It has been a busy time back stage at Kidenza as we finalise plans for “The Greatest Show”, our annual concerts for families. This year there has been great excitement about the programme with singing at the Board Meeting and The Greatest Showman soundtrack on repeat in the car! When my daughter was asked to sing “This is Me” as part of a brownies cheerleading session she reported back that she had the words nailed – and aren’t they the most inspiring words:
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
If you were quick enough to get tickets for our sold out singing workshops these words will soon be sung in your house too as our guest Workshop Leader Tara Thompson focuses on this song during the hour long workshops on 15th December. I can’t wait to hear forty children singing their hearts out!
So, what can you expect from our Christmas concerts this year? Well, amazing singing and performing of several songs from the hit musical The Greatest Showman (I think I may be up on my feet at that point!) and some wonderful orchestral music you will recognise from the circus. The vocal rehearsals have begun and it is already sounding fabulous! Plus, before and after the concert you can enjoy tasty refreshments (all proceeds going to support our work with children on our school’s tour). There will be teas, coffees, squash for the children and mince pies and cakes PLUS this year there will be treats available at our sweets stall. My children are particularly excited about running this one! We will also have a donation box if you would like to add to our fundraising for our work with schools.
Booked our tickets and can’t wait! My daughter is always singing the show songs after learning them with the school choir last year and my son started drum lessons last term because, quote, ‘I want to be like Naughty Alex’! 😬. So 2 very excited children!
One of the aims of these Christmas concerts is to inspire children to learn an instrument. My daughter (aged 7) is now playing the flute thanks to attending Kidenza family concerts. There is something about hearing and seeing and instrument being played and enjoyed live which can really resonate with a child. If you haven’t already booked to see us we would love to inspire you too.
‘Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it’s gonna take
A million dreams for the world we’re gonna make
Jennie Yelverton is Project & Marketing Director for Kidenza and has two children aged 10 and 7 who she hopes to inspire with classical music!