What can be better than listening to top quality live music in the company of
your family? Recently voted Best Children’s Business in Berkshire each ‘Concertini’ features a different live musician or ensemble and is produced in a relaxed and enjoyable way. With music designed to appeal to both children and adults, these concerts are joyous, inspiring and never dumbed down. Concerts last under an hour and are followed by the chance to meet the artists and their instruments!
Concertini are delighted to announce their Autumn Season of family friendly live music events. Featuring some of Britain's top contemporary artists and introducing a variety of styles from Vintage Vocal Harmony to an 8 piece New Orleans Brass Band there really is something to suit all ages and musical tastes.
VINTAGE CONCERTINI WITH THE POLKA DOTS
Sunday 20th October 11.30 (Relaxed Concertini) and 2pm @
The Corn Exchange Newbury
Grab your tiny dancers and join us for 45 minutes of original and cover swing songs, high energy dance routines and on-stage charisma. The Polka Dots are an upbeat all singing and dancing vintage vocal harmony trio bringing the best of 1940's and 50's classics plus some more modern numbers with their own cheeky retro twist! This Concertini is guaranteed to have the even the tiredest of feet tapping.
SPOOKY SINGALONG WITH MAIRI COWIESON & ROB CASTELL
Thursday 31st October 11.30am (Relaxed Concertini) and 2pm @ Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
Bring the whole family and sing along to a Spooky 45 minutes of music from stage and screen, including songs from The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Little Shop of Horrors all performed by West End singer Mairi Cowieson and CBBC Singer Songwriter Rob Castell.
Come dressed up or grab something from our dressing up box before the concert!
ROCK n ROLL CONCERTINI WITH THE R n BEATLES
Saturday 30th November 11.30am (Relaxed Concertini) and 2pm @ Wycombe Arts Centre
The R n Beatles perform a blistering set of terrific tunes all played in that great Beatles style! Bring the whole family and sing your socks off to belters like Long Tall Sally, Twist and Shout & Rock n Roll Music whilst the kids dance sing or just chill out on our bean bags.
GOSPEL CONCERTINI WITH THE IDMC GOSPEL CHOIR
Sunday 8th December 11.30am (Relaxed Concertini) and 2pm @ a secret location in Windsor!
This very special Christmas concert will feature the astonishing vocal talents of the IDMC Gospel choir who will be inspiring us with an uplifting concert including hits by Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and Jackie Wilson as well as traditional Gospel Songs and Inspirational melodies.
VINTAGE CONCERTINI WITH THE SANTA BABIES
Sunday 15th December 11.30am (Relaxed Concertini) and 2pm @ The Royal British Legion
Take three festive and beautifully blending voices, stir in a collection of the BEST Christmas classics, lace with sharp dance routines, a dash of audience participation and you have The Santa Babies! Together, the girls bring you a cheeky twist on the classic vintage vocal harmony trio: with songs from the roaring 20’s, to swinging sixties, plus some cute modern arrangements included for good measure.
CHRISTMAS CONCERTINI WITH THE CANTORUM CHOIR
Friday 20th December 11.30am (Relaxed Concertini) and 3pm @ The Cookham Rise Methodist
A Christmas Treat for Everyone! Bring the whole family and sing along with members of one of the finest chamber choirs in the country. The Cantorum Choir will be performing highlights from their annual Christmas Concert as well as some well known carols (audience participation a must!)
NEW YEAR CONCERTINI WITH THE BRASS FUNKEYS - A GIG FOR KIDS
Sunday 12th January 11.30am (Relaxed Concertini) and 2pm @ Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
A New Years Treat for Everyone! Following their sell out Concertinis this summer The Brass Funkeys are back for an enjoyable live music experience designed for music lovers age 4 - 104. Be Inspired by sizzling saxes, screaming trumpets and soulful trombones without worrying about the kids wriggling!
PS - If you fancy having a go yourself we'll be sticking around for a 'Stay and Play' after the concert courtesy of Dawkes Music.
A ‘Concertini’ is a bite size family friendly live music concert. Each Concertini features a different professional live musician or ensemble and is produced in a relaxed and enjoyable way. Founder Julia Bentley Dawkes says: “The purpose of each Concertini is to introduce families to different styles of live music and musical instruments in a relaxed community setting. Our aim is to nurture a love of music from a young age and to inspire families to embrace music in their lives whether it be going to more live music events, taking up a musical instrument or joining a choir.”
Many of our concerts are themed and children are encouraged to get into the spirit of these by dressing up for the occasion. Refreshments are available at the majority of our venues, as well as the chance to meet the instruments and even have a go!
Concerts last around 45 minutes and are currently scheduled to take place in venues and schools throughout the Thames Valley.
What are you waiting for, get the diary out and get booked up.