OAE TOTS

Our OAE TOTS programme includes workshops and concerts for 2-5 year olds and their families. At TOTS concerts, we introduce our youngest audience members to the period instruments of the OAE and our baroque and classical repertoire in a fun and interactive way. All our TOTS concerts are very lively and we invite our audience to bring their clapping hands, singing voices and bouncing feet which they always do!
OAE TOTS at Southbank Centre

OAE TOTS at Southbank Centre

In 2017-18 we presented three new TOTS concerts at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room entitled Stories of Old. Beginning with a TOTS Guide to the Orchestra,our youngest audience members explored the history of the orchestra and its instruments. This was then followed by stories inspired by The Fairy Queen and King Arthur by Henry Purcell, reimagined by Hazel Gould.

In 2018-19, we returned to Southbank Centre with The Worlds Around Us, three more TOTS concerts built around Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.

We also performed regular TOTS workshops with two or three of our musicians, as part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s FUNharmonics family series.

"Loved it! Jolly & upbeat for little children, easy to join in with songs and actions and wonderful to listen and watch old instruments played so beautifully. Thank you!"
Audience member
OAE TOTS at Brighton Early Music Festival

OAE TOTS at Brighton Early Music Festival

In October we returned to the Brighton Early Music Festival with our Apple Tree TOTS concert at the Brighton Friends Meeting House.

"I took my two grandchildren along to this concert yesterday. They were spellbound. It was a most relaxed event, so well led by all of you, with lots of interest in singing, copying the actions and just being involved!"
Audience member
The Apple Tree at Saffron Hall

The Apple Tree at Saffron Hall

In June we performed our Apple Tree TOTS concert at Saffron Hall to wonderful audiences. We are delighted that our TOTS concerts are now ‘on tour’ with more of the venues where the OAE plays which have asked for these events.