Classicalkids.ie was formed in 2013 by mums Aura and Sylvia. As professional musicians, we have a strong desire to share the joy of live chamber music with parents, babies and children, in a relaxed and child-centred atmosphere.
Sitting on a coach returning from performing a concert, we were lamenting the lack of opportunities for exposing babies and young children to the wonders of classical music. Where’s the child-friendly approach we thought? A toddler doesn’t only learn when they’re completely still and completely silent. Why does it have to be so formal? And stressful? Why don’t we do it ourselves we thought? So we did! And classicalkids.ie was born. With a strong child centred ethic, we firmly believe classical music can be for everyone, whether you show your appreciation by clapping, dancing or dribbling!
Sylvia Roberts | Violinist & co-founder
Violinist and educator, Sylvia has been a First Violinist with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra since 1998. A sought after chamber, orchestral and session musician, she has worked with the likes of Sir Neville Marriner, Jose Carreras, Smokey Robinson and U2. A firm believer in the benefits of a musical education and the importance of the accessibility of Classical music to all, Sylvia is also a music tutor with U2’s Music Generation Project. She has worked with the National Children’s Choir, the Music in the Classroom Project and has organised workshops for the Music for Autism charity. She is a founder member of the Appassionata String Quartet, and is mum to Saoirse, Oscar & Lochlann.
Aura Stone | Double Bass & co-founder
A member of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra since 1996, Double Bass player Aura is a firm believer in the value and importance of live classical music for all. After winning a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Tom Martin, she played with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic and English National Opera before joining the RTENSO where she became sub-principal. She is also principal Double Bass with the Orchestra of Saint Cecilia and a keen chamber musician. Aura is a founder member of the string ensemble Out of Silence and enjoys the delights of the Bass quartet repertoire from time to time. Mum to Jake and Maya, her focus on music education has shifted from the larger scale orchestral children’s concerts to the more intimate setting of the community based classicalkids.ie concert series. She is a committed teacher and tutor.