This morning Gelachter Trio had the immense honour of performing a concert for a lovely group of mums and babies/toddlers in order to raise money for the Matilda Mae Bliss Fund.
Classical Babies is a fantastic organisation that organises chamber music concerts all around London especially for mums and babies. The founder, Antonia, is a mum of two boys and a professional violinist who set up this wonderful chamber music series because she found with two little ones it was very difficult to attend or even play in concerts regularly. I can totally relate to that being a mum to a 4month old little girl (see photo)! It's such a unique idea and when you see it in action it is truly wonderful! They supply soft, colourful flooring for the babies to lay, crawl and play on as well as loads of cute soft toys for them to play with. The flooring is placed literally in front of the performers so the babies are really up close and get such a personal experience. There were lots of special moments in the concert where we had little ones trying to climb on our chairs and sit right next to us which was just adorable! We also had the chance to play some great music by Mozart, Bach, Rossini and Ibert. Chris arranged Brahm's Lullaby (a piece my husband and I know all too well as our darling girl will only go to sleep with that playing even at 3am after a feed!) and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star which we are told was one of Matilda's favourites. It was lovely seeing the babies respond to the music and who know maybe they even recognised them!
Today was a special Mothers' Day Concert with an even special purpose. All the proceeds today went to the Matilda Mae Bliss Fund. Matilda was a gorgeous little 9 month old baby who tragically passed away in her cot. Her mum Jennie is an internet blogger at www.edspire.co.uk who has touched so many people by her writing about Matilda. What happened to Jennie is every mum's worst nightmare but from reading her posts she has remained so strong and inspired many people. £200 was raised today at the concert in Matilda's memory.
Thank you so much to Antonia for having us today, it was such an enjoyable morning! If you're a mum or dad please please do visit www.classicalbabies.com to find out where and when the next concert is - they are definitely not to be missed!