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  • 15 Apr 2014

Musical Rumpus nominated for an RPS Award

Spitalfields Music’s ‘Musical Rumpus’ project has been shortlisted for the Audience and Engagement category at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Awards for its work engaging babies and toddlers in music. The awards are held annually in association with BBC Radio 3 and recognise achievement in live classical music, with 13 award categories encompassing different strands of composition, performance and participatory work.

Photo by James Berry
Photo by James Berry

Musical Rumpus is a programme designed to aid the development of babies and toddlers by involving them as participants in interactive versions of Baroque operas, creating early experiences of adventure through music and theatre. By getting them to experiment with objects, sounds and rhythms with parents and other children, it facilitates cognitive development as well as improving motor and social skills.

The Foundation has been supporting Spitalfields Music for over a decade, with funding previously allocated to projects which worked to open up access to the arts, targeting people from disadvantaged sections of the community with little opportunity to get involved in music. It currently benefits from an Arts programme open grant of £87,000 over two years to go towards developing its programme for early years in three East London boroughs, including Musical Rumpus.

This year’s awards ceremony will take place at the Dorchester Hotel, London on 13 May. It will be followed by an RPS Music Awards programme broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 18 May at 10.00pm. More information about the event, including booking, can be found below.