONCERT: IZZY GIZMO

Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Saturday 13 May 2023, 11.00am

£12
£7 DLA, UC & PIP
£5 Under 16s 

Save £s when you book for 5 concerts or more at the same time 

Past Event

Back by popular demand, this delightful family concert for 3–7 year-olds, is based on the best-selling children’s book ‘Izzy Gizmo’, by Pip Jones and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.

The book tells the enchanting story of an intrepid young inventor who puts her talents to work to rescue a crow that can’t fly. This family concert brings Izzy’s mechanical marvels and infectious creative spirit to life! 

Original music by Paul Rissmann features instruments including strings, woodwind, horn and piano, and you might even spot the musicians playing pots, pans, whistles and household items! Together with story-telling and visuals from the book, this concert is a great introduction to live music for children. It’s full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in. 

CLOSE UP: MUSIC FOR CURIOUS YOUNG MINDS

Ensemble 360 & Aga Serugo-Lugo

Junction, Goole
Saturday 11 March 2023, 11.00am / 2.00pm
Past Event

A tour through the wondrous world of chamber music, specially created for young audiences, combining some of the most well-known music ever written as well as some new works from surprising places.

This brand-new concert includes thrilling adventures told through music, cheeky characters and epic heroes along with mind-blowing musical games and the chance to join in and make music together.

Introduced by Aga Serugo-Lugo, this is a friendly hour of fun and the finest string quartet music. Ideal for 7-11 year olds.

The concert includes extracts from:

SCHUBERT ‘Death And The Maiden’
HAYDN ‘The Bird’
MOZART String Quartet In E Flat
WEIR String Quartet
SUK  Meditation on an Old Czech Chorale
MEREDITH Short Tribute to Teenage Fanclub
BEETHOVEN ‘The Harp’
BURLEIGH Oh Lord, What a Morning
STRAVINSKY Pieces for String Quartet
DVOŘÁK ‘American Quartet’

SCHUBERT String Quartet in D Minor (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

Hey Presto! We begin with a twitchy chase from Franz Schubert, which he told the string players should be played ‘presto’ meaning ‘very quick or very fast’. How does the sound change when each musician plays on their own? How do you feel when they all play the same tune together? This tense piece kicks off an exciting hour of music…

HAYDN Russian Quartet No.3 (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

Haydn was the composer who did most to first create a form of music for two violins, a viola and a cello: a group we know as a string quartet. This piece has the nickname ‘The Bird’ — can you hear why?

MOZART String Quartet In E Flat K428 (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This beautiful tune is almost like a lullaby and shows how gentle the sound of the strings can be. Listen to the way the first violin plays a tune and the other three instruments rock gently back and forth underneath, creating a warm blanket of sound. This is music to wrap up warm within. How does it make you feel?

WEIR String Quartet (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This string quartet was written by a composer who is making music today, the wonderful Judith Weir. A piece full of mysteries, inspired by a medieval Spanish tune. This quartet sounds like a strange landscape where it’s easy to get lost among these lopsided rhythms where nothing is quite as it seems…

SUK Josef, Meditation on an Old Czech Chorale (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This piece was written at the start of the first world war and is full of the drama and sadness of a scary time. But it ends full of hope with long notes seeming to climb into the air. Look and listen out for all the times the musicians play across the strings to make two or more notes sound at once — a technique called double stopping.

MEREDITH Anna, Short Tribute to Teenage Fanclub (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

Anna Meredith is another musician writing music today. She makes music for her band as well as for classical musicians, often mixing up instruments usually seen in an orchestra with rock and pop instruments. This piece combines the two and is a tribute to one of her favourite bands performed by string quartet who don’t use their bows at all but pluck their instruments in a technique called ‘pizzicato’.

BURLEIGH Henry Thacker, Oh Lord, What A Morning (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This is a traditional song created by enslaved Africans in America. The composer and singer Harry Burleigh was the grandchild of slaves who became a famous musician and helped share music by black people with the rest of the world. This simple song looks forward to a better time when injustices like slavery and racism will end. Perhaps you can hear both the sadness and the hope in this beautiful music.

BEETHOVEN ‘The Harp’ Quartet (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This beautiful quartet is known as ‘the harp’ because in the first part, all four musicians have sections where they pluck the strings their instruments rather than using the bow. Can you hear the difference?

STRAVINSKY Igor, Three Pieces for String Quartet (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This spiky, short piece of music was created in Russia at the same time Suk wrote the piece we heard earlier. Stravinsky uses the plucking technique we heard in the Meredith and Beethoven, as well clashing notes and unexpected changes in pulse and speed. Stravinsky keeps us guessing what he’ll do next!

DVOŘÁK ‘American’ String Quartet (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This piece brings our concert to a celebratory end, from Czech composer Anton Dvořák. Listen out for all the places it gets louder, or faster — or both! — or where the quartet hang back to build tension. This piece uses folk tunes from Czechoslovakia, where Dvořák was born and started writing, and includes a native American tune, and music from all the people like him who had travelled to live and work in the USA. Bringing these together, our concert ends with an explosion of joy!

SIR SCALLYWAG & THE GOLDEN UNDERPANTS

Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives

Junction, Goole
Saturday 21 January 2023, 11.00am / 2.00pm

Book online or call the box office 01405 763652

Past Event

When King Colin’s golden underpants go missing, it’s Sir Scallywag to the rescue! Brave and bold, courageous and true, he’s the perfect knight for the job… even if he is only six years old! 

Original music by our children’s Composer-in-Residence, Paul Rissmann, features instruments including strings, woodwind, and horn, presented together with story-telling and projected illustrations from the best-selling children’s book by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul.  

Performed by the wonderfully dynamic and hugely engaging Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives, this concert is a great introduction to live music for children. It’s full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in. 

IZZY GIZMO family concert

Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives

Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley
Sunday 17 July 2022, 3.00pm

Tickets
£10 (ADULTS)
£5 (UNDER 18)
£15 (FAMILY TICKET) 

Past Event

with music and narration by Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives 

Izzy Gizmo is the enchanting story of an intrepid young inventor who puts her talents to work to rescue a crow that can’t fly. Based on Pip Jones’s best-selling children’s book with illustrations by Sara Ogilvie, this interactive family concert brings Izzy’s mechanical marvels and infectious creative spirit to life, with original music by Paul Rissman featuring pots, pans, whistles and household items, as well as orchestral instruments. A great introduction to live music for children from 3-7 years old, full of songs, actions and opportunities to join in. Family tickets for up to 4 seats are available at a special price.

In partnership with Ryedale Festival

POP-UP MUSIC PERFORMANCES

Sheffield
14-21 May 2022
Free event

There’s no need to book for any of these free events, just turn up!

Saturday 14 May
10am-4pm
Sheffield Winter Garden
CLASSICAL SHEFFIELD / RAYE HARVEY violin
Musicians from Classical Sheffield perform short concerts throughout the day in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens. Performances include collaborations with violinist Raye Harvey – catch Raye at 1.30pm with CoMA Sheffield and at 2.00pm with violin and cello duo Lucy Philips & Jonny Ingall.

Sunday 15 May
1pm – 1.30pm
Samuel Worth Chapel
COME AND SING PERFORMANCE
SHEFFIELD CHAMBER CHOIR and public participants (CONDUCTED BY ROBERT WEBB)
Singers of all ages and abilities come together for music-making and an informal performance, following a morning of workshopping English composer Tippett’s arrangement of Willis’ Steal Away and American composer Shruthi Rajasekar’s Jayjaykar!.

Wednesday 18 May
1pm – 2pm
Crucible Studio Foyer
POP-UP PERFORMANCES BY LEEDS CONSERVATOIRE
Musicians from Leeds Conservatoire perform short concerts over the hour’s break between concerts.

Wednesday 18 May
4.30pm-6.30pm
Orchard Square
POP-UP PERFORMANCES BY
LEEDS CONSERVATOIRE & THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Musicians from The University of Sheffield, Leeds Conservatoire, and participants from our recent Bridge weekend for young wind musicians, perform short concerts throughout the afternoon.

Thursday 19 May
5.30pm – 6pm
Site Gallery
SOUNDS OF NOW WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE
COMA SHEFFIELD & SHEFFIELD MUSIC SCHOOL 
Sheffield Music School are joined by CoMA Sheffield and musicians from Bastard Assignments in this workshop and informal performance of open scores by Sarah Hennies and Joanna Bailie. The public are welcome to watch the workshop process from 4.30pm, before we open our doors for an informal performance at 5.30pm.

Saturday 21 May
10am – 11am
Crucible Studio Foyer
POP-UP PERFORMANCES BY SHEFFIELD MUSIC ACADEMY
Sheffield Music Academy perform short concerts in the foyer, led by Martin Cropper.

Saturday 21 May
12pm – 1pm

Crucible Studio Foyer & Crucible Adelphi Room
POP-UP PERFORMANCES BY
SHEFFIELD MUSIC ACADEMY & THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Musicians from The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Music Academy perform short concerts in the Crucible Studio foyer and Adelphi Room.

 

 

SIR SCALLYWAG & THE GOLDEN UNDERPANTS

Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Saturday 12 November 2022, 11.00am / 3.00pm

£12
£7 Disabled / UC and PIP recipients
£5 Under 16s 

Past Event

When King Colin’s golden underpants go missing, it’s Sir Scallywag to the rescue! Brave and bold, courageous and true, he’s the perfect knight for the job… even if he is only six years old! 

Original music by our children’s Composer-in-Residence, Paul Rissmann, features instruments including strings, woodwind, and horn, presented together with story-telling and projected illustrations from the best-selling children’s book by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul.  

Performed by the wonderfully dynamic and hugely engaging Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives, this concert is a great introduction to live music for children. It’s full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in. 

For 3 – 7 year-olds and their families 

Books and CDs will be available to purchase in the Crucible Theatre foyer after the concerts. To enquire about purchasing these in advance, please email ellen@musicintheround.co.uk

 

Izzy Gizmo family concert

Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives

Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
Sunday 6 February 2022, 11.30am

Tickets
Children £6 | Adults £12
Family Ticket £32 (2 adults + 2 children)

Past Event

Best-selling children’s book, Izzy Gizmo, 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!

Performed by Ensemble 360, narrated by Polly Ives, and with pictures from the book, this concert is a great introduction to live music for children. Original music by Paul Rissmann features pots, pans, whistles and household items (as well as orchestral instruments).

Ideal for ages 3-7 but great fun for everyone, it’s full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in.

IZZY GIZMO family concert

Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives

Cast, Doncaster
Saturday 16 April 2022, 11.00am

Tickets: £9 adult / £6 child

Past Event

Music and narration performed by Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives.

Best-selling children’s book ‘Izzy Gizmo’, by Pip Jones and illustrated by 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 family concert brings Izzy’s mechanical marvels and infectious creative spirit to life!

Original music by Paul Rissmann features 11 instruments including strings, woodwind, horn and piano, and you might even spot the musicians playing pots, pans, whistles and household items! Together with story-telling and visuals from the book, this concert is a great introduction to live music for children. It’s full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in.

For 3 – 7 year-olds