Celebrate music with final Albemarle Saturdays events

A six-year-old knight will take on trolls this Saturday. The fun and enchanting story of Sir Scallywag And The Battle Of Stinky Bottom will be told by narrator Polly Ives at the Albemarle Music Centre, supported by professional musicians Ensemble 360.

Chamber music aficionados Music In The Round’s award-winning children’s composer-in-residence, Paul Rissmann, has written music set to the children’s story written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Korky Paul.

This concert is just one of the many events that Albemarle Saturdays has brought to the city over this year. Part of Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme, this year the team at the Albemarle has brought us everything from violin sessions to brass and vocals, with events such as Cake Club Orchestra and Mambo Jambo thrown in for good measure. Albemarle Saturdays has been encouraging all of us to realise our musical potential. Each event has welcomed budding musicians and complete newcomers, and the upcoming events are no exception.

What Does Hull Sound Like? is on this weekend’s agenda, in the last of three workshops led by composer Michael Betteridge. So far, these workshops have explored the sounds of the city through vocals and instruments. The finale this Saturday will offer the opportunity for people to get involved, learning the song which gives a nod to the Humber Bridge, The Deep and the River Hull. If you’d like to brush up on the song that was created from the previous two workshops, you can have a listen here.

Albemarle Saturdays organiser Selina Slater said: “Throughout the year, Albemarle Saturdays has hosted fantastic music workshops and performances. It has been wonderful to see so many people taking part in music-making for the first time and as a family.

 “This Saturday’s family concert is a great way to introduce children to live music. Our What Does Hull Sound Like? workshops have inspired many people to get involved in composing and singing a brand new song.”

The final day of Albemarle Saturdays workshops will be Saturday 4 November. This session will see Polly Ives lead a children’s workshop, this time on the story of Mr Big by Ed Vere. A gamelan workshop will follow, focusing on the traditional orchestra of Indonesia.

Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, said: “Albemarle Saturdays is a brilliant project, encouraging people of all ages to be creative in new and exciting ways.

 “For some of them it’s been an opportunity to pick up instruments for the first time. Hopefully the project has not only introduced people to new music and new instruments, but also encouraged them to continue learning and playing.”

Upcoming Albemarle Saturdays

Sir Scallywag And The Battle Of Stinky Bottom

Sat 7 Oct, 11am. Albemarle Music Centre.

What Does Hull Sound Like? workshop

Sat 7 Oct, 1pm. Albemarle Music Centre.

Gamelan workshop

Sat 4 Nov, 10am. Albemarle Music Centre.

Mr Big workshop

Sat 4 Nov, 1pm. Albemarle Music Centre.

Hull Samba workshops

Sat 4 Nov, 1.15pm & 2.15pm. Albemarle Music Centre.