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The Family Orchestra Workshop

with Beata Maria Kmak at 5pm

Interactive, intercultural music workshop with Beata Maria Kmak

Polish migrant Kmak has started the Family Orchestra in September 2015. A musical meeting, that would involve all members of the family, from babies to grandparents, siblings and carers alike. Everything for a very low cost, and in the comfort of a private home. There is a wide range of instruments available, so that everybody can find something to please: violins, keyboard, ukuleles and guitars, tambourines and percussion. I also provide the basics of music theory, in a fun way, useful on the spot. Dance is also involved, for example Krakowiak (regional Polish dance), Irish dancing, children’s games and rhymes.

That’s when the magic happens. Mothers singing with their children, toddlers strumming for fun, and not in a competitive, but familiar and comforting atmosphere. Kmak uses popular melodies and makes simplified notations, so that younger and older participants can play together. Singing has a particular charm when well-known songs like “Twinkle, twinkle little star” or “Halleluiah” are sung in all the languages present, English, Polish, Irish, French, etc. Everybody can share their language, their customs and traditions. The Family Orchestra will include a short talk, practical demonstration of working method, and then short concert.

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