Children’s fairy-tale art is featured by Philharmonic

Children's fairy-tale art is featured by Philharmonic
Children's fairy-tale art is featured by Tonbridge Philharmonic Orchestra

TPO performed Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church in Tonbridge on Saturday [February 22], along with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.

The parish church hosted an outreach programme for children to explore the themes of the Russian composer’s work the previous weekend.

Organiser Philippa Burbidge said: “Mussorgsky created a whole magical world where bells toll, gnomes and witches lurk in forests and castles disappear in the mists.

“We wanted children to come and create their very own Mussorgsky-inspired picture to be displayed at the concert.”

The young artists listened to extracts from the piece on the cello, flute, piano, French horn and saxophone at the church while they created their pieces.

Members of the orchestra played specially arranged extracts from Mussorgsky’s popular work, including the Promenade, The Old Castle, Baba Yaga and The Gate of Kiev.

The Wheels on Debussy, set up by Louise Knight and Fiona Sharp in 2015, provides classical music experiences for children and their carers in a relaxed environment.

The group stages monthly concerts by internationally acclaimed soloists playing different instruments to ‘provide a diverse musical experience’.

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