Spring is in the Air!

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Here we are in Spring already! The flowers are blooming and today the weather is warm and sunny.

We had two Spring concerts this month, with lots of lovely wrigglers to play to. Jump into Spring is one of our favourite programmes, and an early one, written in 2015, shortly after Recitals for Wrigglers was formed. Back in those days, Louise lived in Edinburgh and had a baby and a toddler to ‘help’ with the programmes and she can remember the impact that the music from this particular programme had on her wee ones.

To enable our live shows work online, they need tweaking in some way. In 2015 we had no idea that we would ever need them to work remotely (who knew?!) but Jump into Spring works really well almost as written. The problem we had back in 2015 was choosing only a few pieces from the wealth of Spring-themed music available, as this imagery has inspired composers throughout the centuries. Jump into Spring contains music about flowers, birds as well as Clea’s beautiful version of The Swan from Carnival of the Animals, which she recorded with the internationally acclaimed pianist, Steven Osborne. Louise remembers her baby (now 6 years old!) getting really excited when she played Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons – such a joyful piece that makes little legs want to dance! Thank you to all who wriggled with us!

Delibes Flower Duet brought to you via the wonders of technology

This month, the theme is The Princess and the Pea. This is a lovely story with fabulous imagery and again, one of our early programmes. This show has a range of musical concepts as well, but whereas the musical arrangements work brilliantly live, they don’t translate online so well. Therefore, our job for the next few weeks is to completely overhaul the programme and rewrite it for you to enjoy at home.

Louise’s wriggler helping.

We did a survey on Instagram, as we have been playing around with timings. We are finding that our online weekend shows are far more popular than our weekday shows. Therefore, this month we are giving you two concerts on a Sunday, which we hope you can make. You can book your tickets here; http://www.recitalsforwrigglers.co.uk/shows

Louise has been studying Kodaly Philosophy and Methodology over the last few months. If you haven’t come across the Kodaly method, it is a whole different way of musical thinking. It is very singing based and little ones learn by listening and experiencing music, rather than any kind of formal music education. Kodaly believed that musical training should begin 9 months before the baby is born (he later changed this to “9 months before the mother is born”) and there is a lot of evidence to show not only that babies can hear music in the womb, but that the health benefits to both mother and baby are enormous. Kodaly’s philosophy was that happy children become happy adults, who contribute to a happy society, and the way towards this is through music. One of our fundamental beliefs at Recitals for Wrigglers is that children and babies should start experiencing music as young as possible. We have seen first hand that babies not only respond to the music (like my little boy did, every time he heard Vivaldi’s Spring), but that babies and young children display emotion at the sounds and music that they are experiencing. They are also learning how to make their own vocal sounds and unconsciously respond to music and sounds from a very young age.

“Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime.”

Zoltan Kodaly

Children should have the opportunity to experience live music from an early age. Until it is possible to do this safely in person, we have adapted to performing our shows online, and we hope that you can see, and feel, for yourself the benefits of music. But we can’t wait to be able to perform for you live and in person!

Thank you for your support so far. Please do carry on coming and do tell your friends and family about our shows. To make sure you don’t miss out, please do join our mailing list. www.recitalsforwrigglers.co.uk

We hope you have a lovely Easter and see you very soon!

Louise and Clea

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Wrigglers Online!

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January marked the start of our Wrigglers Online series, kicking off with our very first show The Hare and the Tortoise. The feedback for our January shows has been really positive. The advantages of performing online include a greater reach and the ability to provide live music for you and your wriggler in your own home. Many parents were astonished at how well their little ones engaged with the music and we had lots of lovely photos sent to us of little ones enjoying the show.

It takes many hours to rewrite our programmes to work online. We can’t play live at the same time, so we have found various ways around this. We have rewritten our scripts and nearly all of the music has had to be arranged or Louise has written brand new music to work with our stories and we have prerecorded some of the pieces that we can’t miss out! It is a creative process and we are learning all of the time. But the feedback from parents is that they and their wrigglers are delighted with the new shows, which have been more successful than anticipated! Mr Hare was delighted with his new theme tune!

This month we have a new online version of our show Sun, Moon and Stars. This programme includes variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, a very well known tune that many people believe was written by Mozart, but is actually an old French melody that Mozart arranged for piano. You will be able to hear a few of Mozart’s arrangements of this melody, which we have rewritten especially for wrigglers! Louise has also composed new music for our version of the story of Icarus.

You can find out about our shows here www.recitalsforwrigglers.co.uk/shows

As well as online shows, we are able to help you celebrate your little one’s birthday. We can organise a Zoom concert for you and we are also able to offer musical messages. Clea is also offering individual sessions for anyone who thinks that their wriggler would enjoy a one-to-one music making session, so do contact us to find out about these exciting services.

While we prepare our next programme, please do take the time to tell us your views, whether it is about a show you have seen or questions you have about the music we play. We are offering our online shows at a suggested donation of £6, through Eventbrite. We are advertising this as a donation because we would like every child to have access to music, and we know that many families are finding it difficult at the moment. Working online, we don’t have overheads like hall hire, but we do have to pay Eventbrite for their ticketing service and it takes many hours to rewrite, arrange and rehearse our programmes. This comes at a time where the live music industry has been decimated by the pandemic and as freelance musicians our income is minimal. Therefore we would be delighted if you would share our concerts far and wide and tell as many people about us as possible. We are on Twitter and Instagram and we do have a new Facebook page, and we also have a mailing list, so please share, join and come and enjoy some fun and live music with us! We can’t wait to see you.

Clea and Louise

Pandemic pandemonium

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Oh my goodness what a year!

We have missed playing for you all – and so many of you will have ‘grown-up’ and moved on to school! We have endeavoured to keep in touch -but as some of you with eagle eyes will have noticed – our facebook page vanished. We are still trying to figure it out and get a response from the powers that be so that we can have a presence there again.

In the mean time Louise has been kept very busy homeschooling her wrigglers until school reopened. More recently she has enjoyed some work with Glyndebourne Opera and done some socially distanced violin teaching at home with the windows open and anti-bacterial wipes at the ready! Clea has restarted some online work with Hear My Music and although not the same, it is better than no music at all for these young people.

Last week Clea played outside for a Santa Trail with a project supported by Starcatchers. Clea’s daughter Maisie (a former chorister and student at the renowned music school St Marys) enjoyed some work experience as a young performer on the clarinet. They played in the beautiful setting of the Fairy Trail in Lochore County Meadows Park.

As far as Wrigglers goes, we have experimented with an app call ‘Acapella’ which allows us to record and film ourselves separately and then stick our parts together. There are many challenges for us with this process but we managed to share our first Zoom Show early this month to a curious audience! (If you were there please tell us your thoughts and how we might improve your online experience!)

Our incentive for developing Wrigglers was to give your wee ones an engaging, sensory and educational experience. As performers we are used to the response and feedback of an audience to make a rewarding musical experience. However, at the moment this isn’t possible in the same way so we will persevere. Please keep in touch we have things in the pipeline for 2021!

We miss you!

Spring, Summer, Online Autumn.

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It has been a few months since our last blog. Due to lockdown, and all of our planned concerts having to be cancelled back in March, we haven’t really had much to say. However, we have decided to write a brand new online show, and we now have plenty to tell you, so read on!

Back in March, we lost our Facebook page. This has been the main way in which we contact people and keep them informed of what we are up to. We felt it was really important to connect with our community and bring music into people’s lives over lockdown, and the disappearance of our Facebook page has been really frustrating. Despite our contacting Facebook numerous times, we have had no reply from them. Clea even set up a new page with a slightly different name and that was unpublished by Facebook within a week. We have no idea why this has happened but we are hoping that this will be sorted out in the near future. In the meantime we do have our Instagram page, our website and our mailing list so please do follow and sign up to those.

Louise and Clea performing at the Adelaide Fringe last year.

Last month we were featured in an article from the Edinburgh Evening News, which you can find here. There are a couple of inaccuracies in the article; Louise set up the recitals with Clea in 2014 to bring music to the community and into the lives of young children and their carers, not simply to play the violin while looking after her children! We are not a charity – we are a successful small business, and hopefully we can stay that way! We have tried two new avenues to try and contact Facebook, thanks to this article and the response from our supporters. Please do get in touch if you think that you can help.

Clea and Louise at Holyroodhouse last year

Louise was hoping to visit Clea in Edinburgh this month, to record some music and videos, but lockdown in England meant that this was not possible. However, we have been planning alternative ways to create an online concert. We have written a brand new story, which we recorded this week, and we have some new arrangements, hot off the press, to bring to you! We are getting to grips with new technology, and learning many new skills, to make it possible for you to have an interactive live music experience in your own home! Can you tell that we are excited about it?! We will be sending out our newsletter soon, so do join our mailing list to hear all about it.

In other news, Clea was able to travel to Croatia and Bosnia in the summer to work on the summer camps there with children who have additional needs and with the Ulysses theatre company. This year was the 25th anniversary year of the camps and there was a special concert streamed live online from the mountains outside Sarajevo where it was taking place. Due to the travel restrictions there was some uncertainty as to whether the children’s camp would take place at all – but thanks to the efficiency of the Covid testing in Croatia, travel across the border into Bosnia was relatively straightforward and it went ahead – albeit fewer days with fewer children. Footage of the event can be seen here.

Clea has also been involved in work for the NHS creating playlists to help with health in general as well as recovery from Covid. There is very exciting science showing how music affects the mind and body and these playlists help people to feel certain things and promote certain responses. Click here to enjoy some mood-enhancing music.

In June, Clea was invited to play in a special event to commemorate all those who have passed away during the pandemic. There was quite a line up, including Sting – click here for the video.

Louise has been composing lots of new music, including the music for our story. She has written a book of violin pieces as well as some new arrangements and solo violin pieces. She also gave a radio interview on local radio station Brooklands Radio. You can hear Louise talking with Lisa Rollin, and choosing three tracks here (about 15 mins in, but the whole show is full of lovely music!) – listen here!

Louise has also been taking part in the performance protests at Parliament Square, to raise awareness of the plight of the arts and of freelance musicians, many of whom are without support as a direct consequence of Covid-19. You can find out about it here.

We can’t wait to see you again, so please do follow us on Instagram and sign up to our mailing list on our website.

Lots of love

Louise and Clea

Rainy Days

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What a wet February! But what better way to spend those rainy days than inside, in the warm, listening to a concert by Recitals for Wrigglers!

In February we entertained wrigglers both north and south with our first ever programme, The Hare and the Tortoise. The first time we played this programme was in 2014, when Recitals for Wrigglers was established. Louise had recently moved to Edinburgh, found Clea, whom she last met when they were on a summer school in about 1990, and pitched her idea of a concert series aimed directly at babies, toddlers and their carers. Between them, Clea and Louise wrote their first programme, The Hare and the Tortoise, and sold out two concerts in Cramond and Stockbridge. Six years on and eleven programmes later, the series has gone from strength to strength, holding branches in Edinburgh and South West London, having played worldwide; indeed, the last time they played The Hare and the Tortoise was at  the Adelaide Fringe in 2019!

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Louise and Clea performing at the Adelaide Fringe in 2019.

It was a joy to play this programme again, which is packed full of the best tunes ever! I mean, what is better than the sumptuous sound of the Intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana while the rain is falling outside? Audiences in Weybridge, Whitton, Morningside and Linlithgow had the pleasure of listening to this and many other classical gems this February.

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Lou B and Lou D braving the rain at Whitton Library.

Looking forward to March, we have two concerts planned at Stockbridge and The Palace of Holyroodhouse, where Clea and Louise will perform the Jump Into Spring programme, with music from Vivaldi, Bach and many more, alongside the story of The Lonely Duckling. Then we have three more concerts in and around Edinburgh, where Aisling will join Clea in the same programme at Marchmont, Portobello and Linlithgow. You can follow the links at the end of the page to book tickets.

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One of our first ever concerts at Stockbridge Library

Before we know it Easter will be here, and we will have more concerts taking place in the north and the south. Do sign up to our newsletter if you would like to find out about our future concerts.

Wrap up warm and we look forward to wriggling with you soon!

Clea and Louise

MARCH CONCERTS

Jump Into Spring!

Saturday 21st March 10.30am – Stockbridge Library. Book Here!

Sunday 22nd March 11am – Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. Book Here!

Friday 27th March 11am – Marchmont St Giles. Book here!

Sunday 29th March 11am – Tribe Porty, Portobello. Book here!

Sunday 29th March 2pm – Old Pavilion, Linlithgow. Book here!

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to all of our wrigglers and we hope that you had a magical Christmas. It’s a while since we wrote a blog, so here are several months worth in one hit!

We had a fabulous time at the Edinburgh fringe back in August. All of our shows sold really well, particularly at the weekends, and we made the decision to have a day off midweek, which meant that we were free to pack in other people’s shows on our days off! Both Clea and Louise were also performing in the evenings with the fabulous jazz pianist Ron Davis in his show SymphRONica, which made for a busy and fun couple of weeks.

One of the highlights for us was meeting Mr Bell, whose relatives built and named Bell Place at the Colonies in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Bell Place is where Recitals for Wrigglers began and is home to one of our offices. Mr Bell attended one of our fringe concerts and allowed us to photograph both him and his grand-wriggler on the way out. It was really special for us to be able connect with a part of history in this way.

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Mr Bell and his grand-wriggler with Clea at Stockbridge Church.

We also had the pleasure of inviting former wriggler, Oliver Thomson (age 7), to come and play with us. When we began Recitals for Wrigglers in 2014, Oliver was one of our first ever wrigglers, and it was a delight to welcome him back to show off his skills on the flute. He played The Sky Boat Song with us, as a surprise for his grandparents, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on that day, and who had travelled from the USA especially to celebrate with their family in Edinburgh. We were honoured to have been asked to play a part in their special day and Oliver played like a dream!

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Oliver Thomson, our guest performer on the flute, with Louise and Clea

In the Autumn, Clea and Aisling performed a fabulous array of concerts to Edinburgh audiences. Programmes included The Princess and the Pea and our Halloween programme, and they enjoyed wriggling at venues in Linlithgow, Stockbridge, South Queensferry, Marchmont and Portobello.

We also had two performances at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Louise travelled up to Edinburgh from London in September for The Princess and the Pea and Aisling, who is our fabulous local violinist, performed the Christmas programme with Clea in December. We will be returning to the Palace in March with our Spring programme. Ticket details here.

Louise had a very busy Autumn performing with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, which toured throughout the UK. As Louise’s time was very limited, there was only one concert in the south, at the wonderful Little Street in West Byfleet. Louise B and Louise D, our southern team, are looking forward to returning there, and to other venues in London and Surrey, in the Spring.

We are now organising 2020 and concerts in the north and the south, which we hope will start in February. We are also organising ourselves for the Palace recitals and we’re starting to plan for this year’s fringe. New programme or old programme? We have yet to decide. But one thing’s for certain – we couldn’t do it without your support.

Happy New Year and here’s to a wriggle-tastic 2020!

Louise and Clea

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Edinburgh Fringe 2019 highlights. Clockwise from left – Clea and her wriggler queue for a show, Wriggle Around the World, colouring magic, baby’s first steps, SymphRONica, flyering.

Wriggling in the South

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We had a busy month of concerts in June and July as we took our popular Wriggle Around the World programme on a tour of the south of England. It was so fantastic to share our music with new audiences and we had a really positive response.

We began the tour by playing at the Petworth Fringe. This is such a great festival in a beautiful location. We sold out our show and then managed to catch the wonderful singer/storyteller/composer/musician/musical genius Nick Cope. We loved catching up with him again, after performing alongside him last year at the Edinburgh fringe. Louise’s wrigglers loved meeting Nick and his show was as fantastic as ever.

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Lou B and Lou D at Petfringe

Meanwhile in Edinburgh, Clea and Aisling played King Arthur at Stockbridge and Marchmont, before Clea travelled down to Hastings for the next leg of our tour.

Clea and Louise B played two shows at The Beacon in Hastings. The first show sold out a few weeks before and the second sold out on the day, so we had lots of busy wrigglers to entertain! Our hosts Dora, Ben and Judy ensured that everybody had a wonderful time and we really felt that this was a special place to play. Ben Newman is the artist who created our bunny image and he continues to wow us with new designs along the way. We have booked him for some new poster designs in November, when he next has a window in his diary!

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A happy wriggler at Hastings

We then travelled to Dorset for a show at the first ever Broadstone Music Series summer festival. Our host, Alison Kaye, had worked really hard to ensure that the show was a success. She managed to reach a capacity audience with some really fun and lively wrigglers! We thoroughly enjoyed bringing our music to Dorset for the first time, where we saw friendly faces and colleagues from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the audience. We really enjoyed performing here and we hope to be invited back again next year.

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Concert at Broadstone

We then had an early start at Luton, where we had a very small but enthusiastic audience. Luton Central Library is a wonderful venue and we enjoyed playing in the children’s area, in amongst the hundreds of books! There really is a lot going on here and it is well worth visiting this library if you live nearby or are visiting the area.

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Concert at Luton Central Library

Clea then travelled to Croatia to be at a music festival and Louise B and Louise D finished off the week in Chertsey and Twickenham.

We had a really fabulous time and would like to thank all of our audiences in Scotland and England for coming out to wriggle with us!

Next stop is the Edinburgh fringe in August, where we will be playing Wriggle Around the World, featuring music by Eugene Skeef, a train journey by Louise B and the story of The Gingerbread Man. We will also be bringing our show Sail Away to the fringe for the first time, which features music by Paul Englishby and the story of The Toy Soldier, with music by Jeff Moore, which was first written for our sellout run at the Brighton International Festival in 2018.

Thank you for wriggling! See you soon!

Louise and Clea

Now we are Five!

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Can you believe it, but this month marks the fifth anniversary of the first ever Recitals for Wrigglers concert, and what a journey it has been so far!

When Louise first approached Clea with her idea for an interactive live music experience directly aimed at babies and toddlers, she had no idea that it would grow legs and develop into Recitals for Wrigglers as we know it today. Louise was parent to a toddler and had recently relocated to Edinburgh. She had taken her daughter to live music events before, but felt a need for a more direct and interactive approach. There has been much research into the effect of live music on babies and children and Louise wanted to provide an experience that resonated with little ones, rather than being a more distant event which was in danger of becoming background music. Clea, as well as being a remarkable cellist, brought her wealth of educational experience in the world of adults and children with special needs, and together Recitals for Wrigglers was born. We now have eleven programmes, all based on different ideas, images and concepts and we have not finished writing yet, as programme number twelve is in the pipeline! We have worked hard to maintain our initial vision of bringing high quality classical music to the hearts, souls and ears of very small babies and toddlers and their carers by keeping our concerts small, by making them available to local communities, by travelling to them, and by keeping our prices as low as we possibly can.

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One of our first concerts at Stockbridge Library

In May we ‘Danced into Summer’ in the south, with concerts in Twickenham, Weybridge, Chertsey, Barnes, and then travelled up to Edinburgh for a week of concerts in Linlithgow, South Queensferry, East Calder, Marchmont, Portobello and Stockbridge as well as playing at the Kids Out day in Fife. We really enjoyed playing this programme, which features a Scottish ceilidh and a Mexican hat and a chance for parents and carers to play ‘find the baby’!

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We developed this programme into a mini dance workshop, which took place at the stunning Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh this month. We wove dance music from the sixteenth-century into our programme and were taken through dance steps from the period by the lovely Neepa Patel. We all had fun learning the moves and it was a privilege to play in such beautiful surroundings. We look forward to returning to Holyroodhouse for a concert in September.

Currently we are organising concerts in the south and the north. In Edinburgh, Clea will be playing at Marchmont and Stockbridge with violinist Aisling O’Dea, before travelling down south for a mini tour with Louise, featuring two concerts at The Beacon in Hastings, one concert at the Broadstone Summer Festival in Dorset and three concerts at Luton Central Library as part of Luton Culture. Louise B and the cellist Louise D will be playing at the Petworth Fringe on June 30th, and also have concerts planned for July in Chertsey and Twickenham. If you have friends in any of these areas, do tell them about our concerts. See here for more details.

We are also organising our shows for the Edinburgh Fringe in August. We will be playing our sellout show Wriggle Around the World, which features music by the incredible South African musician Eugene Skeef. We will also be bringing our nautical themed programme Sail Away to the fringe for the first time, which features the story of The Toy Soldier, with beautiful music by the very talented composer and violinist Jeff Moore. This programme also has music by our wonderful friend, Paul Englishby, who is a well known TV and film composer, so it will be a treat for all! We can’t wait to share this music with you!

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Jeff Moore and Louise Bevan at a recording session last year.

So, happy birthday to us, but a huge thank you to all of our wonderful audiences past and present for your incredible support in helping this little seed of an idea blossom into the global concert series that you have helped us to evolve. Without your support and encouragement we simply would not exist! Please do continue to spread the word about our concerts. We are always open to new suggestions of where to play, so keep them coming!

See you soon!

Louise and Clea

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Concerts at a Glance

29th June 11am Stockbridge Library, Edinburgh.

30th June 10am Petworth Fringe; Leconfield on Top, Market Square, Petworth.

5th July 11am Marchmont St Giles, Edinburgh.

8th July 11am The Beacon, Hastings. LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING.

8th July 2pm The Beacon, Hastings.

9th July 1.30pm Broadstone Music Series; St John’s Church, 13 Tudor Rd, Dorset.

10th July 10am Luton Central Library, St George’s Square, Luton.

10th July  11.30am Luton Central Library, St George’s Square, Luton.

10th July 2pm Luton Central Library, St George’s Square, Luton.

11th July 10.30am River Bourne Club, Chertsey, Surrey.

12th July 11.45am Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, Twickenham, Middx.

Details for all of these concerts can be found here.

 

EDINBURGH FRINGE

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Wriggle Around the World Book tickets.

Sail Away Book tickets.

 

 

Dance Into Summer!

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Ready to ‘Jump Into Spring’ at Kitson Hall in Barnes.

After ‘Jumping into Spring’ in March and April, we’re now ready to ‘Dance into Summer’ with ten concerts this month in the south of England and around Edinburgh.

We had a great time last month playing our ‘Jump Into Spring’ programme to audiences in London, Surrey and Edinburgh and will be returning to nearly all of those venues in May. We will be playing our programme ‘Dance Into Summer’ which is filled with music from Scotland, Mexico and lots of other dance tunes including waltzes and minuets, as well as our version of the famous fairy tale ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’. So come along and bring your dancing shoes! Book tickets.

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We have some brand new frisbee flyers, which you will see in and around Edinburgh soon. We are hoping that this will help us to reach more audience and will cut down on paper, as these are generic and therefore will never be out of date. They also look beautiful and would make great coffee coasters! We are now on Instagram so if you see our new flyers, take a photo and link it to us there, or post on Twitter or Facebook.

Behind the scenes we are organising a mini-tour of the south in July. We are excited to be returning to Petfringe on June 30 and to be performing at festivals in Dorset and Luton. We will also be playing at Hastings as well as our usual venues in London and Surrey, as well as playing in and around Edinburgh. We will be reaching our fifth anniversary of Recitals for Wrigglers this summer, so what better way to celebrate than to do a UK tour!

Do keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more details of any future concerts or you can receive our newsletter by joining our mailing list.

Bye for now!

Louise and Clea

 

May Concerts at a glance

The South:

22nd 10.45am Twickenham Library

22nd 1.30pm Weybridge Library

24th 10.30am Chertsey

24th 1pm Barnes

 

Scotland:

27th 11am Linlithgow

28th 11am South Queensferry

30th 11.30am East Calder

31st 11am Marchmont

31st 2pm Portobello

1st June 11am Stockbridge

Book Tickets.

 

Petworth Fringe Sunday 30th June 10am Book Tickets

Luton Culture Wednesday 10th July 10am, 11.30am, 2pm. Visit site

Edinburgh Fringe Aug 10-24 Visit site

Wrigglers Down Under

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We’re back in the UK, following a trip to Australia, and Spring has finally arrived!

March was an exciting month for us, as we made our Australian debut, playing at the world famous Adelaide Fringe Festival. We had been planning the trip for six months, liaising with the fringe team and venues down under on a daily basis, not to mention booking our flights and completing the necessary contracts and official paperwork. Finally in March our plans were put into action!

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Our office at 33,000 feet.

We had a fantastic time in Adelaide. We narrowly escaped temperatures of 40C the previous week, and instead experienced temperatures in the high twenties, which was hot enough for us! We arrived late on March 7 and the following morning, battling jet lag, made use of Adelaide’s fantastically efficient train and tram infrastructure, which got us to our first venue, The Bally at Gluttony. We were relieved that our banners had arrived in one piece on the flight with us. Clea’s sister, who was also our host, had collected some fabulous instruments for our wrigglers to play and had helped to spread the word about our concerts. It was great to see that our posters had been distributed, as instructed from over 10,000 miles away! Our fantastic technician, Kane Amos, was there to meet us and help us with our get in (or ‘bump in’ as the Australians call it!) and to help the shows to run smoothly.

The Bally was a great space to play in and we really enjoyed being part of the Gluttony family! Rymill Park is a vibrant area during the festival, with lots of shows happening in many venues, at all times of the day and night. We were extremely lucky to be able to see a handful of brilliant shows for free, courtesy of our Artist’s passes. We played nine shows at The Bally over the weekend. We didn’t have to change much about our shows, in terms of content, as we found that our music and concepts were just as relevant in Australia, and we found that our Australian audience knew many of the same nursery rhymes as our UK audiences and were just keen to join in! The only small differences were in our Lion and the Mouse programme, where some of our British birds were not known in Australia. We learnt a lot about Australian wildlife and our audience learnt a lot about British wildlife, which made it a fun cultural exchange!

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The Lion and the Mouse at The Bally

We had a day off to explore the McLaren Vale, famous for wineries (for research purposes of course – and for Louise’s birthday!) before taking two of our shows to the suburbs. We enjoyed exploring Burnside Library, which is a lovely big space with a large children’s area, and even has a toy library! Norwood was a nice area and we had some really great audiences at our concerts in Don Pyatt Hall. We also enjoyed playing at the vibrant Holden Street Theatre, whose productions won several awards and earned some great reviews.

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One of our happy audience members at Gluttony

When we returned to Gluttony the following weekend, we took part in the family day and were filmed for the venue’s promotional video. By this stage we had received a really glowing four star review from the Adelaide Advertiser, so we set about adding the four star stickers to our posters. Following ten fantastic days in Adelaide, and twenty one concerts, we flew back to the UK. We enjoyed it so much and learnt a lot, and we hope to return to Adelaide in 2020 (fingers crossed!).

Louise B flew back to London for a concert with Louise D (our southern based cellist) at the lovely role play café Little Street in West Byfleet. We entertained a lovely audience with our The Lion and the Mouse programme and afterwards they were able to stay and play.

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Concert at Little Street in West Byfleet

It’s so important to support small businesses like Little Street, and this has been highlighted by the closure of the soft play centre Kids ‘n Action in Berkshire last week. At Recitals for Wrigglers, we try to provide the most enjoyable and interactive experience, therefore we choose to play a smaller venue, rather than a large hall. Taking our concerts into the local community is paramount to us. It is wonderful small businesses like this which provide an essential service to the local community and for us we can share our music in the local area by performing here. We hope that you will support local businesses by visiting them, giving them a shout out and telling your friends about them!

Louise B travelled up to Edinburgh to play with Clea at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, followed by a trip to the seaside, playing at Tribe Porty in Portobello! This was the launch of this year’s Jump into Spring series which continued at Tots Spot Cafe in East Calder and Marchmont St Giles, with Aisling taking over on violin as Louise B flew back to London.

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Arriving at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

The series continues in the south in April and includes concerts at Twickenham Library, Kitson Hall Barnes and Weybridge Library, and in Edinburgh at Stockbridge Church. You can find out about our concerts here.

Meanwhile, we are organising our next concert series, as well as an exciting return visit to Holyroodhouse. We are also arranging a mini tour of the south as well as finalising our Edinburgh Fringe programmes, so keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest information, or to receive our newsletters, why not join our mailing list.

Bye for now!

Louise and Clea