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The Bunschoten Fund contributes to the ‘Kindergarten Sienfonietta’ of the Concertgebouw

Many children grow up without classical music. The Concertgebouw established the KleuterSinfonietta (‘Kindergarten Synfonietta’) to create an opportunity to make children acquainted with classical music through their schools. Initiatives like these are in line with the wish of Willem Bunschoten, founder of The Bunschoten Fund, to secure the future of classical music by stimulating new generations. In 2014 the Fund contributed € 10,000 to the KleuterSinfonietta.

Apart from making and keeping classical music alive with the youngest generation, schools have another reason to stand in line for the KleuterSinfonietta: singing with children gives pleasure and helps to create a good atmosphere in the classroom. The accompanying teaching materials allow teachers to give music lessons and build further on what the children learn. Children also experience through music how you can work towards an end goal and take on a challenge.

The KleuterSinfonietta consists of a teaching pack for preparations and finally a visit to the Concertgebouw. In the lessons, the toddlers learn the songs they can sing along with during the show and they learn the movements that go with it. One of the musicians, Servaas, tells the exciting tale of the fisherman who visits the moon and the stars. Part of the lessons are some attractive audio excerpts from the show’s music, but also music about the stars. The KleuterSinfonietta is a project for groups 1 and 2 of primary school.

Together with musicians from Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Royal Concertgebouw, director Dagmar Slagmolen developed the show. The curriculum was compiled by Margriet Prins, Marloes van Ede, Anne van Groenekan and Claudia Lotti.

During the show ‘Who turns on the stars at night?’ the children make their acquaintance with the six musicians of Amsterdam Sinfonietta, their instruments and their music, all in a playful way. The show is a musical story about the magical power of the night. Why is it that everything sounds different at night? Who sees to the moon and the stars rising at the right time, and going under again? And where are the stars when we don’t see them? The children are challenged to look, discover, participate, move and, above all, to listen.