Toscana Strings (two violins, viola, cello and double bass) start THE NUTCRACKER concert by playing a variety of dances from around the world as children walk into the hall. As soon as everyone is sitting comfortably we introduce ourselves and the string family and then start performing the first half of The Nutcracker.
We then demonstrate different techniques we can use as string players by playing a variety of dances and also introduce the concept of tempo and meter encouraging the children to identify strong beats in the bar and recognise speed changes in the music.
We sing a song with the children, introducing an ostinato and body percussion.
We end the concert with the last section of The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker is narrated by our double bass player and accompanied by string quartet.