Chamber Babies 2017

Live Classical Music for Little Listeners

“What a lovely way to share a Saturday morning with my Grandson Finn”

“Super – loved it. Looking forward to future similar events.”

Chamber Babies is a new venture initiated by BMS in 2014, designed to offer the best live classical music to the youngest listeners (and their mums and dads). We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Crescent Arts Centre on this venture, and concerts take place in the relaxed setting of the CAC’s Cube venue.

The concerts are very informal, and the short programmes are designed for babies and adults alike. You can walk, sway, crawl, roll, dance or just chill out to a careful selection of short classical pieces designed both to engage and enchant (or soothe to sleep!). Concerts are aimed at babies from 0-18 months old.

All Chamber Babies concerts are performed by professional classical musicians from Northern Ireland. We welcome all listeners, no matter how young (including mums with bumps!). Take time to enjoy coffee and cake at the Crescent Arts Centre’s cafe before or after the concert.

Belfast Music Society has brought out a CD of classical music for little listeners. You can listen to extracts and purchase the CD here

 

 

Chamber Babies 11 March 2017 10.30

Gillian McCutcheon clarinet

Jonathan Rea piano

Saturday 11 March 2017 10.30 am
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Tickets: £5.00 per adult
(babies are free)
NB At least one adult per baby

(Online tickets sales processed by We Got Tickets)

Walk, sway, crawl, roll, dance, or just chill out to a careful selection of short classical pieces designed to engage and enchant the youngest listeners (and their mums and dads).

Designed specifically for babies up to 18 months old.

 

Gillian McCutcheon began playing the clarinet at the age of 10. On entering Edinburgh University to read music she travelled to London to study with Thea King at the Guildhall School of Music. Whilst at Edinburgh Gillian won numerous awards including the Tovey Memorial Prize for Performance and the Frazer Scholarship which enabled her to continue her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Richard Addison. Since graduating with an M.Mus in Performance, Gillian has been in demand not only as a performer, giving numerous recitals for the BBC both as a soloist and chamber musician, but also as a teacher and festival adjudicator.

Jonathan Rea studied music at Cambridge University.  He then spent 15 wonderful years teaching music in Bangor Grammar School before beginning a new career as a freelance musician.  He is now active as a conductor, pianist, composer and producer, with a wide range of clients including BBC and RTE.  He has produced and conducted commercial recording sessions with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra as well as several more intimate albums with local performers.  Occasionally he speaks at seminars and workshops, focusing on worship, music and church life – with a particular interest in the creative use of choirs.

 


 

Chamber Babies 11 March 2017 11.30

Gillian McCutcheon clarinet

Jonathan Rea piano

Saturday 11 March 2017 11.30 am
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Tickets: £5.00 per adult
(babies are free)
NB At least one adult per baby

(Online tickets sales processed by We Got Tickets)

Walk, sway, crawl, roll, dance, or just chill out to a careful selection of short classical pieces designed to engage and enchant the youngest listeners (and their mums and dads).

Designed specifically for babies up to 18 months old.

 

Gillian McCutcheon began playing the clarinet at the age of 10. On entering Edinburgh University to read music she travelled to London to study with Thea King at the Guildhall School of Music. Whilst at Edinburgh Gillian won numerous awards including the Tovey Memorial Prize for Performance and the Frazer Scholarship which enabled her to continue her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Richard Addison. Since graduating with an M.Mus in Performance, Gillian has been in demand not only as a performer, giving numerous recitals for the BBC both as a soloist and chamber musician, but also as a teacher and festival adjudicator.

Jonathan Rea studied music at Cambridge University.  He then spent 15 wonderful years teaching music in Bangor Grammar School before beginning a new career as a freelance musician.  He is now active as a conductor, pianist, composer and producer, with a wide range of clients including BBC and RTE.  He has produced and conducted commercial recording sessions with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra as well as several more intimate albums with local performers.  Occasionally he speaks at seminars and workshops, focusing on worship, music and church life – with a particular interest in the creative use of choirs.

 


 

Chamber Babies 12 March 2017 10.30

Gillian McCutcheon clarinet

Jonathan Rea piano

Sunday 12 March 2017 10.30 am
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Tickets: £5.00 per adult
(babies are free)
NB At least one adult per baby

(Online tickets sales processed by We Got Tickets)

Walk, sway, crawl, roll, dance, or just chill out to a careful selection of short classical pieces designed to engage and enchant the youngest listeners (and their mums and dads).

Designed specifically for babies up to 18 months old.

 

Gillian McCutcheon began playing the clarinet at the age of 10. On entering Edinburgh University to read music she travelled to London to study with Thea King at the Guildhall School of Music. Whilst at Edinburgh Gillian won numerous awards including the Tovey Memorial Prize for Performance and the Frazer Scholarship which enabled her to continue her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Richard Addison. Since graduating with an M.Mus in Performance, Gillian has been in demand not only as a performer, giving numerous recitals for the BBC both as a soloist and chamber musician, but also as a teacher and festival adjudicator.

Jonathan Rea studied music at Cambridge University.  He then spent 15 wonderful years teaching music in Bangor Grammar School before beginning a new career as a freelance musician.  He is now active as a conductor, pianist, composer and producer, with a wide range of clients including BBC and RTE.  He has produced and conducted commercial recording sessions with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra as well as several more intimate albums with local performers.  Occasionally he speaks at seminars and workshops, focusing on worship, music and church life – with a particular interest in the creative use of choirs.

 


 

Chamber Babies 12 March 2017 11.30

Gillian McCutcheon clarinet

Jonathan Rea piano

Sunday 12 March 2017 11.30 am
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Tickets: £5.00 per adult
(babies are free)
NB At least one adult per baby

(Online tickets sales processed by We Got Tickets)

Walk, sway, crawl, roll, dance, or just chill out to a careful selection of short classical pieces designed to engage and enchant the youngest listeners (and their mums and dads).

Designed specifically for babies up to 18 months old.

 

Gillian McCutcheon began playing the clarinet at the age of 10. On entering Edinburgh University to read music she travelled to London to study with Thea King at the Guildhall School of Music. Whilst at Edinburgh Gillian won numerous awards including the Tovey Memorial Prize for Performance and the Frazer Scholarship which enabled her to continue her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Richard Addison. Since graduating with an M.Mus in Performance, Gillian has been in demand not only as a performer, giving numerous recitals for the BBC both as a soloist and chamber musician, but also as a teacher and festival adjudicator.

Jonathan Rea studied music at Cambridge University.  He then spent 15 wonderful years teaching music in Bangor Grammar School before beginning a new career as a freelance musician.  He is now active as a conductor, pianist, composer and producer, with a wide range of clients including BBC and RTE.  He has produced and conducted commercial recording sessions with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra as well as several more intimate albums with local performers.  Occasionally he speaks at seminars and workshops, focusing on worship, music and church life – with a particular interest in the creative use of choirs.

 


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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there changing facilities?
Yes, the Crescent Arts Centre has baby changing facilities in the ladies toilets, situated on the ground floor of the building near to the Cube.

Can I feed my baby during the concert?
Of course. There is a mixture of seating, from chairs to bean bags to play mats on the floor, so you can choose the most comfortable spot for you and your baby.

What if my baby cries or makes a noise during the concert?
That’s fine. Don’t feel embarrassed if your baby joins in with a few squeals. We only ask that adults don’t talk to each other during the performance, just as you wouldn’t during a ‘normal’ concert – you can save the chat for the cafe!

What is Chamber Music?
Chamber music is classical music written for small groups of instruments (usually fewer than 12). Typical examples are String Quartets, Duos such as violin & piano or voice & piano, and Trios (usually piano, violin and cello). We also include solo instruments such as piano, concert harp or guitar, and many other small combinations of instruments including wind (e.g. flute, clarinet) and brass instruments (e.g. trumpet).

Is my baby the right age for classical music?
We have designed these concerts for a mainly pre-walking audience. You are never to young to enjoy classical music, and we know babies can hear music in the womb. Most of the music is gentle, though there are livelier pieces too. If you would like to know what will be in the programme, drop us an email at info@belfastmusicsociety.org

Is there somewhere to leave my buggy?
Buggies can be left safely in a separate room adjacent to the Cube.

How long is the concert?
The concert lasts 40 minutes. Our first two concerts have been designed with a 20 minute gap between them, so there is time to enjoy a coffee before or afterwards.

Where is the Crescent Arts Centre?
The Crescent Arts Centre is situated at 2-4 University Road, next to the Crescent Church, just before the junction with the Lisburn Road.

General enquiries: info@belfastmusicsociety.org