Tuesday 06 February

Music in the Classroom: Musical Adventures

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 10:30am
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: €10 / Accompanying teachers go free more info

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Musical Adventures, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s fun concerts for children aged 8-12, are back once again by popular demand and now known as Music in the Classroom: Musical Adventures!

Leading them out once again will be the acclaimed music animateur, presenter, broadcaster and general master of musical mayhem and lots of fun, Mr Tom Redmond.

This time, stories, people and places inspire, as we travel across time and the heavens from the fabled age of chivalry to the frontier of America’s Wild West and beyond to the otherworld of the little people and a fantastic galaxy, far, far away…

Part of the fun will be the entire audience forming a massed choir to sing the life-affirming and gloriously uplifting song Believe. We need all students and teachers to do some ‘homework’ before coming to the concert. See ‘Homework instructions’ below!

Get set for the majestic Prelude to Act 3 of Wagner’s Lohengrin – the knight in search of the Holy Grail whose name must never be disclosed; Arnold Bax’s romantic portrait of Tintagel, home to the legendary King Arthur; the tempestuous Storm from Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes with its thundering percussion and wintry blasts of brass with shrieking woodwind-seabirds fighting against tidal waves of strings; Elgar’s Fairy Pipers, magical and mythical all at once; the Death of Tybalt from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet showing off the full power of an orchestra to thrilling effect; the rich, soaring romance of Princess Leia’s Theme from John Williams’ Star Wars; Aaron Copland’s Hoedown (from the ballet Rodeo), with its central section based on an old traditional Irish reel; a massed choir singing of Lin Marsh’s anthemic song Believe, uplifting and inspiring us one trusts in our own abilities and, to finish, the rousing finale to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture bringing this adventure to an end with one of the most powerful pieces of music ever composed.

Musical Adventures is all about capturing the imagination of children and teachers, experiencing the power of a live orchestra, bringing stories vividly to life through music, and introducing the individual instruments and instrument families.

Participation and learning during and after the concerts are a key part of these RTÉ NSO presentations. We want all students and teachers to get the maximum benefit from the concert.

In order to have the entire audience form a massed choir to sing Believe, we need all children and teachers to learn the song before coming to the concert. It’s easy! Just listen to the audio by clicking on the Soundcloud link below, and download the words by clicking on the ‘words to Believe’ link: words to Believe

Included in the ticket price will be programme notes for all children and teachers, and lesson plans for teachers so that learning and musical discovery can continue in the classroom. Early booking is advised.
Duration c. 65 minutes