Sunday lunch time has never been so much fun. Thank you Concertini for bringing the Brass Funkeys to Norden Farm. If you want to get your children into music taking them to a Concertini is your first step.

Photo credit: Jonathan Bowker

The Brass Funkeys are eight funkey young guys playing brass and woodwind while having more fun than you could ever imagine on stage. Basing their music on the traditions of New Orleans, we were taken on a journey from the funeral marches of New Orleans (actually fun) to Disney's 'I wanna be like you'. The enthusiasm and energy they brought to Norden Farm was infectious, they got everyone out of their seat, singing, clapping, swinging and swaying and just having the best time. My two year old didn't stop bobbing and clapping for the full 45 minutes, while my 7 year old was awe struck by the awesomeness of these eight guys in front of him. After we had swayed and swung and clapped so much, the end of the concert came and so did the disappointment from my kids who could have spent at least another 45 minutes in front of the Brass Funkeys enjoying much more of their contagious energy.

Photo credit: Jonathan Bowker

After the concert there was the opportunity for all to meet the musicians and try out some instruments courtesy of Dawkes Music. My son was especially pleased at this point as he got to meet the guy playing the Sousaphone, now his instrument of choice. That could be tricky, it's a big un.

Photo credit: Jonathan Bowker

If you haven't been to a Concertini before, a ‘Concertini’ is a bite-size, live music experience aimed at families with children age 0 - 8. Each Concertini features a different live band or ensemble and is produced in a relaxed and  enjoyable way.   Concerts last under an hour and are followed by the chance to meet the musicians and their instruments and even have a go!


Half Term Concertini with the Amazing String Fever - 19 Feb

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Mothers Day Sing Along Concertini - 22 March

with Mairi Cowieson and CBBC Singer Songwriter Rob Castell

Bring the whole family and sing along to a fabulous 45 minutes of music from stage and screen, including songs from Mary Poppins, The Lion King and Frozen with Mairi.

Family Concertini with Star of Cbeebies - 6 April

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Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to join world-renowned saxophonist, star of Cbeebies YolanDa’s Band Jam and multi MOBO award-winner YolanDa Brown for an inspirational Concertini exploring a fusion of Reggae, Jazz and Soul.