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Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG
020 8688 9291
29-Nov-13 to 29-Nov-15
Sun, Next: 9 March 2014 @3.30pm
These concerts are held approximately every 6 months. The next is “Toy Stories” on 9th March 2014.
Conductor: Darrell Davison
Narrator: Diane Louise Jordan
Harp: Federica Mossone
Another great concert for the whole family featuring Quilter's Children's Overture, Delibes' Coppelia, finale of Haydn's Toy Symphony, The Spinning-top & Hobby Horse by Bizet and The Magic Toy Shop by Richards.
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We attended the latest Adventure Concert and really enjoyed it. Today's concert had the title of ‘Toy Stories' and we were treated to 10 pieces that related to toys and nursery rhymes. There is no need to be a classical music aficionado; the conductor, Darrell Davison, thoroughly explains the piece that is about to be played – or rather helps us to visualise the picture that we are going to hear being painted with sound. He also introduced us to the various members of the orchestra and a number of children we invited on stage to play a piece of music (no musical knowledge required). The orchestra was joined by a ballerina, a harpist (such a beautiful sound) and Diane Louis Jordan as narrator. My 7 year old's favourite part was the narrated piece whilst my 5 year old preferred the percussion side of the music. It's also refreshing that the paper-programme is free so that you have an explanation of each piece in front of you. I'd thoroughly recommend these concerts and we can't wait for the next one!
I attended the Magical Myths and Legends Concert with my family including children aged 7 years and 5 years.
The conductor came on, dressed as a pirate, and talked us through about 8 pieces of music, explaining the image that the music paints for us. Matilda Lloyd provided a very impressive trumpet solo and David Leonard who plays Miss Trunchbull in Matilda narrated the Firebird piece.
The concerts ran for about 1 hour which was about right for young children. My 5 year old especially was able to imagine the scene being painted by the music and both have asked to go to the Toy Story concert in March 2014.
These concerts have been running for decades and I am sure we will be going for a few more years to come.