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Wow! What a month!

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Following a fun packed week of Spring concerts in March, I moved 400 miles away and am now officially a southerner again! Clea is still based in Edinburgh and she and our Marketing Consultant and programmer, Emma, are busy working on our forthcoming concert schedule, while I (and my merry team of helpers!) unpack boxes.  
 We are planning a full week of recitals in May and June, in and around Edinburgh, and over in Fife, playing our ‘Dance into Summer’ programme. This is a really lovely programme packed full of dance music, ballet music, folk dances – a whole selection of dance music to wriggle and boogie too. We always have great fun performing this programme! I will be working on some new arrangements from afar, while Clea and Emma organise bookings and work on publicity more locally. Alongside our regular venues in Stockbridge, Marchmont and South Queensferry, we will be visiting brand new venues in Linlithgow and Fife. We loved our day trip over the water to North Queensferry back in February, so in May we will be visiting Dunfermline, Aberdour and Dalgety Bay. If you have friends in Fife, do tell them! We will also be returning to venues such as Morningside Parish Church and Portobello Community Centre, which are not always free when we want them to be! For a full list of our concerts, you can sign up to our newsletter here; http://wordpress.us11.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=c320d409eb77a885fa5aa30d2&id=1fb1202816

Clea with one of our younger wrigglers!
Our Edinburgh Fringe shows are shaping up nicely and it is set to be an exciting week performing two different programmes in two seperate venues. We will be whizzing between Stockbridge Church and Summerhall to bring to you our ‘Wriggle Around the World’ and ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ programmes, both of which we are tweaking and rewriting for the occasion! It’s going to be a lot of fun! Clea is also busy putting together an orchestral concert during the same week, which we will both be playing in, featuring the jazz trumpeter Ryan Quigley. The concert is to raise money for the charity SAWA, which you can read more about here; http://www.sdaid.org/

Although my trusty violin, computer and I will be in the south, my heart will be in Edinburgh as we put the finishing touches to our programmes, and I am looking forward to travelling up for a bit of Scottish air (and weather!)! In the not too distant future I will be establishing ‘Recitals for Wrigglers South’, so if you have friends in the Surrey, Berkshire or London areas, why not forward our blog/Facebook page to them. Here is a link to find out about ‘Recitals for Wrigglers South’; http://eepurl.com/bYrSon

Don’t forget to check our Facebook page for details of our ‘Dance into Summer’ programme in May/June, which promises to be a fun and busy week! Right…on with the unpacking. Now where did I put the tea bags?! 

 

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More than the radio!

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It was really fun to bring a brand new programme to you last month. ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ seems to have been a success! So much so that we’ve decided to bring it to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. We will also be repeating our sell out ‘Wriggle Around the World’ programme and playing it twice a day! – once in Stockbridge Church and then across town in the fabulous Summerhall. It will be a busy week!

We are enjoying this week of our spring programme. It’s quite a virtuosic recital for us – Louise is put through her paces in Vivaldi’s famous Spring concerto and I play Saint-Saens’ melodic Swan from the Carnival of the Animals. It is a real privilege to bring this music to new ears and fascinating, as ever, to see the viseral reaction from the wrigglers to this emotive classical music.

We don’t make a point of  ‘educating’ our listeners but there is no doubt that by introducing young children to live music that is acoustically played there are physical, mental and emotional developmental occurances that take place and enhance all types of learning. As well as playing professionally I have spent the past twenty years working with children and adults, many with additional support needs, through music. Louise’s idea to begin Recitals for Wrigglers was the perfect addition to my portfolio cv and the response and engagement from our audience confirms everything I have come to know about the power of music.

In 2007 I returned to university to do an MSc in Music in the Community. This came at an exciting time in the development of brain-scanning where we were able to see the effects of music on the brain. The knock on effect from brain to body is now evidenced and science shows proof of how certain music can aid physical movement, improve breathing, cognitive function, memory, pain relief and much more.

By giving children and adults a high quality musical experience in our recitals we hope our listeners feel something more than having the radio on in the background!

Fantastic February

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The Hare and the Tortoise was the theme of last week and we launched our February concerts with a a debut in Portobello, catching a glimpse of the sea from the Community Centre, known locally as the Wash House. We loved playing here and are already planning a return trip. We also tested the abilities of Twitter to reach our audience and were delighted to link up with photographer Anna Moffat in this way. Anna took some gorgeous photos throughout the concert and kindly let us use some of them here. The following day we ventured across the bridge to North Queensferry. It was a beautiful day and the views from the Community Centre were stunning. So too were the audience and we will definitely be revisiting Fife for a concert. Next was one of our all time favourite venues, Stockbridge Library. The staff here are amazing and always go out of their way to ensure that our concerts here are a success, both from our perspective and that of the audience. From promoting us, to buggy park managing, Stockbridge Library seem to do everything with a smile on their faces and we love the happy audience that show up.

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Behind the scenes we are working hard on our brand new programme ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ which will premier in Marchmont on February 22 and continue for the remainder of the week in Stockbridge Church, South Queensferry and Morningside. We enjoy discovering new pieces and many hours go into planning and researching a new programme before we even put pen to paper, so to speak. We are always very diligent when it comes to ensuring that any music that we arrange is in the public domain. Generally this means that the composer must have died more than seventy years ago. Sometimes this means finding a piece of music that is perfect for our concert, only to discover that we are not allowed to arrange it. We have at least four new arrangements that have made it past the scrutiny of UK copyright laws and while Clea is away working in Orkney, Louise is busy arranging a few more gems. Next week it will be ‘all systems go’ as we rehearse the new programme and create our story (much of which will be subject to some late night reworking and re-jigging!), before trying it all out on our in-house wrigglers. Fingers crossed that they give us the thumbs up!

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As always, we have the fabulous Emma Walker keeping us on track and programming future concerts for us. We have been trying to organise a concert in Linlithgow for a few months now – apologies if Linlithgoers think we’ve forgotten about them. This is not the case, we can assure you! Coordinating our diaries with a busy venue’s diary can sometimes be really frustrating. We will keep trying. However, we will be playing in Torphichen in March, which is not a million miles away, so we hope to see some Linlithgow folk there. Emma is also trying venues in Fife, so we hope to be able to nip over the bridge again for one of our Spring concerts. Watch our Facebook page or sign up to our newsletter for more details (recitalsforwrigglers@gmail.com).

Keep your comments coming on Facebook and do tell your friends about us. We love to welcome new wrigglers. See you soon and keep wriggling!

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year Wrigglers!

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Dear families – welcome back!  We hope you have had a wonderful break with lots of tasty things to eat and drink. Louise had a relaxing time thanks to parents and brother coming to stay and helping out with her bairns. Clea had a slightly busier time – popping off to Bosnia to get married on New Years Eve! – Just call her Mrs Simić-Friend!

We’ve been putting together a new programme for February – the theme is Sun, Moon and Stars. All our professional lives we have believed the Mozart wrote ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ – and have informed you of the same fact – but, shock horror, last night we discovered that the melody is actually an old French tune! Mozart wrote twelve variations (we will play some for you) based on that melody but not the original theme. Apologies for the mis-information – don’t sue us!!

Keep an eye on facebook for dates of our next block. We will also be visiting some new venues soon….

Clea and Louise

 

Merry Christmas!

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Well, we’re feeling wonderfully festive following our week of Christmas concerts! The sparkling array of Christmas jumpers and gorgeous costumes enhanced the twinkly programme of Christmas music, and the wonderful percussion sections would make you believe that Rudolph had arrived already!  

We sold out at Morningside, Stockbridge and South Queensferry and were near capacity at Cramond. South Queensferry was our first ever afternoon concert and we were able to use the bigger hall, which was great! 

Our doorperson, Kirsten, came down with a sickness bug which unfortunately saw her take to her bed until the final concert in Stockbridge. She is an enormous help to us, both backstage and on the door, and she was greatly missed. Luckily, our wriggler audiences are honest folk and latecomers were able to pay at the end. However, we enjoyed the chance to personally welcome concert-goers! 

 

As always Emma Walker, our Marketing Consultant and programmer, worked busily behind the scenes, booking venues, preparing our newsletter and reserving tickets. We love it when she samples what she is promoting, as she did at Cramond. Her little boy thought that our singing was wonderful; I’m glad that the six years I spent at Music College learning the violin paid off!     

 We had a few cancellations, due to the closure of the Forth Road Bridge, of which Ratho was hit hardest. We love the intimacy of Honeypot Ceramics studio and our audience, which included several of Santa’s elves, were amazing listeners!

 Great news that the bridge is due to reopen shortly as it is a lifeline to many people. We are planning a Fife concert in the new year, so will be wriggling across the water! 

Thank you for your fantastic support this year! We wish all of our Wrigglers, big and small, a fabulous Christmas and we look forward to more concerts in 2016! 
  

  

Pumpkins and Princesses

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We had a fantastic week of Halloween concerts, with some very spookily dressed Wrigglers! Mini pumpkins, skeletons, ghosts and vampires (and their Mums, Dads and carers!) joined us in Balerno, Stockbridge, South Queensferry and Morningside for a programme of Halloween-inspired music. We loved this programme and had a lot of fun putting it together and performing it. We almost sold out in South Queensferry but were able to run another show straight afterwards; a first for us! We were grateful to Queensferry Parish Church for enabling us to do this. 

 Next stop was The Princess and the Pea in brand new venues, with several brand new arrangements! Our week began in Marchmont, where the audience braved the gales to attend. We very much enjoyed performing in this hall, and the fabulous Butterflies Cafe ensured that the audience could warm up with a cuppa! Cheers!  

 On Tuesday we played at the fabulous Honey Pot Ceramics –    http://www.honeypotceramics.com a venue that we had a lot of fun in (and didn’t manage to break anything!)! The weather again was pretty awful, but that didn’t deter our audience of Wrigglers, who dried out and warmed up in the cosy studio. Many of our audience members had fun painting and decorating items made in the studio (as did Louise and her Wrigglers!). Juliet from Honey Pot Ceramics was a wonderful host and we can’t wait to play in her fantastic studio again!

 After a private visit to Dalmeny Nursery, the final concert of the week was at Leith Library, a wonderful building with very helpful staff. Unfortunately there wasn’t any sunshine, but our audience of attentive Wrigglers thoroughly brightened up the day!  

 
So now we can relax? Not yet! Today we performed to MUSAC, a wonderful community group in Livingston who blew us away with their foot stomping to Brahms! Our lovely, and efficient, marketing consultant, Emma Walker, has been busy behind the scenes programming our Christmas concerts, which will be announced in the next few days, so watch out for details. So it’s time for us to dust off the tinsel and get festive!

Keep Wriggling!

Halloween week!

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Following Louise’s graduation this weekend (clever girl) we ran through our programme to her parents!! We can’t believe that it’s a whole year since we played this recital. We really enjoyed revisiting it – there are lots of visual gags and some fabulous music.

It has been tricky getting ticket sales in areas a bit further afield. Balerno being one which isn’t selling so well. If any of our readers have contact or ideas we’d love to hear from you.

We received great news from the Edinburgh Fringe office – we can use the ‘SOLD OUT’ logo for our next Fringe outing! Quite an achievement considering it was our first year. Thank you all for supporting it.

Wonderful Emma has been a great help with this block and preparing a set of recitals next month in brand new venues – we can’t wait to meet new wrigglers!

As ever, we rely on your support, ideas and word of mouth to make sure we can entertain as many little folk, and their carers, as possible!

Keep in touch – see you this week somewhere around Edinburgh!