Melbourne Music Week:An Under 5's Adventure



Melbourne Museum Theatre
Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Why should adults have all the fun? Melbourne is one of the world’s premier music cities, but it shouldn’t just be for grown-ups.

Bring your under 5’s along to Melbourne Museum to start their music education early, and get ready to dance those little hearts out. With diverse performances across three days including children’s opera, Hawaiian Hula and soothing, modern classical, young and old alike won’t be able to stop their toes from tapping along!

We'll be making kids music for everyone and music for kids! Warning - this will be fun!


Rose Nolan
Rose Nolan

The Wind and the Hares, an opera by Barry Russell

Wednesday 20 November
10am & 12pm sessions (1 hour duration)

Coming direct from Berlin, KinderOpera premiers Barry Russell's opera "The Wind and the Hares" at the Melbourne Museum for children under 5. Russell's adaption of the West African story will leave you spellbound on the edge of your tiny seats. Children will be enchanted by this delightful action packed opera. Be dazzeled by the boldness of our talking hares and the cheekiness of the hungry crocodile. Watch and laugh as the hares embark on one adventure after the other. A must see for all children who like to have fun.

Rose Nolan is a founder of Kinder Opera. The company was created to immerse children in the magic of opera. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London and winning numerous awards, Rose toured through China with the 70 piece Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra. Companies she has worked with include Opera Australia, OzOpera, English Theatre Berlin, Berlin Hof Klang Festival, Opera Danube, Surrey Opera, Gertrude Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Lyric Opera of Melbourne, Grange Park Opera, Melbourne Opera Company, Brandenburgisches Konzertorchester Eberswalde, Independent Classics Melbourne, Scottish Opera and Victorian Opera.

Noelani Le Nevez
Noelani Le Nevez

Noelani Le Nevez: A Journey through the Pacific

Thursday 21 November
10am & 12pm sessions (1 hour duration)

Noelani is a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner who shares her passion and culture through teaching traditional Hawaiian dance, Hula performances, workshops and community engagement projects. She has performed professionally around the world for the past 18 years in Hawaii, China, Japan, Singapore, USA, Canada, South Africa, Tahiti, Indonesia and throughout Australia where she has been running a school for Polynesian Dance for the past 7 years in Melbourne. For Noelani, Hula is a transference of Aloha (love) and knowledge, it is not only a connection to her homeland and culture but a connection to nature and the world around us. Noelani’s goal when sharing hula is for her students or audience to feel Aloha and to take it home with them and share it with someone else.

Nat Bartsch
Nat Bartsch

Nat Bartsch Lullabies

Friday 22 November
10am & 12pm sessions (1 hour duration)

Nat Bartsch is a Melbourne-based pianist and composer who creates ethereal, gentle music crossing the classical and improvised music spectrums. Her music is known for its mindful, reflective lyricism, influenced by studies with Tord Gustavsen, Nik Bärtsch, Andrea Keller and her ongoing collaboration with local postclassical luminary Luke Howard. Following on from a decade writing, recording and touring with her jazz ensemble Nat Bartsch Trio, Nat shifted her focus to composing solo piano works and chamber music, including her debut solo album Hometime in 2016. In 2017, Nat became a mother and launched her ‘Lullaby Project’, inspired by Max Richter’s Sleep album and the children’s genre-crossing of the Teeny Tiny Stevies. Influenced by music therapy research and her son’s stages of development, Nat composed a series of pieces designed to encourage babies to sleep. Equally importantly, the music is intended to be soothing for adults—for if the whole family is calm, the baby is more likely to be calm. The resulting album, Forever, and No Time At All, was released on ABC Classics in 2018. It is enjoyed by parents and non-parents alike and has provided to soundtrack the first years of many babies’ lives, from their time in utero, to the delivery room, to their evening sleep routine.



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Session time/s

    • Wednesday, 20 November, 2019

    • Thursday, 21 November, 2019

    • Friday, 22 November, 2019