Spark - Baby O - Groundbreaking Opera For Babies

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					Press Release                                                              April 2011

                                      BABY O

The Spark Children’s Arts Festival returns to Leicester from 31st May until 12th June. This

year, the festival presents an incredible experience for babies and their grown ups with

BabyO, from Scottish Opera. BabyO is a perfect introduction to music which will leave little

ones wide-eyed and open-mouthed.

BabyO will be at Embrace Arts on 10th and 11th June – and is for babies as young as six

months old. Enter a magical secret garden full of busy bees, ducks and splashing fish where

you’ll meet the singers and begin your special adventure. The show is part of the First Spark

strand of the festival programme designed especially for pre-school children. The melodies

follow the musical patterns of nursery rhymes to fascinate and mesmerise little ones with

their newly developed sense of hearing.

Hearing is one of the first senses to develop in the womb and it has been shown that babies

will respond to their mother's voice as early as 20 weeks in pregnancy while vision takes

longer. BabyO combines recorded music and live singing with sounds and words that babies

will recognise and understand. Techniques are used to emulate the babies’ experience of

language and sound during their development in the womb. The vocals vary to musically

mirror and enhance the scenery, props and the movements of the singers in the performance.

Jane Davidson, Scottish Opera’s Director of Education and Outreach says:
“We’re so pleased to bring BabyO to this year's Spark Children's Arts Festival. I hope that the

babies of the Leicester area love it as much as those in Scotland did!”

BabyO is a groundbreaking opera created especially for babies aged 6 – 18 months.

Introduce your baby to a world of sound and song with this sell-out show from Scottish Opera

at Embrace Arts on 10th and 11th June at 10.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm. Visitors to BabyO

will also receive a free CD to enjoy with their baby at home. Tickets cost £3 for babies under

18 months and £5 for accompanying adults and children over 18 months.

This year’s Spark is an exciting mix of theatre, dance, puppetry, music, visual art and

storytelling. To find out more, visit or call 0116 261 6893. The new

Spark Festival App is also available to download from the Apple App store from 20th April


For more information please contact The Spark's Press & PR Manager: Francesca Wright on

07926 359546 or email

For more information about Embrace Arts at the Richard Attenborough Centre and Baby O

please visit

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