Welsh Folk group Calan bring their World Premiere tour of a musical adaptation of children’s story “The King, The Cat & The Fiddle” to schools across Wales this April-June.
Following the performance’s success at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on April 22nd and 23rd, Calan will continue to tour their interactive musical show this week starting at Riverbank special school, Cardiff on Monday 25th April and ending the week in Heronsbridge Special School, Bridgend on the Friday. The tour continues into the end of June to schools in areas including; Bridgend, Swansea, Cardiff and Rhondda, with hopefully further bookings throughout Wales. Other schools, including primary and special needs, are able to buy in the opportunity from Live Music Now Wales if they would like to get involved.
The performance was created as part of the celebrations from Menuhin 100- the 2016 centenary year of legendary 20th century violinist Yehudi Menuhin- the story was originally co-written by Menuhin himself, alongside author Christopher Hope. The story tells the tale of a happy, hapless King, who had too many accountants and not enough money, and who’s Chief Accountant decides that to save the kingdom the King must fire his beloved fiddlers! A tragedy in a kingdom where music is happiness and happiness is music. Live Music Now- the charity founded by Menuhin and philanthropist Ian Stoutzker over 35 years ago- have commissioned Calan to adapt the story into a brand new multi-sensory workshop and performance, which aids literacy and numeracy skills while fuelling the children’s imagination.
“We start with an interactive workshop which explores traditional Welsh folk, and how music can be used to tell a story”, commented Patrick Rimes, fiddle and pipes player for Calan. “Then the performance itself includes the audience in the telling of the tale. We’ve got bubbles and clog dancing, fiddle exercises and cat’s tails!”
For details on how to book the performance for your school in the month of June please contact Live Music Now Wales on E: [email protected] T: 029 2055 4040.