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Babies & Toddlers Make Music

Published: 19th June 2012 11:21

Purcell student Madeleine Bradbury Rance  
Jamie and Isobella with Madeleine Bradbury Rance

Babies and toddlers from Hitchin and Letchworth have experienced music first hand by playing with instruments and singing songs with professional musicians. Three-year old Jamie loved the sound of the cello while for 10 month old Isobella it was all about the rhythm.

The Early Years music workshops are part of Hertfordshire's Five Gold Rings music initiative, a year-long collaboration between the Purcell School for Young Musicians, Hertfordshire Music Service and local housing associations to foster community and encourage positive interaction.

Former Purcell student Madeleine Bradbury Rance  is encouraging children's centres to get more involved in musical activities. As part of North Hertfordshire Homes' sponsorship of Hertfordshire's Five Gold Rings, Madeleine has been holding workshops at Chestnut Tree Children's Centre, Letchworth and Oughton Children's Centre, Hitchin. She said: "I really want to give parents ideas of how to play musically with their babies. It could be shaking rattles to nursery rhymes or waving scarves in the air quickly or slowly according to the sound of background music."

Nicola Pearson, neighbourhood development officer at North Hertfordshire Homes said: "This is a great initiative that we are taking to all members of the community. We launched our sponsorship with a wonderful Christmas concert at a flexicare scheme for older people; here we have little children having musical fun and next up will be the Purcell School's Elastic Band playing outdoors to local shoppers. We'll be visiting Baldock and Knebworth on 26 June and Letchworth and Hitchin on 29 June - listen out for the up-tempo Classic FM style music!"

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