Following our recent sell-out performances of Musical Rumpus: A Fairy Queen in the Forest, we delighted to announce that we have received recognition for the project, enabling us to embark on a Musical Rumpus tour, venturing out of Tower Hamlets to work with 0-3-year-olds and their families in other parts of the East End.
Regular supporters of our Learning & Participation programme, Arts Council England along with Paul Hamlyn Foundation have agreed to aid us in the development and delivery of the tour, which sees us journey to children’s centres and libraries in the London Boroughs of Newham and Barking & Dagenham. Forming part of Arts Council England’s strategic touring programme, which encourages taking top-class culture to areas of the country reliant on touring for access to the arts, the tour also reflects our own commitment to making music within the community.
The tour will take place over the next three years, with the first leg due to commence in November 2012. Clare Lovett, our Programme Director: Learning & Participation says of the project:
A Fairy Queen in the Forest was an exquisite performance, to see over 50 babies and their families captivated by the storytelling and up close performances of musicians was a real privilege and I’m excited by the opportunity to give many other families and very young people the opportunity to take part in this special performance. We have been developing links with our partner boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Newham and this series of tours helps us to cement these new relationships with communities in the East End of London.
More details of performances to come as we approach the autumn – watch this space!