NZ Barok have made the decision not to perform the Baby Baroque 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 Concert?

Our Baby Baroque concerts are designed to introduce young children aged 0 to 6 years to the beautiful sounds of baroque music in a fun, dynamic way with plenty of audience participation.

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.

As an early childhood music educator and researcher, I was very impressed by how well the concert was tailored towards preschool children…It is not easy to get concerts for pre-schoolers ‘right’, but you all did a fabulous job. Bravo!” Ngā mihi mahana, Dr Bronya Dean, Lecturer, Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education, The University of Waikato

The team behind Baby Baroque:

Cellist and producer Helen Brinkman worked with violinist Catherine Polglase to bring the Baby Baroque idea to life. Catherine is the writer, music selector, and narrator of NZ Barok’s highly successful Baby Baroque Free Kids’ Concerts, with 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 music studio. In 2019 Whina Te Whiu joined NZ Barok as Pou Tikanga Māori – Māori Cultural Adviser, to support the orchestra with making the Baby Baroque concerts a bi-cultural experience.

Catherine Polglase, Whina Te Whiu, Helen Brinkman

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

  • 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
  • Creative Waikato – Toi Waikato
  • The Lion Foundation
  • Westee’s Design
  • KBB Music
  • The Sutton Family and NZ Barok supporters


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