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Discover the adventures of Gulliver through classical music with Walled City Music Festival children

24 May 2016

Children and families are in for a treat this June when the Walled City Music Festival presents ‘Beyond Lilliput: The Adventures of Leon and Leona Gulliver’, a performance combining classical music and story-telling. Created specially for the Walled City Music Festival by Memphis-based group Babu Press, this brand new show brings to life the imagined adventures of Gulliver’s twin niece and nephew, Leon and Leona as they go off in search of the fantastic lands that Gulliver has told them about. The show will tour six primary schools in Derry from Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 June before presenting a public performance on Saturday 4 June at 10.30am in The Playhouse, as part of the annual Walled City Music Festival programme, 2-5 June.

Babu Press comprises Joseph Salvalaggio, Principal Oboist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Todd Berry, an acclaimed stage actor who provides the narration. Along with a small ensemble of professional musicians, including some of the talented singers of NI Opera’s Young Artists Programme, the ‘concert story’ will offer a fun and engaging introduction to well-known classical music and the familiar tale of Gulliver’s Travels. The public performance is open to children aged 4-10yrs and families are welcome.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at Arts Council Northern Ireland, commented: “The Arts Council is delighted to support this important outreach project with Lottery Small Grants funding.  This musical adventure from Babu Press is an excellent vehicle for advocating the importance of children’s literature and music.  The dynamic story-telling and enchanting music will stimulate and inspire the minds of the young audiences.”

Sabrina Hu, Co-Artistic Director of the festival and performer with Babu Press, added, “"We are so excited to bring Babu Press back to present a new children’s show for primary schools in Derry. The shows are created to be fun and entertaining as well as allowing young children to be inspired by classical music at an early age."

Beyond Lilliput: The Adventures of Leon and Leona Gulliver is a specially commissioned project by the Walled City Music Festival, funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland. The festival is also grateful for the generous support of KPMG and City Cabs for this outreach project.

The public show at The Playhouse is at 10.30am on Saturday 4 June. Tickets are £2 per child and parents/guardians go free of charge. For details of the full Walled City Music Festival programme see www.walledcitymusic.com.