Chamber Babies 2019

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 was initiated by BMS in 2014. It is a series of concerts, 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 forlittle listeners. You can listen to extracts and purchase the CD here

 

 

 


UPCOMING CONCERTS

 

Tanya Houghton (harp)

tanya-houghtonSaturday 26 January 2019 10.30 am
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Tickets: £6.00 per adult
(babies are free)
NB At least one adult per baby

Online tickets sales processed by We Got Tickets. Concerts often sell out in advance. If we are sold out, you may be able to get tickets from our partners, the Crescent Arts Centre.

Originally from Birmingham, Tanya Houghton studied in Cambridge, London and Paris before embarking on a freelance career based in the UK and Ireland.

She enjoys playing for a wide range of ensembles from symphony orchestras to chamber groups, playing solo and accompanying soloists and choirs. She has worked with orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland, and as a choral accompanist she has worked with conductors including John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, David Hill and Graham Ross, with whom she has appeared live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In tune’ programme. She features on the CD ‘A rose in the middle of winter’ in which she accompanies Commotio choir in music by Bob Chilcott: this reached the top of the classical charts.

Aside from playing, Tanya works as an examiner and competition adjudicator. She is a qualified music teacher, and also a singer: she directs and sings in Melisma, the Belfast-based 8-voice choir. In 2015 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.


 

Tanya Houghton (harp)

tanya-houghtonSaturday 26 January 2019 11.30 am
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Tickets: £6.00 per adult
(babies are free)
NB At least one adult per baby

Online tickets sales processed by We Got Tickets. Concerts often sell out in advance. If we are sold out, you may be able to get tickets from our partners, the Crescent Arts Centre.

Originally from Birmingham, Tanya Houghton studied in Cambridge, London and Paris before embarking on a freelance career based in the UK and Ireland.

She enjoys playing for a wide range of ensembles from symphony orchestras to chamber groups, playing solo and accompanying soloists and choirs. She has worked with orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland, and as a choral accompanist she has worked with conductors including John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, David Hill and Graham Ross, with whom she has appeared live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In tune’ programme. She features on the CD ‘A rose in the middle of winter’ in which she accompanies Commotio choir in music by Bob Chilcott: this reached the top of the classical charts.

Aside from playing, Tanya works as an examiner and competition adjudicator. She is a qualified music teacher, and also a singer: she directs and sings in Melisma, the Belfast-based 8-voice choir. In 2015 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

 

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