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.
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
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
Ben Newman ( Recitals for Wrigglers Artist)
Ben Newman Illustration