The Pied Piper

 

This exciting new piece of music by Jonathan Dove involves children aged 7-11 from local primary schools performing alongside professional musicians. Together we re-enact the story of the Pied Piper using a shortened version of Robert Browning’s poem interspersed with descriptive, child friendly music. The clarinettist (me!), who is by turns the narrator and the Pied Piper, leads the music making and the children join in, playing simple melodies and rhythms on recorders, as well as singing and acting. There is also an opportunity for a group of more advanced recorder players to take part….
To make the performance into an hour long event, we have often prefaced the Pied Piper with short solo performances from some of the children, together with some child orientated music from me (e.g. “Flight of the Bumble Bee” and “The Cat” from Peter and The Wolf). We have had very positive comments from the children and teachers about this project because for many of the children it will be the first time that they have been on stage alongside a professional performer. They sometimes find the project quite challenging at first but by the time we get to the performance they are thrilled to find that they are easily on top of what is required and they are inspired by getting to know the music of one of this country’s leading composers.

 

The Pied Piper

This exciting new piece of music by Jonathan Dove involves children aged 7-11 from local primary schools performing alongside professional musicians. Together we re-enact the story of the Pied Piper using a shortened version of Robert Browning’s poem interspersed with descriptive, child friendly music. The clarinettist (me!), who is by turns the narrator and the Pied Piper, leads the music making and the children join in, playing simple melodies and rhythms on recorders, as well as singing and acting. There is also an opportunity for a group of more advanced recorder players to take part….
To make the performance into an hour long event, we have often prefaced the Pied Piper with short solo performances from some of the children, together with some child orientated music from me (e.g. “Flight of the Bumble Bee” and “The Cat” from Peter and The Wolf). We have had very positive comments from the children and teachers about this project because for many of the children it will be the first time that they have been on stage alongside a professional performer. They sometimes find the project quite challenging at first but by the time we get to the performance they are thrilled to find that they are easily on top of what is required and they are inspired by getting to know the music of one of this country’s leading composers.

photo credit: www.gwpics.com, at the first performance commissioned by the Southampton Music Service

94% of the audience as a whole gave the performance full marks, and there are a selection of comments below:

“family orientated, stunning performances ”
“Great to see skilled children here, very heart-warming and accessible, brilliant for young children ”
“Joel aged 5 loved this event ”
“Children in performance enabled 5/6 year old to relate and enjoy.”
“I brought my daughter, together with my friend to see this show yesterday. I must express our appreciation to Emma Johnson, Scott Brothers, John Lenehan as well as all performancers. The show was well design and excellent for children, my daughter loved it very much.”Feedback from performance in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 2014