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Phenomenal Musical Calibre

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Too often, music for children's shows can be patronising or worse, scored on MIDI and then played from CD but here, not only were the tunes interesting and varied, they were executed with precision and great talent. As musicians ourselves, Laura and I were drawn to how seamlessly the drummer moved from complex jazz polyrhythms on the kit to avant garde pieces on the vibes (so nice to hear the real thing). The guitarist, dead-pan all the way delivered great chops that Wes Montgomery would've been proud off. The saxes played freely and expressively and the vocal score was laced with interesting harmonies, all pitched note perfect..
 
All in all, the musical calibre shown on stage was way above anything else we've seen at a gig for years, and this was a kids show. Phenomenal..!!
 
Russ Grooms, Regional Co-ordinator for Rhythmix (one of the UK's leading charities helping young people to make music)

The first reviews!

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'There are few topics in a modern liberal curriculum that should be compulsory but maybe Michael Rosen's Centrally Heated Knickers should be one. It is a fantastic show at any level and even though aimed at younger children, mums and dads and expectant grandparents were grinning throughout. The theme is science approached through Michael's wonderfully wordy poems. I watched the young faces squirming in the delights of his playfulness as he drew us into the magic of new knowledge.

But so much more than science - the live music interacting with the audience, the dance expressing the mystery and wonder and Michael including maths too as he counted out loud to stay in time! Fabulous show.

Nick Hart
Education Adviser Cornwall County (ret'd)

 

the show was fantastic – excellent, engaged performances and a great message. Didn't insult anyone's intelligence, and something I know parents would love as much as their kids.

David McAlpine

Director of the UCL Ear Institute