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CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES RELAUNCH AT TOWN HALL

Issued: 14 August 2008

Infusion, Tasmin Little, Atarah Ben-Tovim and Paul Murphy, The Destroyers lead activity sessions for kids

TOWNHALL, BIRMINGHAM
SEPTEMBERDECEMBER 2008
UNDER 16s £2.50, ADULTS £5.00, FAMILYTICKET £12.00

Event Info:
World Music Encounter with Infusion
Tasmin Little – No Strings Attached
Atarah Ben-Tovim and the Pied Piper Workshop and Concert

Town Hall Birmingham will be transformed into a playground of musical delights when monthly activity sessions for kids re-launch in September 2008.

Taking place on the first Saturday of each month, the series will offer children the chance to discover sounds from across the globe in hands-on workshops, learn about classical music from international star violinist Tasmin Little, perform on stage as part of a rehearsed concert and sing their hearts out in the chorus of a magical folk-opera.

Parents can join in or play the audience during the sessions, which last around two hours. With a selection of music and performing arts on offer, the series promises great value for money and plenty of lively fun in an informal concert hall setting.

WORLDMUSICENCOUNTERWITHINFUSION
Saturday 6 September 11am – 1pm
Recommended for children aged 8 and under
Infusion is no ordinary ensemble. Counting music from the Congo, Albania, Zimbabwe and Korea amongst some of its many influences, the group of musicians and artists weave performance into workshops using percussion, song and dance to explore world music through their own musical histories.

TASMINLITTLE – NO STRINGSATTACHED
Saturday 4 October 11am – 1pm
Recommended for children aged 8 and under
The charismatic soloist continues with her quest to bring classical music to all, with an opportunity to see and hear her play ?up close and personal? at Town Hall. With countless tours across continents and appearances with many of the world?s best orchestras behind her, Tasmin embraces music with passion and enthusiasm, introducing each piece before playing.

PIEDPIPERWORKSHOPANDCONCERT
Saturday 1 November 11am – 1pm
Recommended for children aged between 3 and 10
Join flautist extraordinaire, author and children?s TV and concert presenter Atarah Ben-Tovim in an exciting rehearsal and performance session. Kids are encouraged to bring along ANY instrument – even home made ones and toys, and take part in an informal performance based on the famous German legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

TWEEDELEEDEDEEDEESIR RU BARBANDTHEGREENWOLF
Saturday 6 December 11am – 1pm
Recommended for children aged 6 and over
Join Paul Murphy and members of dynamic band The Destroyers for the story of Sir Ru Barb and the Green Wolf. The engaging and thought-provoking story written over 40 years ago incorporates song, music, animation and you! A 45-minute workshop prepares the children for singing roles in the chorus for the performance, which goes on to tour festivals in 2009.

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Notes to Editors

The Infusion Ensemble build performance into each of their workshops and project activities. They have performed at Refugee Week 2007, Town Hall Birmingham Re-opening Festival, and most recently undertook four performances for Birmingham Refugee Week 2008 including headlining the main stage in the main concert.

In addition to a flourishing career as violin soloist which has taken her to every continent of the world, Tasmin Little has further established her reputation as Artistic Director of two Festivals – the Delius Festival and the annual Orchestra of the Swan ?Spring Sounds? Festival. In addition to continuing her normal concerto and recital engagements both here and abroad in 2008/09, Tasmin will also be undertaking a tour of The Naked Violin, with concerts in halls as well as in the wider community.

Atarah Ben-Tovim played her first television concerto live at the Royal Albert Hall aged fourteen and guested on UK television and radio shows, including: Lunchtime Pebble Mill (BBCtv), The John Dunn Show, Start The Week, Kaleidoscope and Good Morning! amongst others. Her musical stories for young children in Rub-a-Dub-Tub on Sunday mornings ran for over two years on several major radio stations. An accomplished flautist, she is dedicated to teaching young children through workshops.

Under the guidance of Paul Murphy who has 30 years experience in directing creative educational and community projects, c21VOX is a small independent and unique social enterprise made up of a pool of professional associate freelance artists employed according to the needs of each project: musicians, film makers, editors, computer experts, graphic designers, all experienced in working with young people.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.
Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).