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WA Youth Orchestras are proud to be home to Perth’s favourite children’s orchestra concerts. Since 1985 WAYO’s unique kid’s shows have been delighting young people and their parents in the thousands every year. You can find out all the details about our upcoming children’s shows here. See you there!
The Babies Proms concerts were devised for the Western Australian Youth Orchestra by then Musical Director Richard Gill in conjunction with current Musical Director Peter Moore. Constructed and individually tailored to introduce young people to the instruments of the orchestra in a fun and interactive way, the concept is now in use by many orchestras throughout Australia (including the Sydney Symphony) and internationally (through the Singapore Symphony Orchestra).
Taking place on selected weekends each year, the Babies Proms are some of our most popular and fastest-selling events. Every weekend performance is a freshly written show targeted towards 2 – 6 year olds. The concerts introduce children to exciting orchestral repertoire through interactive storytelling, musical movement, games and audience participation. Children also have the opportunity to meet the musicians and their instruments up close at the finale of each show. The performances are informative for parents as well who may be considering introducing music into their child’s education. In fact, a large percentage of current WA Youth Orchestra members had their start as attendees of the Babies Proms when they were young!
Peter & the Wolf
WA Youth Orchestras have a long-standing tradition of mounting annual performances of Prokofiev’s classic work for children, Peter & the Wolf. This symphonic fairy tale for children was commissioned by Natalya Sats, the director of the Central Children’s Theatre in Moscow, and was designed to introduce children to the individual instruments of the orchestra in a vibrant and creative setting. With the help of a narrator, the orchestra musically illustrates the characters in the story, personifying them through the magic of instrumentation.
The story is about a boy named Peter who lives with his grandfather. Grandfather does not want Peter going out of their garden because there are wolves around, but one day Peter defies him and goes on an adventure beyond the garden gate. Along the way Peter meets some wonderful animals: a bird, a duck, and a cat, but unbeknownst to him there is a wolf lurking in the shadows. Will all the animals get along? What will happen when Peter discovers the wolf? In a mere four days Prokofiev created one of the most lasting and beloved symphonic works of all time – WAYO invites you to witness this enchanting work and hear the difference an orchestra can make to story-time.