Classical Music Workshops For Children And Teenagers

NEW: Music Across The Centuries

with Hartmut Richter (violin) and Stephen Baron (piano)
An entertaining programme of violin-piano music including sonata movements by Bach, Beethoven, Franck and Debussy.
The music is drawn together in a discussion of the development of musical styles – their forms, their dynamic range, the approach to pulse, range of moods, key, and the development of the instruments. This 40 minute workshop provides a real insight into classical music from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Suitable for pupils from year 7 upwards.

Beethoven – Sonata for Violin and Piano Op.12 No.3 Rondo


With Hartmut Richter (violin) and Stephen Baron (piano)
mozart A workshop for older children (8-18) looking at the development of Mozart’s musical style and his life. Three violin sonatas will be played from different periods in his life, including also the popular alla turca piano sonata and some excerpts from his last opera, the Magic Flute.



A workshop for children from 2 to 6. A concert of Chopin’s life and music with children listening to the music, dancing, dressing up as Chopin, his three sisters, his two girlfriends (all in professionally designed bonnets of the time), playing percussion and acting out episodes from Chopin’s life. Workshop includes Waltzes, Mazurkas, Polonaises, Preludes, including the famous Minute Waltz and the Raindrop Prelude, all performed live. Well-tuned piano or keyboard needed, but can also import keyboard. Duration 40 minutes.


with Hartmut Richter (violin) and Stephen Baron (piano)
Ludwig van Beethoven

An inter-active workshop for Y1-Y4 children giving a rounded picture of the composer’s violin and piano music as well as a colourful background to his life and life’s struggles. The workshop includes a full performance of Beethoven’s violin sonata op.12 no.3, and opportunities to take part in the music, act out episodes from his life, and enjoy the music in several art/dance pre-workshop activities.


with Hartmut Richter (violin) and Stephen Baron (piano)


Brahms (1833-97)

A workshop/concert for Y7-Y13. A guide to this unique composer who was to become one of the most popular musicians of his time, despite his highly individual approach to music – much of it rooted in the music of his German forbears, Beethoven and Bach. A performance of the A major violin sonata will form the centrepiece of the workshop with his Hungarian Dances and other music by his arch-rival, Liszt and Paganini.


with Stephen Baron – piano
The well-known story of the lovable elephant who arrives in a town, is befriended by an old lady, and begins an urban life before returning to the forest where he is crowned King of the Elephants. Music by Francis Poulenc with dance, drama, percussion for the audience. Suitable for Y1-4s.


with Stephen Baron  (piano)
Mussorgsky’s fabulous piano cycle written to remember his artist friend, Hartmann, with each of the pictures set as a mini-drama for pupils to act out. Amazing costumes abound! Suitable for Y4-7s.


with Stephen Baron – (piano)
A dip into the life and music of Haydn, looking at his irrepressible humour, his highly entertaining life, and music, which always keeps his audiences buoyant. Y1-4 and Y4-7: with instrumental performance opportunities for older children.


with Stephen Baron – (piano)
A story from the Finnish national epic, Kalevala, set to piano music by Debussy. Suitable for Y1-4.


with Eva Caballero (flute) and Stephen Baron (piano)
For children up to 7 years old. One of the most evocative piece of music, Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune also boasts arguably, the greatest flute solo in the whole classical repertoire. The French painter Boucher inspired the Symbolist poet Mallarme who in turn inspired Debussy. A mini-drama of the Faun befriending two nymphs who reject him, will be part of the workshop which will also include dance and art projects. Music by Debussy and other Frenchmen will accompany.


– The French flute with Eva Caballero (flute) and Stephen Baron (piano): a workshop/concert for Y7-Y13 pupils
The French have had a very close relationship with the flute over several centuries. It could be that the sound of the flute is particularly suited to the light dance-like qualities of much French music. This workshop will explore the French associations with the flute, with Eva playing a fine sonorous wooden flute, rather than the more raucous-sounding silver flutes commonly used today.

Our programme takes in music from the 19th Century, starting with Saint-Saens and Faure, and then focussing on one of the greatest flute pieces ever written: Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the afternoon of the faun), a highly evocative piece which tells of a faun – half-goat, half-human sleeping in a forest, awakening to find two nymphs who he tries to befriend, only to be rejected by them. This will be the centrepiece of our programme.

There will be opportunities for pupils to act out the Faun story (it was originally choreographed by Diaghilev and his Russian Ballets with Nijinsky taking the lead role). We will also explore Debussy’s very special modern approach to music, already in 1890s seeing music as sound rather than melody and harmony. A short project for pupils could focus on two scales he adopted: the whole-tone scale and the pentatonic both of which were to take music away from its traditional major/minor key foundations. Also the famous Submerged Cathedral piano prelude could be an opporrtunity for instrumentalists among your pupils to participate in a performance.

The programme will conclude with the highly individual approach to harmony and melody found in Poulenc – his flute sonata reflects new expressive possibilites of traditional harmony combined with an inexhaustible melodic talent.