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Free app to teach kids about orchs

The Britten-Pears Foundation have made a centenary app of Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra. Download here.

It’s not the first of its kind, apparently.



From the press release:

Featuring specially-commissioned illustrations by award-winning artist Sara Fanelli, a specially-recorded complete performance of the The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra from Sir Mark Elder and the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, the app includes creative games, a chance to create music, aural quizzes, information about Britten’s life and the genesis of the work, archive photographs, a copy of pages from Britten’s original manuscript, an interactive score, and unprecedented insight into orchestral instruments and their players. There’s even a light-hearted personality quiz which matches users to instruments of the orchestra.




Richard Jarman, Director of the Britten─Pears Foundation, says:


In 1946 Britten was in the vanguard of music education with the film Instruments of the Orchestra, which used the most modern technology of the day to introduce children to the orchestra. We started by asking how Britten would have done this if he were alive today and could use our modern technologies. Our answer has been to create an App that will give children and families lots of fun in exploring the orchestra and its instruments. In doing this we ourselves have had lots of fun working with the enthusiastic students of the RNCM and with the wonderful illustrator Sara Fanelli. We hope the result will draw children into Britten’s world.

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  1. This is nicely produced for a free app! Indeed, there are others – of note are the two Naxos apps ‘My First Classical Music App’ and ‘My First Orchestra App’ for younger children (both £2.99) and the extraordinary ‘Orchestra’ app featuring the Philharmonia (£9.99). In a different vein, should you wish to actually compose using the sounds of a professional orchestra, then Notion’s app features the LSO as its sound library.

    Though if you have all of those apps on your iPad, that’s almost a quarter of it full already…

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