Big Music for Minis
A weekend of music activities is about to get children playing, singing, dancing and having fun
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is usually full of music-loving grown-ups, but for the third year running it's time for the kids to get a piece of the action. Aimed at children aged 7 and under, and their families, Big Music For Minis is bringing together some of the biggest music companies in Scotland to deliver concerts, workshops and fun sessions for little ones. Programmer, Christopher Barr of Glasgow Life tells us what's in store for 2016.
You've programmed a busy weekend for this year's Big Music For Minis – who's going to be there?
We're showcasing what's going on in Scotland, so it's very important that we involve as many organisations and companies as possible. We're bringing together almost all the national music companies – Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Children's Classic Concerts, Live Music Now.
Then we've added in some of our own programmes such as Celtic Connections, we've got Glasgow Libraries doing a lot, Glasgow Sport is running a Dance Tent and we've got Bookbug taking part as well – it's a really big event.
As well as watching concerts, can little ones get hands-on and musical?
Yes, most of the weekend is participatory, such as Eilidh's Box Bike which we'll bring inside the concert hall, the RSNO Brass Bash will be on the stage of the main auditorium and kids can get up and have the chance to play instruments. Children's Classic Concerts are running a percussion-based workshop, there'll be a kids disco in the Dance Tent, and a big interactive musical workshop.
We've also got Miss Nancy's Storytelling Tent, the 'Play Talk Read' double decker bus parked outside, and the Celtic Connections Family Ceilidh which is always a big highlight
There's a broad mix of music genres on offer – why is that important?
I think it's a part of children's life experience – it's shaping their musical ear and helping it develop for the future. Some mums and dads might listen to Radio 3, some might listen to Radio Clyde or Capital FM, and it's just about opening the children's ears to all the different kinds of music that are out there.
What has the response been like to the past two Big Music For Minis weekends?
They've both been very, very successful. One of the most inspiring things for me is to see Glasgow Royal Concert Hall almost turned into a play group. Instead of adults coming to concerts, the place is over-run with under 7s and toddlers everywhere. It's quite unusual to see a concert hall rammed with lots of kids and I think that's really important.
Big Music For Minis, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 1–Sun 2 Oct.