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Like all the best things in life, classical music can be a bit of an acquired taste, and the earlier you are familiarised with it, the easier it is to acquire. If you’re in any doubt about the benefits of an early introduction to great music, check out this article by Genevieve Matthews for the Telegraph on why children need classical music.

With free entry for under 13s and any under 18 who comes in a school party, and a fun-packed programme of activities for all ages, Orchestra in a Field is the ideal way to introduce children and young adults to live classical music. Where else can you spend the afternoon in a relaxed, beautiful and historic setting, watching world-class performers at work rehearsing and assembling large-scale symphonic music?

We want you to be able to hear really exciting music played by the best, but in a relaxed outdoor setting where you can clap when you want to, chase your toddler if necessary, drink beer, take photos, get lost in the music and generally be yourselves!Genevieve Matthews.

And if that isn’t enough, away from the main stage, we’ve got a whole host of quirky alternative entertainments especially designed with kids in mind: acoustic performances covering every musical genre, inspirational talks by musical mentors (learn how to compose for PlayStation), singalongs, the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, film showings, puppet opera, handbells, clog dancing and flamenco lessons, a helter-skelter, boat swings, a Young Musicians’ Advice Centre, dressing-up, face painting, making instruments from scrap, an interactive ‘High Tech Tent’ with sound beam, the Frog Kazoo Chorus – you name it!

A full programme of activities for children at Orchestra in a Field will be posted here soon.  Watch this space or follow us on Facebook for the latest news and line-up details as they’re announced.

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