Photo: Adrian Malloch

2022 CONCERTS: NZ Barok have made the decision not to perform the Baby Baroque Free Kids’ Concerts this year as we consider the threat of Covid 19 too great for our unvaccinated 0-6 year olds. We look forward to performing these concerts in 2023.

What is a Baby Baroque Free Kids’ Concert?

The Baby Baroque Free Kids’ concerts have been designed to introduce baroque music to young children in a fun, dynamic way with plenty of audience participation. Along with meeting members of the string family (violin, viola, cello and double bass) other orchestral instruments including the recorder, flute, bassoon, trumpet and percussion will be performing. Take the opportunity to have fun with sound, tempo, dynamics and rhythm with the opportunity to wave a scarf, shake a shaker, clap, sing, march and listen. Children also get the opportunity to meet the players, see and hear the instruments up close and try out little violins and cellos at the end of the concert.

Introduce the tamariki in your lives to the beautiful sounds of baroque music! Join NZ Barok and friends for a free, fun, dynamic one hour concert especially for children. Hear the stories of Ruby May and her little brother Tamati as they explore, imagine and have fun! Wave a scarf to a minuet, shake a shaker to a march and enjoy a happy music-filled hour.

Audience Feedback from Baby Baroque Free Kids’ Concerts

“We hope there will be more concerts just like this in the future.
My daughter was particularly inspired and is currently learning the violin”

“Thank you for a wonderful concert yesterday – My son was in such a buzzy mood all afternoon thanks to the great music and open atmosphere.
It would be great to see NZ Barok do this again.”

“Thanks so much for a fab concert on Saturday! It’s perfectly designed for kids,
with storytelling and lots of play mixed in with the music.”

New Zealand Herald articles and video: “Music to get the young ones (ba)roquing” and “NZ Barok is hosting school holiday shows”, July 2021 531FM pi Baby Baroque live Interview with Helen Brinkman and Recorder player Jessica Shaw

The team behind Baby Baroque:

After coming up with the initial idea for the concerts Helen Brinkman worked with her sister and NZ Barok violinist Catherine Polglase to bring the idea to life. Catherine is the writer, music selector and narrator of NZ Barok’s highly successful Baby Baroque Free Kids’ Concerts, with NZ Barok violinist Amelia Giles joining as a narrator in 2021.

Both Helen and Catherine have been involved in Playcentre Aotearoa and “SPACE for you and your baby” with Catherine having worked as the Waikato Regional Manager for SPACE and also running a Suzuki Early Childhood Education music class in her Hamilton studio. They believe that giving young tamariki the opportunity to hear and see live music stimulates every cell in their bodies. Quoting Helen “The effect live music has on babies and toddlers and their reaction to the sound is quite magical. Whatever they are doing stops and their eyes widen and they listen intently. Some children will crawl right up close to feel the vibrations coming from the instruments. Some children begin to sing which is beautiful to see and hear. We encourage parents to sing and play musical instruments to and with their children. There are so many opportunities in NZ to hear live music so take every opportunity to get out there and enjoy live music from every culture.”

In 2019 NZ Barok were delighted to welcome Cultural Advisor Whina Te Whiu to the Baby Baroque team to support NZ Barok with making the baby baroque concerts even more of a bi-cultural experience.

Where do I book tickets?

NZ Barok would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2021 free concerts

Auckland: Auckland Council Regional Arts and Culture, Auckland Council Creative Communities NZ, Te Tuhi Arts Centre, Otara Music and Arts Centre, Dame Jenny Gibbs, The Athena Trust, Westee’s Design, KBB Music, The Sutton Family and NZ Barok supporters.

Hamilton: Creative Waikato – Toi Waikato, The Lion Foundation, KBB Music, Westee’s Design, KBB Music, The Sutton Family and NZ Barok supporters.

Sunday 25 July 10.30am, Te Whare Tapere Iti, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton
Sunday 25 July 2.30pm Te Whare Tapere Iti, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton

Saturday 24 July 10.30am Te Tuhi Arts Centre, Pakuranga
Saturday 24 July 2.30pm Otara Music and Arts Centre, Otara

Saturday 27 July 10.30am Kerikeri Baptist Church, Kerikeri
Saturday 27 July 2.30pm Te Ahu Centre Atrium, Kaitaia

Saturday 13 July 10.30am Nathan Homestead, Manurewa
Saturday 13 July 2.30pm Otara Music and Arts Centre, Otara
Friday 12 July 10.30am St. Luke’s Church, Remuera
Friday 12 July 2.30pm St George’s Presbyterian Church, Takapuna

Saturday 14 July 10.30am St. Luke’s Church, Remuera
Saturday 14 July 2.30pm St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Takapuna