Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Young children enthralled by music

A CLASSICAL concert for young children and their parents was held at St Mary?s Church in Henley

A CLASSICAL concert for young children and their parents was held at St Mary?s Church in Henley.

Miaomiao Yu, founder of the Bach to Baby concerts, played the piano and accompanied trumpeter and singer Tim Carleston.

The pair performed Bach?s Italian Concerto (Allegro) and Tchaikovsky?s Danse Napolitaine from Swan Lake during the hour-long concert.

The 15 children in the audience also enjoyed nursery rhymes.

Mr Carleston, who organised the event with his wife Deborah, said: ?Being a father-of-four myself, it?s great to see the children?s faces when the music is playing. They become mesmerised.?

During Bach to Baby concerts children are allowed to move around freely and be fed by their mothers while listening to the music.

Mrs Yu, who has performed in Europe and America, said the idea was to expose children to high-quality music.

She said: ?We want them to be part of the experience with their parents and grandparents. Music is to be shared and it?s a language that can be understood without words.?

Carolina Greer-Correa, who was attended the concert with her daughter Luna, said: ?I love classical music so that was motivation for me to go.

?It was also relaxing for Luna, who enjoyed it, especially the nursery rhymes at the end.? Mrs Carleston, organiser of Bach to Baby in the Thames Valley, said: ?The acoustics in the room were great, for the trumpet in particular. You could hear the music right across the church.

?It?s also a lovely big space and beautiful to look at.?

Mrs Carleston, a music therapist, said: ?Music helps connect young children to their surroundings.

?Sound is one of the first things we understand, before what we see and what we hear.

?It is really interesting to see how the music can bring children to a standstill.?

The next concert is scheduled for May 18 at 10.30am and it?s hoped to hold one every month. For more information, visit

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