Come and enjoy a relaxed concert in Ockendon

A relaxed concert designed especially for young families and those with children with additional needs will be performed at Ockendon Academy and Studio School in Erriff Drive, Thurrock, on Saturday November 11.

Sinfonia Vivawhich will also be sign interpreted.

Families are invited to meet musicians from the award-winning orchestra Sinfonia Viva from 1.30pm and join Thurrock Music Services to try out a range of instruments before the concert ‘Musical Magic’ starts at 1.50pm.

Everyone can then relax on beanbags and comfortable chairs for the interactive concert by
The magical programme, conducted by Frank Zielhorst, will include a number of orchestral favourites, including ‘In The Hall of the Mountain King’, ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and music from the hit movie, ‘Frozen’.

Alongside this, groups of students from Treetops and Beacon Hill schools will perform original music on the themes of mystery, magic and fantasy, which they have created with composer John K Miles and a team of Viva musicians.

Portfolio Holder for Education, Cllr James Halden said: “We are delighted to be working with Sinfonia Viva to bring this concert to Thurrock for local families to enjoy.

“As well as a high quality live music experience there is the chance to meet some of the musicians and have a go on some instruments themselves.

“This will be a very relaxed, friendly and inclusive afternoon – making it ideal for families who may usually find it difficult to participate in activities of this kind.”

Sinfonia Viva Education Manager Marianne Barraclough explained: “We have a national reputation for our community and education projects and performances and this will be a relaxed concert which is ideal for children with additional needs and their families.

“This is all about creating the right atmosphere for children to enjoy and participate in the music and there will also be a chill our room for anyone to have a quiet space if they need it.”

Tickets cost from £3 to £5 each and are available by calling 0333 333 3366

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