This weekend we went to hire her first instrument. In a shop that smacked of a Dickensian novel, we were transported into the Ollivanders of the musical magic world. Which instrument chooses you? A 1/16th violin was brought out for her to test. Even this pint sized fiddle was teetering on the larger side for her and we practically keeled over with the overwhelming cuteness of the scene as she tested it for size and donned the miniature case.
As a happy coincidence, this Sunday the St Albans Symphony Orchestra performed their annual Little Monsters' concert, a simply wonderful introduction for both the Culturebabies to their first full orchestra. Conducted by The Gruffalo and performed by a host of monsters, princesses, bugs and even a stormtrooper, an audience of children in fancy dress perched right at the feet of the musicians, a hair's breadth away from the strings. Peppered with poems and featuring both popular classics and music from movies such as Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark, the children were taken on a magical journey through a selection of thoroughly spellbinding pieces of music. Unable to control my tearducts as I watched the youngest of children captivated as the orchestra reached emotive crescendos I felt completely elated. The atmosphere was thoroughly unpretentious, welcoming and joyful. Babies toddled around, children danced. A miniature spiderman, the winner of the costume competition, was invited to conduct the orchestra as they performed The Flintstones.