Kathy Selby, pianist and founder of TRIOZ has a mission – well, one of many. And that is, to broaden the opportunities for the under 12s to be able to hear professional musicians perform. To achieve this, under 12s who attend her concerts accompnaied by a paying adult, are admitted free.
Like many things adults ideas this was shaped by her own early experiences. “I remember going to a piano trio concert when I was very young….children are taken to the ballet and to orchestral concerts.. but chamber music offers the opportunity to be close to the performers, to see what they’re doing. It is the least daunting”.
It is hard to know exactly how many under 12s are involved in string programmes in New South Wales. Selby’s offer represents an opportunity for parents to evade the high cost of concert tickets and give their children a taste for what is possible.
She takes care to create programme notes that are meaningful to all ages, with anecdotes, and insights into the lives and times of the composers, rather than complex musicological observations, and her informal way of speaking to the audience as part of the concert has appeal for those who absorb by listening rather than by reading.
Can’t get a baby sitter? Take the kids along!
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