Come and Play presents Kidzone Live

18 February 2012 / 13:00
Foyer, Level G


Over one Saturday afternoon in February, the Barbican will be buzzing with the unmistakable sounds of The Big Apple, when the New York Philharmonic invite young people to meet the musicians, learn about their instruments, and create some music of their own. Presented by the Barbican’s Come and Play initiative, this will be the first time Londoners have the chance to experience the Phil’s popular Kidzone Live.

Throughout the afternoon, musicians from the Phil and Guildhall School students will be on hand to invite newcomers and their families to turn up and try a host of instruments. All sections of the orchestra will be represented: from percussion to brass. If you’ve never even heard of the euphonium, now’s your chance to pick one up and make a beautiful sound.

Budding composers and musicians will get the chance to join drop-in workshops, led by music leaders, students and orchestra musicians, to create performances inspired by Central Park and the iconic Empire State Building. Whether joining for just five minutes, or half an hour, all participants will be invited to return to the Barbican’s Free Stage for a public performance at 3.30pm.

In the lead-up to the Phil’s residency at the Barbican, professional composers and musicians will have been working with young people from across the East End. Throughout the afternoon, on the Club Stage, young musicians will perform an original piece of music they’ve been rehearsing, based on New York City. Budding composers will have worked on writing a new work for a sextet of professional musicians, which will be performed at intervals on the Free Stage.

Finally, to round off the day, the Barbican Hall will host the New York Philharmonic performing one of their renowned Young People’s concerts, something that has become a central part of their repertoire since 1922 and comes to the UK for the first time.

Hear Edward Seckerson’s interview with Jamie Bernstein who talks about her father, the orchestra and her involvement in the Young People’s concerts in the Barbican’s latest classical music podcast

Supported by SHM Foundation

Supported by the United States Embassy London


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