How can I help my little one discover music? B’Opera for the under 5’s
B’Opera creates beautiful music for tiny ears. Have we peaked your interest yet? It's certainly going down well in the West Midlands, where its performers Zoë, Jac and Phil wanted to create something special to share their love of music with the younger generation.
Professional musicians themselves, the trio discovered a gap in provision when looking for activities to enjoy together with their own children.
"We were disappointed by the lack of good quality music events we could go to as a family” says Zoe. “We wanted to create something exciting, something fun - something remarkable that could inspire a love of music in the next generation.”
So, we went along to see what all the fuss is about. Alice and the Library Tree, which we saw at the New Art Gallery Walsall, is the latest in a series of five opera’s composed especially for young ears. Needless to say, the children were mesmerised. If I’m honest, though, I think the adults may have had even more fun!
The piece was based around popular classics (that you’ll know and love, even if you can’t name them all) but with new words to tell the story of Alice. Alice must jump through a series of hoops in order to save the beloved Library Tree, which provides books for all the children to read.
Fun story, great music. But if you want to get into the science of it, there is evidence that music affects different areas of the brain in many unique ways. Research also tells us that having creative, inspiring experiences at a young age has a profound impact on our confidence and creativity later life. There was certainly lots of creative thinking during question time at the end of the performance: “How do you hold your breath for so long?”, “How long have you all been friends for?”, “How do you manage to sing so high?!”
B’Opera’s performances last around 40 minutes but if that’s not your thing you can join one of the regular First Songs sessions at Birmingham Hippodrome, just £2.50 per child, with their grown-ups going free.