Jarvis is a firm advocate for introducing children to orchestral music at a young age. 'Storytelling in any form is fantastic,' he says. 'But when a young audience enters a concert hall and experiences the sound of an orchestra coming to life, something they may have heard before but never seen, and then watches it bring a story to life, that's truly magical.'
60 seconds with Chris Jarvis…
1. Chris, you’ve collaborated with the SCO on several of our Family Festivals – what excites you most about working with the SCO?
I absolutely love working with real musicians who are at the top of their game and the SCO is premier league and world-class so there’s a lot to get excited about!
2. You’ve had a wonderful career working with children and young people, in your opinion, what are the benefits / importance of introducing children to live a orchestra?
The educational, inspirational and aspirational benefits for children experiencing live orchestral music have always been huge, but perhaps never more so than today. So much orchestral music springs out of speakers on televisions and in cinemas, but rarely with the musicians in vision
The BBC has ramped up its commitment to introducing children to real music with CBeebies Proms and Ten Pieces. But the impact of hearing and seeing an orchestra in the flesh, wood, brass and string for the first time is massive and I truly wish every child had that opportunity.
3. What can parents and children expect to experience at an SCO Family Festival?
The festival is more than just a concert, there are other activities at the concert hall where children can create art and craftwork, engage with musicians and have a go themselves. As well as being a great introduction to the Orchestra, it’s also highly interactive and a big laugh for all the family.
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