Chamber Babies 2020

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’s café 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

Chamber Babies – Gráinne Meyer

Saturday 22 February 10.30 am and 11.30 am
The Crescent, Belfast

Tickets: £7.50 per adult
(children are free)
NB At least one adult per child


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.

Walk, sway, crawl, roll, dance or just chill out to a carefully selected programme of short classical pieces designed both to engage and enchant (or soothe to sleep!) the youngest listeners and their mums and dads.

Chamber Babies concerts are specially designed for babies aged 0-18 months.

Enjoy coffee and cake in the Crescent Arts Centre cafe before or after the concert. Chamber Babies concerts last about 40 minutes.

NB: at least one adult per baby.  Babies are free with an accompanying adult. If you need to bring an older child along we will try our best to accommodate you, but please bear in mind that the concerts are designed specifically for very young children. Please also bring another adult too!  

 

Harpist and pianist Gráinne Meyer has recently completed a postgraduate diploma in classical and Irish traditional music at the TU Dublin Conservatoire of Music, receiving tuition from Clíona Doris, Denise Kelly and Gráinne Hambly. She previously received an honours music degree from the University of York, where she was awarded the Thomas Beecham scholarship for performance.

Gráinne has a busy and varied performance schedule across Ireland. She has performed as principal harpist with the Ulster Orchestra and has recorded for BBC on both harp and piano. She is a performer for the Live Music Now scheme, which facilitates performances in the community for older people and children with special educational needs. She has performed for HRH The Prince of Wales on each of his last two visits to Northern Ireland, and at both the Edinburgh and Wales international harp festivals as well as the Lorient Festival Interceltique in Brittany.

As a traditional musician Gráinne has won multiple All Ireland and Ulster medals. As well as performing, Gráinne is in demand as a teacher and is harp tutor for City of Belfast School of Music, Glengormley School of Traditional Music, Dun Uladh, Omagh Comhaltas and Ceoltoiri Crosskeys. Gráinne is also musical director of the award winning Elver Harp Ensemble and the Comhaltas “Mind and Music” Orchestra. Her arrangements have been recently featured on Classic FM and RTÉ.

 


 

PAST EVENTS

Chamber Babies – Ross Lyness

Saturday 11 January 2020 10.30 am
The Crescent, Belfast

Tickets: £7.50 per adult
(children are free)
NB At least one adult per child

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.

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.*

Ross Lyness enjoys a busy and varied career as a freelance trombonist and performs regularly across a wide variety of genres including chamber music, contemporary and new music, jazz and big band, orchestral, opera and commercial work for television and radio.

As well as appearing regularly with all of the professional orchestras in Ireland, Ross travels extensively to work as a trombonist with orchestras in Europe and elsewhere.

As a keen chamber musician Ross is a member of Artemis Brass, a Belfast-based quintet focussing on recitals and education work. In 2018 Ross was invited to join the European Brass Collective and performed in the opening concert of the annual Brucknertage in Austria to great critical acclaim. Ross has also been involved in a number of projects with the Belfast Ensemble, a cutting edge contemporary music, theatre and visual arts ensemble directed by Belfast composer, Conor Mitchell.


*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!


 

Chamber Babies – Ross Lyness

Saturday 11 January 2020 11.30 am
The Crescent, Belfast

Tickets: £7.50 per adult
(children are free)
NB At least one adult per child

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.

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.*

Ross Lyness enjoys a busy and varied career as a freelance trombonist and performs regularly across a wide variety of genres including chamber music, contemporary and new music, jazz and big band, orchestral, opera and commercial work for television and radio.

As well as appearing regularly with all of the professional orchestras in Ireland, Ross travels extensively to work as a trombonist with orchestras in Europe and elsewhere.

As a keen chamber musician Ross is a member of Artemis Brass, a Belfast-based quintet focussing on recitals and education work. In 2018 Ross was invited to join the European Brass Collective and performed in the opening concert of the annual Brucknertage in Austria to great critical acclaim. Ross has also been involved in a number of projects with the Belfast Ensemble, a cutting edge contemporary music, theatre and visual arts ensemble directed by Belfast composer, Conor Mitchell.


*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!


 

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