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.
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’!
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!
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
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.
Wriggle Around the World Book tickets.
Sail Away Book tickets.