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Ensemble 360 & narrator Polly Ives return to Cast in Spring 2018

Nurseries and schools are invited to take part in the new Stan & Mabel music project

Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives have become firm favourites with children aged 3 – 7 years with brilliant newly commissioned pieces of music by Children’s Composer in Residence Paul Rissmann. Recent successes include Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom and The Chimpanzees of Happytown.

This year Stan and Mabel are back in Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space! Music in the Round have commissioned new music by Paul Rissmann and a new story and illustrations by Jason Chapman. In this sequel to the original Stan and Mabel, the dog-and- cat duo are joined by a whole carnival of animals as they escape from the School for Wild and Dangerous Animals in search of a safe place to call their home.

On Monday 12th March 2018, hundreds of children and teachers from across the area will join together for two schools’ concerts at Cast. Presented by the world-class musicians of Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives, the concert will be packed full of highly engaging live classical music, illustrations from the book and lots of audience participation.

Music has so many benefits for children’s development and learning, their literacy, numeracy,confidence, self-awareness, and so much more. This project gives you the resources and ideas you need to put music at the heart of your curriculum. It’s also a load of fun!

Previous projects have sold out. Teachers, act now to book your places on this year’s project!

Download more information and a booking form under the ‘Resources’ tab or email

This is an amazing opportunity for teachers to meet all the requirements of the NC with expert support and give your children the chance to hear and watch these amazing musicians perform in such an entertaining and engaging way. - Primary Teacher, 2016

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