Issued: 11 February 2009
FIRSTSATURDAY OF EVERYMONTH AT 11AM
If you have children aged 7 and under, Town Hall Birmingham is the place to be. On the first Saturday morning of every month, Town Hall offers children the chance to participate in a varied and exciting series of events, from drumming workshops to drama, jazz and improvisation. Children?s events are low priced with special family tickets available, and take place in a fun, informal, noise-friendly atmosphere with plenty of participation.
In Kidsamonium on Saturday 7 March (11am) at Town Hall there?s a chance to explore the exciting world of jazz and improvised music through performance and participation. Led by Tom Bancroft, the session includes a massed kazoo ?call and response? session and a Percussion Discussion as well as short contributions by a range of artists and interactive musical games by a troupe of musical characters. The show ends with the hilarious ?mums and dads dancing? session?
On Saturday 4 April, a Free Family Learning Day at both Town Hall and Symphony Hall aims to give families, carers, children and young people a taste of the many arts opportunities that exist in Birmingham on a regular basis. Interactive art, drama and music activities take place on Symphony Hall foyers (from 10am) while Town Hall hosts family singing workshops with Ex Cathedra and drumming workshops with Andy Mason. Organised by the University of the First Age, the day is free but the workshops need to be booked in advance through UFA on 0121 212 9839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hansel and Gretel and the Glorious Glasses of Glee on Saturday 2 May (11am) is new take on a traditional tale with songs, silliness, puppets and participation. The Children?s Theatre Company MythsandLegwarmers invite children to join the Independent Inspector of Fairytales as he goes in search of Hansel and Gretel and the not-so-wicked, Lulu Witchy Woo has developed a penchant for eating the under tens!
Note to Editors
CHILDREN?S EVENTS take place on the first Saturday of every month at Town Hall Birmingham. Tickets: family tickets £12 (4 people, minimum 1 adult), adults £5, 60 plus £4.50, Under 16s £2.50. All events are designed for children aged 7 and under. All events are 11am-1pm (except the Free Family Learning Day – see below)
Kidsamonium was originally commissioned by The Sage, Gateshead and Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
Kidsamonium Event page: http://www.thsh.co.uk/view/kidsamonium
FREEFAMILYLEARNINGDAY, Saturday 4 April
Symphony Hall Foyers, 10am – a range of interactive art, science, drama and music activities will take place throughout the day. No need to book, just turn up. Admission free.
Town Hall, 11am & 12.15pm – Ex Cathedra Family Singing Workshops lasting one hour.
Town Hall, 1.30pm & 2.45pm – Drumming Workshops with Andy Mason lasting one hour
Admission free but workshop places limited, for pre-booking please contact University of the First Age 0121 212 9838 or e-mail email@example.com
Further information on the activities available at both Town Hall and Symphony Hall, please contact the University of the First Age or visit www.ufa.org.uk
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).