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 25 November 2017

Gavin Forde bassoon

Mary McMullan piano

Saturday 25 November 2017 10.30 am / 11.30 am
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

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

Please check carefully that you select the right time for your concert when you are booking!

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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.*


Born in Belfast, Gavin Forde was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, London, with Andrea de Flammineis and Martin Gatt. During his time there, he won the RCM Chamber Music Prize and was a recipient of the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation from the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Gavin has appeared with many orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland including the Ulster Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera and most recently the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland with Maxim Vengerov. In 2012, he lived in New York, touring and performing with a critically acclaimed musical.

Gavin is a teacher of music at Belfast Royal Academy.


*We reserve the right not to permit entry for older babies/children. If you are bringing more than one baby, please make sure there is more than one adult in your party!

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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

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.

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