Lions, Mice, Kings, Queens and Kangaroos!

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Happy New Year Wrigglers! Do we have an exciting array of events for you this year? We most certainly do! We have been organising and planning until the wee hours, up way too early and have been testing our admin. skills to the limit, so read on!

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Suzanne Parry John (middle) with her lovely wriggler.

We have organised a fantastic February for you and we cannot wait to kick start 2019 with last year’s Edinburgh fringe favourite The Lion and the Mouse. The two Louise’s will be bringing this wonderful programme to wrigglers in the south, in a series of four fabulous concerts. We enjoyed our Christmas concerts so much that we will be returning to the same venues, in Weybridge, Twickenham, Chertsey and Barnes, to play this fun programme in England for the first time. Book Here

Louise B. and her wrigglers will then be travelling north to beautiful Scotland to join Clea, for a series of five concerts based on Kings and Queens. Our King Arthur programme is full of royal music and includes music by the renowned Scottish composer Suzanne Parry John, based on the legend of King Arthur. We commissioned Suzanne to write the piece for us in 2017 and it is a lot of fun to play. We even have to sing and play at one point, so it’s worth getting tickets just to come and see us do that! Book Here

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Our next adventure will be to the other side of the world, as we have been invited to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in March. The Adelaide Fringe is the second largest annual arts festival in the world (the largest is of course Edinburgh!). We will be playing at four exciting venues in Adelaide, including the prestigious, and wonderfully named, Gluttony, and will be performing three different programmes; Wriggle Around the WorldThe Hare and the Tortoise and The Lion and the Mouse. Publicising our concerts in Adelaide has been a challenge, because we are playing so many shows in multiple venues and a variety of programmes, that fitting it onto one poster has been tricky. But we have found one graphic designer who is up for the challenge and we are awaiting the results before being able to arrange distribution over there. We have had a lot of contact with the venues, organisers, promoters and other artists, and we are really excited to be participating in this incredible event. Our flights are booked and we have our Australian work visas, so we are good to go. The most difficult challenge is the wait! You can check out our Adelaide concerts here.

Clea will be celebrating the work of Robert Burns on January 26th with an exciting  evening of music by our very own Suzanne Parry John and the incredibly lovely Nigel Osbourne. The concert takes place at Riddles Court, at Lawnmarket, and is a must for those looking for an unforgettable opportunity to celebrate the work of this great man. Book Burns Tickets

Happy January and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Louise and Clea

February Concerts;

South – The Lion and the Mouse

11th at 11.30am Weybridge Library, Weybridge KT13 8DE

13th at 10.45am, Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT

15th at 10.15am, Riverbourne Club, Chertsey KT16 9DR

15th at 1.30pm, Kitson Hall, Kitson Road, Barnes SW13 9HJ

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Edinburgh –  King Arthur;

17th at 11am, Tribe Porty, Portobello, EH15 2AJ

17th at 2pm, Old Pavilion, Linlithgow, EH49 6AB

19th at 11am, Honey Pot Café, South Queensferry, EH30 9TD

22nd at 11am, Marchmont St Giles, EH9 2DW

22nd at 2pm, Stockbridge Church, Edinburgh EH3 5BN

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Festive Fun!

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Following a successful run of our show The Princess and the Pea in Edinburgh last month, we have just started our Christmas season. The Christmas sequins and jumpers are in full flow already!

Louise flew up to Edinburgh to play with Clea to a packed audience at Holyroodhouse on Sunday. We love playing at the palace, but particularly at this time of year as the Christmas decorations are glorious! We had a lively, but attentive, audience who particularly loved joining in with our Christmas classics! It was the perfect start to our Christmas season.

 We have a busy Christmas period in both Scotland and England. Louise B flew back from Edinburgh to play with our Southern based cellist, Louise D and yesterday performed at Weybridge Library in Surrey. This is the first time we have played at Weybridge and we attracted a great audience of keen concert goers! It was a lot of fun and we will definitely be returning here in the Spring.

This week we have three more concerts in the south – Twickenham, Chertsey and Barnes, before a run of concerts in and around Edinburgh. It’s not too late to buy your tickets! 

 Alongside our Christmas series, we are planning our February concerts as well as looking ahead to the Adelaide Fringe, which we are very excited about. We will be playing at a really cool venue, Gluttony, at one of their concert spaces The Bally, as well as travelling around Adelaide to bring our show to other venues, as well as doing some outreach work, so we will have a busy time! 

Last month we donated all of our income from CD sales to Children in Need. Our CD is still available to purchase on our website (it makes a great present!) or download from Amazon or iTunes (it’s also great to help with the present wrapping!). Buy CD  

We hope you are on track with your Christmas preparations, but if you feel like some time away from the hustle and bustle, come and spend some time with us! We wish you a merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year ahead!

Louise and Clea

Christmas Shows – December 2018

Sun 9th – 11am – Holyroodhouse Sold out

Mon 10th – 10.30am – Weybridge Library

Wed 12th – 10.45am – Twickenham Library

Thur 13th – 10.15am – Chertsey Riverbourne Club

Fri 14th – 10.30am – Kitson Hall Barnes

Sun 16th – 11am – Old Pavilion, Linlithgow 

Tues 18th – 11am – Stockbridge Church

Fri 21st – 11.30am – Marchmont St Giles

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Cosy into Autumn

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It’s feeling very Autumnal in Edinburgh now and the summer seems like a distant memory. But don’t worry, as we have lots of exciting concerts to bring to you, to get you through the cooler months (don’t panic – we won’t mention ‘Christmas’ yet!).

We had an incredibly successful and enjoyable time at the Edinburgh fringe. Our two programmes enjoyed healthy box office turnovers. Our new show The Lion and the Mouse achieved sellout status, which we were thrilled about, and our fringe favourite Wriggle Around the World  narrowly missed achieving a third sellout laurel. Thank you to our Edinburgh audiences for making our run such big a success.

New for the fringe were our super stickers, designed by our wonderful illustrator Ben Newman, in between changing nappies as he now has a second wriggler (congratulations to Ben and Dora!). Ben also worked on our CD icon, as we have recently made our CD available on iTunes and Amazon, following urgent requests from parents without anything to play a CD on! Now you can download individual tracks, or the entire album if you wish. Or if you want to marvel at Ben’s wonderful design, you can buy the CD from our website: Buy CD

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Clea and Aisling performed a sellout show at the Palace of Holyroodhouse last weekend and have been mixing The Lion and the Mouse with The Hare and the Tortoise in and around Edinburgh, with the wonderful cellist Niamh Molloy. We are grateful to Niamh for sharing the concerts with Clea, who has been doing educational projects for the Dunedin Consort: Dunedin Consort

We are also taking bookings in Edinburgh and the South of England for our popular Halloween shows. You can see Clea (and/or Niamh) and Aisling at Marchmont, Stockbridge, Linlithgow and Portobello and the two Louises at Twickenham and Chertsey. Details of how to book are here: Book tickets

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This week we found out that we have been officially invited to play at the Adelaide fringe in March. We will be playing at Gluttony, one of the most vibrant and buzzy venues in Adelaide and we are also hoping to do some outreach work in between. We are incredibly excited to be part of the Adelaide fringe 2019, which is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open access arts festival, and the biggest ticket selling arts festival in Australia. You will hear plenty more about this in the months to come. We were so excited that when the aeroplane booking came through, Louise accidently sent a whoop of joy to the airline!

Thank you for your support in our concerts and do tell friends and family about us, whether they are based in Scotland, England, Australia or elsewhere – we are always open to suggestions  of new venues and areas to try and are always keen to perform our shows to new audiences. Perhaps you are having a party or a festive event towards the end of the year? Do bear us in mind, whether your event is for young or old. We cater for all! Happy Halloween and see you soon!

Lou and Clea

Summer?

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Only a week ago we were in the midst of a heatwave, but this week it seems that summer has disappeared and the rainclouds have moved in for the time being.  All the more reason to catch as many indoor events at the Edinburgh Fringe as possible and wrigglers have been flocking to our shows in wellies and cute rainwear.

Last month Recitals for Wrigglers South performed at the Petworth Fringe where we invited local wrigglers to Wriggle around the World with us. They then wriggled up the stairs to see the fabulous Nick Cope and his wonderfully funny songs, which he will be singing up here in Edinburgh – more on that later. We also enjoyed playing to the children of Lyne and Longcross school who made us a beautiful thank you card!

Up in Edinburgh we Danced Into Summer at Holyrood House before taking the show to Tribe Porty, Stockbridge Church and Linlithgow. The Palace is always a special occasion and as always was a sellout show. We look forward to going back, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for details.

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We began our run at the Edinburgh Fringe on August 6th and had a sellout first week. Thank you to The List for choosing us, out of 153 childrens shows, as a ‘Top Tip’. We are playing two shows, The Lion and the Mouse and our Fringe sellout show Wriggle Around the World, until August 26th. The shows are all selling well, so book your tickets while you can! We have thought very carefully about how to price our tickets this year, following feedback from our audiences last year. We have dropped the price of our adult tickets to £8, have included our tickets in the Friends of the Fringe 2 for 1 ticket offer and made sure that our family ticket is a bargain.

Stockbridge Church has been our Fringe venue since we began and is a family friendly and fully accessible venue in a pleasant part of town, so it is worth making the short trip here to escape the hustle and bustle of the centre.Nick Cope

On Saturday we will be performing a ‘Super Saturday Sandwich Show’ at Stockbridge Church, with the very fabulous Nick Cope performing his show in between ours. Nick is also playing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where his shows have totally sold out and we are very lucky that he has agreed to do a pop up show with us. His show at Stockbridge Church is selling well, so book tickets while you can!

Clea has been busy at the fringe playing with Ron Davis in his jazz gig,  SymphRONica, and will be performing in GRIT next week as part of the International Festival, so if you have a Wriggler-free evening, come and check it out!

Recitals for Wrigglers Wriggle Around the World Book tickets

Recitals for Wrigglers The Lion and the Mouse Book here

Nick Cope Book tickets

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Sailing South

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brighton bargeWe have been busy bees here at Recitals for Wrigglers, with a new programme, watery costume creations and larger than life colourful banners to shout about! This was all in preparation for our six sell out shows at the Brighton International Festival, where we premiered our fantastic new Sail Away programme. We enjoyed putting this together and commissioned our friend Jeff Moore to write the music for our new story The Lucky Toy Soldier. We had a lot of fun and the programme was really well received.  We were delighted that our friend Paul Englishby could be in the audience to hear us perform his piece Moon Song. He wrote it for our Sun Moon and Stars programme a couple of years ago and we love this piece so much. It was the perfect addition to our new programme and although it appears on our CD Music for Wrigglers, we were thrilled that he was able to hear it live.

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Jeff and Louise in recording sessions the week before Brighton

 

We followed Brighton with a mini-tour of our Edinburgh Fringe sell out show Wriggle Around the World. We loved introducing Recitals for Wrigglers to new audiences in the south of England and the concerts were a big hit in Hastings, where we had a surprise rush of wrigglers, thanks to sharing via Facebook and other social media platforms. We also took it into schools and nurseries and had some lovely feedback and enthusiastic responses!

 

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You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!

We finished our marvellous May by transporting our new Sail Away programme to Edinburgh, with concerts in Portobello, South Queensferry, Linlithgow, Stockbridge and Marchmont. We have had such a fun time. Thank you to everyone who came to see us. We’ll be back in June, so come and Dance Into Summer with us!

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Happy (belated) New Year!

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December feels like an age away and it has taken us a while to write a blog post. We now have two branches of Recitals for Wrigglers. Our main hub is based in the vicinity of Edinburgh while our periphery at the moment is in Surrey, but soon to reach as far south as Brighton! More about that later.

Is has been busy here both front of house and behind the scenes, with lots going on. In December the Scotland team performed in Dunfermline, Stockbridge,  Linlithgow, South Queensferry,  Portobello and Holyroodhouse and the Wrigglers South team played at Twickenham and Chertsey. We love to include our local communities in the concert series, and it is important for us to stay committed to the community feel that Recitals for Wrigglers symbolises. The Scotland branch has now been running for nearly four years! We can’t believe it! Whereas we have found regular venues in Scotland, we are just starting out in the south and finding our feet with venues that we hope will become our regulars!

  

Clea and Aisling outside Holyroodhouse

Recitals for Wrigglers Scotland had a series of concerts at our regular venues, in February. This was followed by an amazing trip to Banff, Canada, by Clea and Aisling, where they rehearsed and performed as Artisan, in a snowy setting. On return they were greeted by an equally snowy scene! 

  
In March, both Recitals for Wrigglers Scotland and South have concerts with a Spring theme. Jump into Spring is one of our favourite programmes and includes music by Vivaldi, Gossec and the wonderful Swan by Saint-Saens, from Carnival of the Animals – an absolute treat, as both of our cellists play it absolutely beautifully. Details of these concerts can be found here: March Concerts

We will be performing at the Brighton Festival in May and we thought that, as we will be playing on a barge, we should play a programme with a nautical theme. We are currently working on our brand new programme, called Sail Away, which is going to be lots of fun! As well as including popular and more unusual classical music, we have commissioned violinist and composer Jeff Moore to write the music for our story. 

Composer Jeff Moore

Jeff has a wealth of experience in composing for young musicians and is really excited to be writing music for such a very young audience. Our new programme will be performed alongside our fringe sellout show Wriggle Around the World and we are organising a mini tour of the south, to include Hastings, the hometown of our wonderful artist, Ben Newman. Ben is currently designing banners for us to be used in Brighton and beyond! You will see these wonderful creations in Edinburgh soon. They look absolutely amazing, so watch out for us bragging about them in our next blog! If you have friends in the south, do let them know about our concerts here.

We recently applied for funding from Creative Scotland, and we have just found out that our application was unsuccessful this year. Recitals for Wrigglers continues to be self-funded and we rely on your support and feedback to make these concerts possible. If you would like to sign up to our mailing list to find out about upcoming concerts, both north and south, please contact us here: Please add me to your Mailing List

In the meantime we will continue to bring live, high-quality classical music to babies and preschoolers, and their carers, who otherwise might not have the opportunity to hear it.

See you soon!

Clea and Louise

March concerts:
RECITALS FOR WRIGGLERS SOUTH

Wed 21 March:

10.30am Twickenham Library, TW13

1.45pm St Michael and All Angels Community Centre, Barnes SW13 0NS

Thu 22 March:

10.30am The River Bourne Centre, Chertsey KT16 9DR

RECITALS FOR WRIGGLERS SCOTLAND

25 March 11am – The Old Pavillion, Linlithgow EH49 6AB

26 March 11am – Honey Pot Creative Cafe, South Queensferry EH30 9TD

29 March 11am – Tribe Porty, 19 Windsor Place EH15 2AJ

31 March 2pm – Stockbridge Church, 7B Saxe Coburg Street EH3 5BN

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Brighton Festival:
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Ben Newman ( Recitals for Wrigglers Artist)
Ben Newman Illustration

Pumpkins, PayPal and the Power of Music

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    Having completed a mammoth twenty four Recitals for Wrigglers shows in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, we finished October with an ambitious eight show week, which included concerts in and around Edinburgh. This series of concerts was based around a Halloween theme and we thoroughly enjoyed performing this programme to mums, dads, babies, toddlers, cats, skeletons, ghosts and pumpkins alike! We welcomed a new face, Niamh Malloy, who played in several concerts for Clea. It was a pleasure to work with Niamh who, with a wriggler of her own, is a very experienced storyteller, and is a wonderful cellist. Louise travelled up to Edinburgh with her wrigglers and shared the week with Aisling O’Dea, who by now is a familiar face to our Edinburgh audiences. All concerts were well attended, the only exception being Dunfermline. We love playing at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, but for some reason we can’t seem pull in a crowd here. Our aim is to make music accessible to all, therefore we are prepared to take our shows on the road, but we will need to attract more wrigglers to our Dunfermline concerts if they are to continue. Please do give us feedback on this as we would love to return here in the future. 

The first of our Halloween concerts was at Holyroodhouse, where Bert the skeleton made his debut! This was a sellout, which it normally is here, and we thoroughly enjoyed playing at this extraordinary venue (as did Bert!). We also made our debut at Tribe Porty, in Portobello, which was such a hit that we will be returning in November. We entertained one of our youngest ever wrigglers at Morningside – three weeks old (congratulations to mum for leaving the house, for making the concert and remembering the baby! 🙂 )!

 

We have six dates in November (listed below) and we have introduced an online payment system which will hopefully minimise the concert queues. We encountered numerous problems with our PayPal machine at the last set of concerts. From November you can pay in advance via our website and at £4 per head (any head – however young or old!) is a total bargain! You can also guarantee entry by buying your ticket in advance, which can make a big difference in our smaller venues, which can sell out quite quickly. Go on, try it out! https://www.recitalsforwrigglers.co.uk/shows

  

The effect of live music on human beings is well researched and documented, and is very much our raison d’être at Recitals for Wrigglers. When Louise presented the idea to Clea, Clea already had a wealth of experience in bringing music to adults and children, particularly those with special needs. This term Clea has been working at a special school in Fife, where she is regularly able to demonstrate the power of musical interaction to the often surprised staff. Last week a non-verbal boy on the autistic spectrum arrived at the group music session quite upset and shaken. The staff were expecting him not to settle enough to engage in the music activity. However, by singing familiar songs, such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, it was not long before he was smiling and relaxed and able to join in with some energetic group drumming! 

The way in which live music affects babies and preschoolers is apparent by the range of reactions we see during our concerts. Throughout our opening piece there is often complete silence, which is surprising to many parents who have been up since the early hours with an otherwise energetic toddler. We love watching this and other reactions that we see later on in the concerts, which can range from happy and excited to calm and sleepy. Thank you for sending us your experiences and photographs of our concerts. Please do continue to do so via Facebook, Twitter or email. 

  
On a final note, the power of music to transform an occasion was strongly felt by Louise this month who lost her father to Cancer, following a short illness. Louise’s dad, Trevor, was an optimistic and energetic man who loved music. He was a regular concert goer and was often a guinea pig for new Recitals for Wrigglers programmes, memorably the Halloween programme, when we tried it out on him in a late night concert in Louise’s lounge! A funeral is usually a sad occasion, but Trevor’s was incredibly uplifting and positive, just like the person he was. This was in the most part due to the live string quartet who played incredibly throughout the service, lifting people’s spirits and celebrating the life of a music lover, whose CD and record collection ranged from Pink Floyd to Tchaikovsky, with a considerable variety in between. We are usually involved in performing the music to an audience, so to be on the opposite end was a revelation, and Louise and her family experienced first hand the ability that music has to transform negative emotions into something positive. Louise’s dad enjoyed taking his grandchildren to Lilliput Concerts, when they were visiting his home town of Cheltenham, therefore he was able to directly experience the power of music on new and developing minds, like this little Minion’s! 
 

November Concerts; The Princess and the Pea.

22nd @ 10.30am Queensferry Church EH30 9NS

23rd @ 10.30am Zoom Club, Summerhall EH9 1QH

24th @ 10.30am Morningside Parish Church, 1 Cluny Drive EH10 6DN

25th @ 11.30am Tribeporty, 19 Windsor Place, Portobello EH15 2AJ

25th @ 2pm Stockbridge Church (Young Room), EH3 5BN

26th @ 10.30am Linlithgow Bowling Club, 2 Philip Avenue EH49 7BH

https://www.recitalsforwrigglers.co.uk/shows