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Meri Englund | Helsinki Espoo | Community Outreach

Community Outreach

“I believe playing classical music to young children from an early age inspires  a lifelong love of music. The enthusiasm and joy of children reminds us of how music is such a natural way of expressing feelings.”

Giving everyone access to classical music

In recent years, Tapiola Sinfonietta has focused increasingly on audience outreach projects for different age groups. The orchestra brings music within reach of those who, for various reasons, don't have the opportunity to experience it in a concert hall.

Meri finds audience outreach highly motivating and sees it as an important part of her work as a musician. She has developed and participated in the orchestra’s concerts and music sessions for babies and toddlers and has also played music in small ensembles in care homes and hospitals.

Currently, Meri is involved in planning a series of concerts, which aim to introduce local Espoo children to the world of classical music with short, age-appropriate musical tasters. Meri is fascinated by the idea of connecting with children and young people by inspiring them through classical music.

A new generation of music lovers

Tapiola Sinfonietta has developed a new concept of performing classical music to expecting mothers and their unborn babies. The idea is to invite them annually to concerts until the babies turn three years old. The orchestra designs the concerts to best intrigue and comfort each early-year age group and introduce new experiences through classical music.

Photos by Tapiola Sinfonietta and Meri Englund

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