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Stoller Story Sounds – Musical story journeys

Aimed to inspire creativity, these interactive workshops are designed to tickle preschoolers’ imagination through storytelling, drawing, dancing and of course music!

The Stoller Story Sounds workshops are connected to The Stoller Hall Sounds of Nature events. These sessions are designed to give children the freedom to be creative and learn about a piece of music or instrument through connecting it with other arts. This will, in turn, support their experience when attending follow-up live music performances.

The sessions can be enjoyed stand-alone, but we do hope to spark your curiosity and to take your musical story journey further – we hope that together you can explore all the stories and colours of sounds you hear on stage!

Suitable for ages 3-5

Dandylion and the Sad Stem – Sunday 24 April, 11am & 12pm
Come and join Dandylion as he helps a sad flower stem to find its lost petals scattered in the earth’s fields and meadows. Led by storyteller Carla Henry, this interactive workshop with live music and illustrator, will open a world of imagination through music, drawing and spoken word.

Follow-up event
1.30pm: Observe Olympias Music Foundation’s young musicians join the Northern Chamber Orchestra professionals in this relaxed open rehearsal. Duration: ’30 min.

Snowbear’s Story – Saturday 7 May, 10.30am & 11.30am
Come along and help shy Snowbear find a way to tell his story! See his voice dance colours through the Air. If stories were sounds and had colour, what sounds and colours would your stories reveal? Join in with our artists as they explore the wonderful ‘Air’ element of nature – through story, song and illustration.

Follow-up event
1pm: RNCM Songsters lunchtime concert

The Little Green Dragon – Sunday 22 May, 1pm & 2pm
Can you help Little Dragon, scared to breathe fire, find his courage and his treasure? What is the sound of fire, and of courage? Come along and join our artists on this interactive adventure with special guests Espíritu Flamenco. It is sure to be a toe-tapping and magical experience.

Follow-up event
Espíritu Flamenco as part of The Little Green Dragon workshop

All follow-up event tickets are included in the Stoller Story Sounds session ticket. For tickets, please visit our What’s on webpage here

About the artists

Carla Henry is a highly acclaimed actor, working across Film, TV, Theatre and Radio. Born in Hulme, Manchester, and raised in Moss Side, Carla is a trustee of the Working Class Movement Library and the Moss Side Powerhouse. She is author of children’s book The Hedgehog and Her Hoglet, Commissioned by The Lowry, and co-writer of theThe Discarded Oil Drum by Henry and Steel, showcased as part of H.O.M.E’s Black History Month.

Lizzie Finlay is a Children’s author-illustrator, based in Manchester. Lizzie’s illustrations appeal to several age-groups – from pre-school and picture books through to young fiction, as in the Compton Valance series (by Matt Brown) and best-selling Pony Mad Princess (Diana Kimpton) Series for Usborne Publishing. Lizzie’s first book, Dandylion, won the Dundee Picture book Award and was shortlisted for the NASEN Children’s Book Award. Her latest picture book: The Ferocious Chocolate Wolf, was published recently by Five Quills.

Alice Billen is a Manchester-based freelance violist, who collaborates on varying chamber, education and orchestral projects in the North West and beyond – among them the Hallé and The Whitworth Ensemble, a group she co-founded. She particularly enjoys opera and performs regularly with Longborough Festival Opera. She plays a modern Welsh viola, named ‘Ailsa’ by the maker.

Sarah Atter is a workshop leader, flautist and teacher working across a wide variety of genres with a particular focus on live group music-making, communication and having fun with music! Sarah has extensive experience of devising and delivering education and community projects, alongside student and teacher training, large-scale residencies and consultancy work. She works across a variety of fields including music in healthcare, music in the community, music in education, music in criminal justice and collaborative cross-art form projects.

Espíritu Flamenco, is a group based in Manchester offering flamenco performances, events, classes and community events. Sarah Chambers leads this group, working with local and visiting artists. There is an emphasis on traditional flamenco and authenticity, as well as participation and enjoyment of this great art form.

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