I was invited to attend this event by a fellow mummy blogger Ginger and Bell, as she had won tickets through Bring Your Own Baby. I’ll be honest, I had absolutely no idea what to expect as myself and Penny had not been to any music events. The music played in our home is pretty varied, however classical and jazz don’t really feature… at all… ever. I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t knock something until you’ve tried it, so along we went this morning.
Having never been to the Royal Festival Hall before, I was impressed with the building and the facilities available to mums with pushchairs. We collected our tickets, parked my pushchair in one of the many buggy parks and entered the room on the 5th floor. The view from this room was fantastic, especially on a sunny summer day in London. The space was set up with a large stage, chairs for big and little people as well as cushions on the floor. I liked this touch as it made the session feel more baby friendly and intimate, however these filled up fast. The room was filled with children ranging from tiny newborns to the more adventurous toddlers who took advantage of the extra space which the room provided. It was also a fair bit cooler in the wider spaces, as there wasn’t any air conditioning and the pure number of bodies meant it was a little uncomfortable amongst the crowd.
The event was described by one of Time Out’s Critics’ choice reviewers, saying “dont miss out on this chance to groove with your babies and toddlers to the best of jazz, electro and asian fusion from a group that features critically acclaimed, Mercury Prize-nominated bandleader and drummer Se Rochford. Crying, singing, dancing and playing along are all welcome!”
From what I could tell, the majority of the mums and dads in attendance were enjoying the experience of socialising with other parents and appreciating the music. Although the music wasn’t to my taste, Penny was bopping along to the drum beats in particular. On reflection, I think that the reason I wasn’t overly taken with the show was because I’d assumed there would be more inclusion of the children in the show. Perhaps the opportunity to help make some music, or perhaps a segment where they use shakers. I’m not a musician however, but I feel that some kind of involvement and perhaps a more sensory environment would have been beneficial to keeping the children as well as parents engaged.
Saying that, we still had a good time, and it was a pleasant change of scene for me and baby Penny.