Media Release: HUP! Scotland’s classical concerts for new-borns

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RSNO premières playful introduction to orchestral music for 0-24 months in Aberdeen

FOR the first time, interactive, participative performances for new-borns to two year-olds will be presented by Scotland’s national orchestra, in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, from Monday 24 March.

A trio of musicians and a drama artist will create an enchanting live music experience for the very young and their grownups.

The performances are entitled Hup!, one of the most popular first spoken words for babies, when they want picked up. The young audience members will discover two violins, one cello, one raccoon, a very important tree and someone with a story to share. The relaxed 30-minute performance is followed by the chance for the young audience to stay and play.

Hup!, devised by Hazel Darwin-Edwards & Abigail Sinar and supported by TOTAL E&P UK Limited and Vibrant Aberdeen, is one outcome of Nickum (Doric for little scamp), a partnership project between Starcatchers, an organisation that specialises in performances and creativity for babies, toddlers and young children, and the RSNO.

Nickum’s strategy is to provide a range of RSNO-led community activities in the north-east of Scotland for young people and their families.

The performances for the very young are connected to the distribution of the Astar CD, a free orchestral recording for all babies born in Scotland since October 2012, available through Scottish registry offices. The RSNO hopes to roll out the concept to other areas of Scotland over the next 18 months.

RSNO director of Learning and Engagement, Jenn Minchin: “Our first foray into presenting performances for the youngest of audiences will be especially rewarding, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the reaction of our small critics over the next week.

“It’s an important step for the RSNO, as this completes our portfolio of resources and performances for people of all ages, and is a natural progression from the distribution of the Astar CD, which started in October 2012, and, I’m glad to say, will be continued for a further year.”

For more information on Hup! or any of the RSNO Engage activities go to or call 0141 225 3574.

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