Recommended listening – Halloween edition

Welcome back to our Monthly Recommended Listening!

Every month, we are here to help you inspire your child with some season-appropriate classical pieces. Listening to music is not only enjoyable but is also beneficial in development many skills including coordination and self-confidence that will continue to be useful for your child throughout their lives.

This month, The Strings Club Head Office team has gathered for you the best ‘spooky’ pieces of music alongside some fun facts and links to YouTube and Spotify to celebrate Halloween!

1) Toccata and Fugue in d minor, J.S. Bach

Bach’s Toccata and Fugue is one of the most well-known pieces of music associated with Halloween. This spooky organ piece fits in perfectly with the season with its creepy sounds, imitating the sound of creaking boards and ghosts.

Listen to Toccata and Fugue on YouTube or Spotify.

2) Piano Sonata No.2: III. ‘Funeral March’, Frederic Chopin

Chopin’s iconic ‘Funeral March’ which appeared in the 1830s as the third movement in his Piano Sonata No. 2 was first performed at Chopin’s own funeral. The work imitates the solemn pace of a funeral procession – an exceptionally beautiful yet haunting piece.

Listen to Piano Sonata No.2 on YouTube or Spotify.

3) Symphonie fantastique: Fifth movement, Hector Berlioz

‘The Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath’ is the fifth movement from Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. It depicts the scene of demons and sorcerers gathered to celebrate the Sabbath night. Listen closely – Can you hear the bells ringing towards the middle of the piece?

Listen to Symphonie fantastique on YouTube or Spotify.

What next?

If you would like to help to inspire your child through music why not join us at our Holiday Camps this Half Term?

Our Holiday Camps for children aged 4-11 are running for the whole week at October Half Term (from 22nd Oct in London & 29th in Birmingham) with half days from £20. If you’d like to find out more give us a call on 0121 296 9204 or take a look at our Holiday Camps page.

 

 

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Creative Workshops not to be missed!

Following the success of our Summer Holiday Camps, we are rolling smoothly on a high into Autumn, bringing plenty of magic, light and celebration. This is no time to hibernate, as we have got a week packed full of fun as we celebrate Diwali, Black British History, Day of the Dead and much much more.

Monday – Diwali

There is no time to shiver and frown, it’s time to get active, keep warm and turn that frown upside down. In a cooler and darker season what better way to celebrate than Diwali, the festival of light. This wonderful South Asian festival promises plenty of sensory delights.

Tuesday – Vivaldi

Rumour has it that this very talented C18th classical baroque composer’s favourite season was Autumn, so what better time to celebrate this Italian composers humble beginnings, musical journey and philanthropic work. The children will have the opportunity to listen and perform to Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’.

Wednesday – Black British Celebrations

October is Black History Month, unfortunately black british history is not taught on our school curriculum and it’s so important to celebrate those who have not only paved the way for a better and brighter future, but it’s also great to acknowledge those who have achieved and made great contributions. In this celebratory session the children will have the opportunity to learn about Malorie Blackman (Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015), Sheku Kanneh-Mason (British cellist who won the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award) and we’ll even be crafting our way to carnival. Team work makes the dream work!

Thursday – Day of the Dead

What better way to celebrate our loved ones, as we go on a magical journey to the afterlife. The children will have the opportunity to learn about this sacred Mexican holiday through singing, dancing, drama and arts and crafts. We will be resurrecting the 2017 Disney fantasy film Coco to bring this afternoon’s activities to life.

Friday – The Strings Club Birthday Party!

The Strings Club turned 6 years old earlier this year and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to celebrate. In true birthday style we will be going all out! There will be opportunities for the children to make their own birthday hats and garlands, plenty of party games and music to last a lifetime.

Our Holiday Camps for children aged 4-11 are running for the whole week at October Half Term (from 22nd Oct in London & 29th in Birmingham) with half days from £20. If you’d like to find out more give us a call on 0121 296 9204 or take a look at our Holiday Camps page.

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Meet the UK’s best childcare professionals

Sending your child to a Holiday Camp for the first time is a big deal. We’re parents. We know that.

You want to know they will be looked after in the same manner they would at home. That they settle quickly. That way they will be comfortable enough to be themselves, take part in all the activities and have lots of fun.

Here at The Strings Club we are super proud of the amazing people that run every Holiday Camp – the UK’s best childcare professionals.

And we do mean AMAZING! They are professionally trained, kind and caring people who are amazing with kids. That’s why 100% of children said they would recommend our Camps to their friends. Can’t say fairer than that!

 

 

Fanny, Camp Manager

“I am an actress with a big passion for theatre and the performing arts. I’ve been teaching for the past 10 years now and am specialised in early years.

​I can’t wait to see children who’ve been to the camp before and also meet new faces! Camps are such a great opportunities to make new friends, and play together. It’s really important to me that everyone feel part of the group. Encouraging children to talk to someone new or to be praised for being good are the two things I like to concentrate on. The camp must make everyone feel amazing and have fun!”

 

Edouard, Camp Assistant

“I studied at Trinity College of Music in London with Hu Kun and my did my Chamber Music studies under the late Sandor Devich. I’ve also played alongside the Smith Quartet and the Brodsky Quartet.

I have been a soloist in the March 2015 Beethoven Violin concerto in D with the Amati Orchestra. I also played with Sir Yehudi Menuhin in a concert to celebrate the opening of the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens. My most enjoyable achievement is anytime a pupil is able to do something they believed was unattainable or really difficult.”

 

Our Holiday Camps for children aged 4-11 are running for the whole week at October Half Term (from 22nd Oct in London & 29th in Birmingham) with half days from £20. If you’d like to find out more give us a call on 0121 296 9204 or take a look at our Holiday Camps page.

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Inspire your child through music – for free!

Our Discovery Days are the perfect way to ignite your child’s love of music.

We introduced them in 2016 to enable families to help their children explore stringed instruments. And we did that because being parents ourselves we understand that choosing an instrument for your child to learn can be a difficult and expensive process.

That’s why at a Discovery Day your child will be able to try out two new instruments of their choice and experience two 20 minute lessons – all for free!

Inspirational and interactive

Taking place at central venues across the country our Discovery Days provide a wonderfully interactive introduction to stringed instruments, an memorable and inspirational performance from our professional teachers, and two 20 minute lessons on ukulele, violin or guitar.

Want to get involved? Here’s what’s coming up next:

Saturday 20th October

Crouch EndPicture House, N8; 1.30pm – 2.30pm

 

Saturday 27th October

BirminghamSymphony Hall, B1; 11am – 12pm

 

We look forward to seeing you there soon!

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Introduce the love of music to your school

This amazing opportunity is open for all schools in the West Midlands and London.

Our mission is to inspire as many children through music as possible. We’re aiming for 25k in 2018 and your school can be involved!

Simply fill out our web form  to tell us your name, your child’s name and the name of their school – and we will do the rest!

The Strings Club is perfectly placed within the music education sector to offer high quality music services for primary schools through a range of programmes including:

  • after-school clubs
  • whole class programmes
  • small group learning

From September 2018 onwards, we will be offering our popular after-school clubs for only £3 per pupil.

See our School Music Support Service Music Lessons for Schools website or see  our new brochure online.

Limited places are available so please get in touch soon!

Nominate your child’s school today

#TipTuesday – autumnal recommended listening

Did you know that listening to music is not only enjoyable but is also beneficial in developing many skills including coordination and self-confidence that will continue to be useful for your child throughout their lives?

Every month, we are here to help you inspire your child with some season-appropriate classical pieces through our Recommended Listening.

This month, The Strings Club Head Office team has come up with a list of classical music alongside some fun facts and links to YouTube and Spotify to celebrate the season of the golden leaves and misty mornings.

1) The Four Seasons “Autumn”, Antonio Vivaldi

Vivaldi’s “The Fours Seasons” were written to portray the events and emotions of the seasons. This set of movements in particular celebrates the harvest season with uplifting songs and dances. The final movement also illustrates a scene of brave hunters!

Listen to The Four Seasons “Autumn” on YouTube or Spotify.

2) Les Saisons “September: The Hunt”, Pyotr Tchaikovsky

The Russian composer’s “Les Saisons” is a set of twelve short character pieces for piano. His “September: The Hunt” portrays the hunters in their hunting dress mounted on their horses. Can you hear the horses galloping?

Listen to Les Saisons “September: The Hunt” on YouTube or Spotify.

3) Herbstrosen, Josef Strauss

The Strauss family was known for making dance music fashionable in the early 19th century, taking Vienna in particular by storm. Josef Strauss, the brother of Johann Strauss II, went on to write 283 compositions, including his Herbstrosen (‘The Autumn Rose’) in 1867.

Listen to Herbstrosen on YouTube or Spotify.

What next?

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, all for free! Here’s what’s coming up next:

Saturday 20th October

Islington – St Andrew’s School, N1; 11am – 12pm

Saturday 27th October

BirminghamSymphony Hall, B1; 11am – 12pm

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Your 4 year old will thrive at Holiday Camp

Do you have a 4 year old? Are they new to Holiday Camps? A little shy?

We’re set up to help all EYFS children boost confidence, learn skills and make friends at our multi award-winning Holiday Camps.

Earlier this year we were delighted to announce that all children aged 4 are able to attend for the whole day, 8am – 5.45pm.

Over the summer we had an influx of children in pre-school nursery aged 4 all at the start of their musical journey. We made lots of new friends and everyone had a wonderful time.

We are able to offer this at every Holiday Camp and next up is October Half Term!

Here’s why we are a great choice for pre-schoolers…

EYFS focused

Unlike other childcare providers we are fully Ofsted registered, which means we are working in partnership with Ofsted and their guidelines to deliver the highest quality EYFS focused childcare. Read more about what Ofsted registered means and the important ‘Moving On Up’ document for all 4 year olds.

Children flourish at our Holiday Camps

Your child will learn skills, make new friends, and build confidence each day they attend and every element of the day is designed to assist their development and help them fulfil their potential. Read more about our 4 key areas of development.

Your little one will love Autumnal Celebrations week

Most importantly your child will have the time of their lives at Camp. We’ve got an incredible workshops exploring a diverse line up of cultural celebrations! Read more about our Black History, Diwali and Day of the Dead Creative Workshops and our Birthday Party Celebrations!

Help them settle – bring a friend for free

If you have a child aged 4 who has not started reception yet and you think they will enjoy the day more with some familiar company why not bring their best friend – for free! All you have to do is give us a call in the office on 0121 296 9204 with both child’s details and we will get them booked on. Simple as that.

Our Holiday Camps for children aged 4-11 are running for the whole week at October Half Term (from 22nd Oct in London & 29th in Birmingham) with half days from £20. If you’d like to find out more give us a call on 0121 296 9204 or take a look at our Holiday Camps page.

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Would your school like a free music assembly?

Does your child love music? Would your school like a free assembly?

We are offering you the chance to nominate your child’s school for a memorable and interactive 20 mins free assembly led by one of our top string teachers!

Simply fill out our web form  to tell us your name, your child’s name and the name of their school – and we will do the rest!

The Strings Club is perfectly placed within the music education sector to offer high quality music services for primary schools through a range of programmes including:

  • after-school clubs
  • whole class programmes
  • small group learning

From September 2018 onwards, we will be offering our popular after-school clubs for only £3 per pupil.

See our School Music Support Service Music Lessons for Schools website or see  our new brochure online.

Limited places are available so please get in touch soon!

Nominate your child’s school today

We love Sutton Coldfield – find out what’s next

The Strings Club love Sutton Coldfield!

We’ve been in B75 for 2 years now and have gone from strength to strength making loads of new friends along the way. This summer was our 5th event of 2018 and the best yet!

We’re very lucky to have a fantastic venue partner – Mere Green Primary School.

Mere Green Primary School and The Strings Club share a lot of common values – we are driven to ‘make a difference’ to children, through support, nurture and trust. The partnership has been very fruitful and we are very excited to continue our relationship beyond 2018 – we don’t want to be anywhere else!

The school will be undergoing some essential maintenance during October Half Term so we’re looking ahead to Easter when we will be back in B75 with our multi award-winning musical experiences for children.

If you’d like to hear more about what we offer you can take a look at our What We Offer pages for Term Time Courses and Holiday Camps. Or why not sign up to our newsletter?

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Last chance to book a Course for 12 months

The window to book a Course for 2018/19 is closing on Friday this week. This year our intake will only be during September. If you are interested in weekly music lessons then please get in touch asap otherwise it will be 12 months before we can help your child to #LearnToPlay!

What makes our Courses different?

We run our Term Time Courses because we know from experience that engaging in music has a powerful impact on a child’s life, everything from developing skills, building confidence and boosting educational attainment.

The great news is that every child enrolled with us will achieve great things through either our very own ‘Minis Awards’ or  Music Medals – part of our special partnership with the Royal Schools of Music.

Courses follow the school calendar with three terms per year with children achieving their awards together in the Summer term and graduating to the next level.

Interested in weekly music lessons? Give us a call on 0121 296 9204 or read more about our Term Time Courses in our What We Offer section of our website.

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