Welcome to our brand new series – Monthly Recommended Listening! We know from experience that there are many different ways of inspiring children with music, however, we believe there is no better way to first experience the joys of music than listening.
Each month, The Strings Club Head Office will select and list a few of our favourite classical music for you and your child alongside some fun facts and easy clicks to locate the piece on either YouTube or Spotify.
The fun times and sunny days of summer is slowly coming to a close and it’s nearly time to get your child ready for another school year – but don’t worry – we’ve found some of the most uplifting pieces of music to banish those blues!
Here are some of the most joyous pieces to help brighten your day and ones your child will love too!
1) William Tell Overture, Gioachino Rossini
This piece of music is one of the most recognisable classical music tunes of all time. “William Tell” was Rossini’s last opera, written when he was 37 years old. Did you know that Rossini chose to retire at this age and instead, became famous for his cooking skills?
2) The Marriage of Figaro Overture, W. A. Mozart
In one of his most well-known operas, the madness of “The Marriage of Figaro” takes place on a single summer’s day, and Mozart sets the pace in the Overture. Can you hear any elements of summer within the music? Apparently, the opera was such a hit that the emperor requested a private performance all for himself.
3) Jupiter, the Bringer of Jolity, “The Planets”, Gustav Holst
We can’t not go without mentioning Holst’s Jupiter. Can you listen to this piece without humming along with the famous melody? Written between 1914-1916, Holst’s “The Planets” represents the planets of the Solar System and their corresponding astrological character. Did you know that when Sir Adrian Boult introduced “The Planets” to the general public at a concert in 1919, he gave only five of the seven movements as he thought they would not be able to cope with the full work?
Is your child ready to move onto the next stage, but not sure which instrument to start on?
Why not come along to one of our Discovery Days where your child can try their hand at playing ukulele, violin and guitar and receive two 20-minute lessons for free!