Why did young children leave THSH singing Frère Jacques today?

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After a hugely successful concert at Town Hall as part of their UK tour, French string quartet Quatuor van Kuijk gave a unique free interactive workshop for 0-5 year olds. This Midweek Explorer event, on Tuesday 24 October, enabled young children and their families to enjoy the instruments of a string quartet and to develop their own musicality with fantastic flair, finesse and frivolity. 

I think it is so important for kids to be introduced to music because it is very natural for them, for example we made a song with them Frère Jacques and if they didn’t know that piece we taught them, it’s enjoyment – to sing. Playing an instrument is like singing but with more practice and more physical quality. I think it is really good to see that for young people there is no barrier between classical music and them, that they will enjoy it or not because they don’t have that preconception about it. We really enjoy it a lot and it was a great success today

Sylvain Favre-Bulle, member of Quatour van Kuijk

Starting with demonstrations on the versatility of each instrument the members of Quatour van Kuijk engaged children and parents alike, encouraging them to sing Frère Jacques as a round with the quartet before inviting young volunteers to conduct the orchestra’s speed and sound! 

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We’ve really enjoyed this event. Kalia (4 years old) has had the opportunity to play all different instruments from the string quartet, which she’s found really interesting. It’s been great for her to learn different skills on the different instruments. There are so many children here for Kalia and Kavani to interact with - it’s been really interactive and the quartet have provided lots of different information and background about the instruments.

Melika Queely, who attended with her two children (4 years old and 6 months)

Quatuor van Kuijk are one of the outstanding acts to be selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for their Rising Stars series. The aim of the series is to bring young and exceptional young artists to new international audiences. The selected artists are offered unparalleled performance opportunities to present musical programmes of their choosing in the major concert halls of Europe.

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Classical music has the potential to inspire children and young people alike offering an opportunity to become a regular listeners or even plant seeds of future careers as composers, performers or maestros. Every year, THSH connects over 15,000 young people and adults to a world of music and performance. To find out how you can help that work continue visit www.thsh.co.uk/join-and-suppor...