Toscana Strings launched their Stories Set To Music in 2018 with the primary aim to deliver good quality live music in primary schools in a fun and interactive way. In 2019 they were awarded Best Workshop Provider by Primary Music Magazine. Through the Stories Set To Music concerts, Toscana Strings have performed to over 25,000 children.

In 2021 Toscana Strings joined forces with Laura Tye, former soloist with Birmingham Royal ballet. This collaboration has gone from strength to strength and now all performances delivered in schools are with string quintet and dance. Each concert introduces the string family and the concept of dance, and the children are taught mimes and dance moves so they can join in during the concerts. Each concert lasts approximately 40 minutes and up to six concerts can be performed in one school in one day.

There are four different concerts to choose from (please click on icons for more information).

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Toscana Strings have visited our school on a few occasions now, most recently with their very special performance of Peter and the Wolf with the added magical bonus of their ballet dancer Laura. The children were completely enthralled with the music and the story and were especially delighted to be allowed to participate with their own special movements too! Sophie’s narration meant that the whole thing flowed seamlessly, as well as teaching the children about the instruments and giving them the amazing theatrical experience of professional live music and dance right in front of their eyes. What a great experience that they will remember for a very long time!

Tessa Shaw, Music Coordinator at Priory Primary School Slough

It was magical that the ballerina danced through the story and we saw how all the string instruments were playing together. I didn’t realise music could be used to tell a story because I haven’t heard anything like that before.

Evie, pupil from St Bartholomew’s CE Primary

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The children at Lark Rise had the most amazing day when Toscana Strings visited us and performed their mesmerizing version of Peter and the Wolf. It was fantastic to see the children so engaged and have the opportunity to see such accomplished live musicians as well as a real life ballet dancer all in one go! The uptake for small group peripatetic lessons has risen this year with many of our children wanting to now learn to play the violin which I'm sure was inspired by the visit. All children should get to experience this at least once in their life.

Liz Slough, Music Coordinator at Lark Rise Primary School, Dunstable