Baby Baroque head­ing north

The Northland Age - - Local News -

NZ Barok will be head­ing north next month to of­fer two free ‘Baby Baroque’ con­certs for chil­dren as young as preschool­ers.

Both per­for­mances will be on Satur­day July 27, at the Kerik­eri Bap­tist Church at 10.30am and the atrium at Te Ahu, in Kaitaia, at 2.30pm.

Cel­list Helen Brinkman said the orches­tra in­tro­duced young chil­dren to baroque mu­sic in Auck­land for the first time last year, to rapt au­di­ences.

“The hour-long con­cert tells a story about a lit­tle girl called Ruby May, and as that un­folds to the sounds of the orches­tra kids get the chance to wave a scarf, shake a shaker, clap, sing, march, dance and lis­ten,” she said.

“Mu­sic, play and sto­ries mix to­gether to en­gage small chil­dren, and some of last year’s lit­tle par­tic­i­pants have been in­spired to take up in­stru­ments them­selves. Af­ter the show they get to meet the mu­si­cians and try out the in­stru­ments them­selves.”

“Noth­ing beats live mu­sic,” she added.

“Giv­ing young chil­dren the chance to hear and see live mu­sic stim­u­lates ev­ery cell in their bod­ies. Their re­ac­tion to sound is quite mag­i­cal. What­ever they are do­ing stops and their eyes wi­den and they lis­ten in­tently. Some will crawl up close and put their hands on the in­stru­ments. The orches­tra play on in­stru­ments of the pe­riod and in the style of the pe­riod.”

Go to or for tick­ets and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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