Since 1988 The Classical Road Show, a charity, has given many thousands of children in London and beyond exceptional musical experiences through our innovative concerts and workshops. Our keynote is learning through participation.
Our concert pieces have been commissioned by us for performance by professional orchestra, narrators and entire audiences of children aged 7-11 years, who have learnt their audience songs in school classes.
We believe that musical experiences such as these generate self-esteem, teamwork, creativity and intellectual growth. They should be an essential feature of every child's education. This was the founding principle of The Classical Road Show in 1988. We continue to offer more and more children the opportunities to perform in song, in large concert halls, with outstanding professional musicians and top orchestras.
Collaboration: We employ the finest orchestras and musicians, who over the years have encouraged their young audiences to work closely with them, with smiling acknowledgements of their contributions. It is a welcome and impressive collaboration which does much to eliminate the stage/audience divide.
Commission of New Music: We commission new works from composers for our very specialised repertoire - new classical music to be performed by professional orchestras and massed choirs of children of 7-11 years. Audience songs are in the accepted voice range for this age group - and just a little more! We ensure that the concert themes remain relevant to the school curriculum by seeking advice from our schools' teachers.
Availability of our concert pieces for others to perform: These works are available on request to other organisations for similar performances.
Teaching materials: We provide participating schools accessible teaching resources and a teachers’ workshops, to enable preparation of songs by classroom and music staff.
Complementary resources: We also offer original, ancillary projects which develop the theme of the piece in other areas eg. African Art, Victorian England, The Life of Admiral Nelson.
Large database: We have a proven administrative force who work efficiently to maintain a good working relationship with schools and music hubs over a wide geographical area, covering London and its surrounding counties. We hope to extend our concerts further round UK, funding permitting.