Pitch and ‘Pitt’ Perfect Pianodrome returns …..

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If you were lucky enough to visit the Pianodrome last year at the Botanics, you will be as excited as we are that it is returning to the festival – and this year in a new home within the Pitt Street Market…

The biggest small venue in town. This year their majestic 100-seater amphitheatre made entirely from upcycled pianos goes wild downtown in a post-industrial warehouse in Leith. Join them for new music, new writing, street food and drinks. All singing, all dancing, all welcome. Intimate. Epic. Drop in for live music and activities from 11am.

 

Kids are very much included in the jam packed schedule throughout August – see the full line up and details here – we’ve had a look and picked out some of the family friendly goodies over the month, but it’s definitely one to explore, the programme will be full of magical delights to unearth, and even popping by and playing the pianos or appreciating the wonder of the structure is well worth it….

Image result for the adventures of prince achmedThe Adventures of Prince Achmed with live score by Sink –

This is sure to be SPECTACULAR – with this animated film coming alive with the soundtrack being played right beside you – and the film being shown on FIVE screens in the round !!! Swirling, spiraling strings, saxophones, accordion, percussion and voice transport you to a world of conjurors and princesses, where Aladdin battles demons and nothing is as it seems. Lotte Reiniger’s classic and groundbreaking paper-cut animation is a delight for all ages.                                                                                 31st July – 4th August

 

Image result for tinderbox orchestraTinderbox  – If you’ve never seen the Tinderbox orchestra play, then please, please get yourself along to one of their shows at the Pianodrome – the combination of the venue and the orchestra is going to be tremendous. Tinderbox Orchestra’s spellbinding 20-piece band bring a set of original music, orchestral experiments and site specific performance to this unique venue. Featuring special guests and new collaborations for each show. Tinderbox Orchestra brings together some of Scotland’s leading young musicians across genres. Fiercely independent, they combine core values of inclusivity and togetherness with an ambition to hit the highest levels of creativity and originality.                                   4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August

 

image of eventI Piano – In this one-of-a-kind venue the piano and the little girl set off on their quest, searching from the North Pole to the bottom of the sea. They meet dancing dinos and monks on scooters, and explore everything from Beethoven to boogie-woogie, but will they findmusic? If music is in all of us, they will need all our help.                                      7th – 11th August 3pm

 

 

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Magical musical moments…

The fringe has so much to offer, and more so than ever before for children and families, we have comedy, circus, storytelling ….and also music ! There are a few events that aim to introduce little ones to the wide world of music, whether it be classical, opera , drag queen pop or indy…here are some of our favourites :

Paddington Bear’s First Concert -Join Paddington Bear on his adventures and the mayhem that naturally follows !  We really enjoyed this absorbing introduction to classical music and an orchestra, set within the story of Paddington’s first visit to the Royal Albert Hall. The narrator is mesmerising, leading us effortlessly through the adventure and keeping even wee ones engaged, she has lots of energy and passion for the music. She runs about into the audience and collects things hidden under chairs. The whole thing is totally interactive with dancing, singing and giant inflatable fruit, there is plenty to keep excitement levels high.  Getting to see and touch the instruments at the end is a real highlight too.

Opera Mouse – Tilly Mouse lives under an opera house, and she just loves to sing! Tilly has stumbled upon music and is transformative powers – she is inspired and motivated to sing and to share her new found gift with the world. However, being a mouse, she must overcome the huge obstacle of everyone being very afraid of her first…(Read our full review here )

BambinO – The story follows a bird, the egg she finds and the relationship that occurs once the baby bird hatches. BambinO is a first operatic adventure for six to 18-month-olds and their carers.Written by Scottish Opera’s acclaimed Composer in residence this show is great to nurture your baby’s musical taste. All the babies were kept enthralled throughout.

Denim: The Denim Juniors–  Denim is the place to scream, dream, and become a queen. Five pop princesses celebrate the power of being yourself. For something spectacularly different and altogether fabulous, join Denim as they remind us all to be ourselves, sing loud and proud and add a lot of glitter and sparkle in the process…(Read our full review here)

Nick Cope – We LOVE Nick Cope – sadly he’s only making a flying visit to Edinburgh and his show at the Book Festival is already sold out.  His banter is highly entertaining and all kids will love his songs about pirates, dragons, poo and more !!! Tickets for this fab looking Super Saturday Summer Sandwich Show are selling fast – grab yours quick !

Recitals For Wrigglers – These guys bring a fun, interactive and educational classical concert for babies and toddlers where wriggling is allowed! They’ve got two shows during the Fringe – The Lion and The Mouse and Wriggle Around The World – For a gentle introduction to classical music – it’s perfect !

We even have a brand new musical venue this year in the form of the Pianodrome, with five working pianos embedded within the structure that everyone is welcome to walk in and play on, there will be piano lessons and multiple other events and concerts …please please do go and check it out ! It’s amazing, something truly unique and in the Botanics too so you can combine it with a visit there….

Pitch Perfect Pianodrome…

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Very excitingly, this year during the festival we are being treated to a brand new venue, one which looks totally unique and pretty mega ! Its the Pianodrome – if you’ve not heard of it before, it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s just finished being constructed in the Botanics and is a thing of beauty !

If you’ve ever wondered where all the old pianos end up, then wonder no more ! It’s an amphitheatre made entirely of up-cycled pianos !  Open every day from 3 – 26 August..

There is lots of fun to be had at the Pianodrome over August, including :

Drop in and play sessions – Daily 10am – 4pm
Five pianos are tuned for all to play and the rest are used to build a circle of tiered seating. Come along for free events, workshops and performances.

A host of wonderful free workshops, including one this Friday, the 3rd August by the brilliant Rowanbank Environmental Arts and Education – a ‘tree circus’ – Free family circus show, set in the beautiful grounds of the Botanics- between 3pm -4pm……one not to miss !

Sat 4 // Something Smashing improv dance and music showcase // 2-5pm
Sun 5 // Healing Plants Walk with Rachel Ashton Art (bring a pencil and sketchbook and arrive early for a prompt departure!) // 2-3pm
Sat 11 // Senegalese Djembe drumming workshop (ages 6+) // 11am-12.30pm
Sat 18 // Caroline Overy leads a singing workshop for all abilities and none // 11am-12pm
Sun 19 // Music and drum workshop open to all (age 6+) // 10am-1pm
Mon 20 // Pianodrome Philoshophy: games & stories to facilitate sympathetic listening and sharing of opinions // 2.30-3.30pm

Then at night, something magical will occur with #Pianodrome Live Wednesdays-Sundays 7pm-9pm. Brilliant multi-instrumentalists Sink host different guest acts each night

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