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An irresistible introduction to classical music for the young
Think opera and young children don’t go together? Think again! This liveliest of histories introduces children to Mozart, Rossini and Beethoven and their work, in an engaging and informative tour of the Classical period. It’s all facilitated through magical time travel: best friends Megan and Jack are on a school trip in London when they suddenly find themselves whisked back in time to eighteenth century Europe. Before you can say semibreve, they are face to face with composers and some famous royals too in a hectic adventure that is packed full of musical facts and information. Illustrations by Karl Davies do even more to bring the composers vividly to life. Wunderkind Mozart is bound to emerge the favourite but expect young readers to demand more information on the featured composers and to listen to their music too. Bravo!
Written by world-renowned opera singer and founder of ABC of Opera Productions Mark Llewelyn Evans, ABC of Opera: Classical provides children with an enjoyable and educational first glimpse into the often daunting world of opera and classical music.
When a school trip to the Natural History Museum in London reunites Jack and Megan with their old friend Trunk, they are whisked away to the Academy of Barmy Composers and the cities of Salzburg, Vienna and Paris for an adventure in opera’s classical period (1750–1820). Tasked with taking the music and stories of Windy Wolfie (Mozart, the penniless prodigy), Tortellini Rossini (the king of the dining table) and the moody but resilient Bilious Beethoven back to the present, will they be able to triumph over the return of Mozart’s most evil creation?
‘The Academy of Barmy Composers is gloriously full of fun and facts, illustrated lavishly and quite irresistible. Fabulous in every way.’ Joanna Lumley
‘A text that tempts, informs and delights. A pleasure to read.’ Professor Teresa Cremin of the Open University
‘Book 2 from the ABC is a vibrant read with dynamic characters leaping from every page. Visually thrilling, it’s a dazzlingly colourful whirlwind ride through a fascinating world.’ Eloise Williams
‘The history of classical music has never been so much fun!’ The National Children’s Orchestra
Praise for Baroque:
‘A visual feast. The story of opera told in such a fun and engaging way.’ Sir Bryn Terfel CBE
‘The pace and the characterisation are top-class. It’s a page turner as well as being full of interesting facts.’ Terry Deary, author of Horrible Histories.
‘ABC of Opera is an inspiring concept which could totally change the way young people and families engage with this amazing art form.’ Welsh National Opera
‘colourful, informative and riotously unstuffy.’ 5-star review, BBC Music Magazine
|Publication date:||29th April 2021|
|Author:||Mark Llewelyn Evans|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
|Topics:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Historical Fiction, Music|
Mark Llewelyn Evans is the founder and creative director of ABC of Opera Productions, which tours UK-wide introducing children to the stories and glories of the opera through music and storytelling. Mark is a professional opera singer who has sung the principal baritone roles for many of the opera houses and lives in Llantrisant, Wales. Mark was the winner of the Amati Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs’ Award 2019. A short Q and A with Mark Llewelyn Evans: 1) How would you summarise ABC of Opera Classical and how it follows on from Baroque? ...More About Mark Llewelyn Evans