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A Family Christmas Concert with Asterakia and Rebetiko Carnival

Come and join us for an interactive family concert! Our star has fallen out of the sky and landed on earth. With a fun storyline and live musical instruments, we will get ready for Christmas. Asterakia is collaborating with great musicians from the Rebetiko Carnival.

At the end of the children will have the opportunity to try the piano, the violin, the bass, the cello, the clarinet and the percussion instruments.

Eleni Georgiou

Eleni Georgiou studied music and singing in France and UK. For 10 years she worked as a Music Coordinator in schools in London. In addition to this she worked as a professional opera singer, while performing in London and other European cities. After the birth of her children she created Asterakia. Asterakia is a fun, music, movement and drama class in Greek for the under ‘5s. Asterakia’s curriculum is based through the use of original songs as well as a new arrangement of traditional Greek nursery rhymes, classical pieces and folk songs. Two years ago, Asterakia and Rebetiko Carnival created a series of interactive concerts in order the children to explore the beauty of the Greek Language and music through a fun concert.

THE REBETIKO Carnival

The Rebetiko Carnival became an official Charity in April 2016. However, the idea began with a festival in 2014. Although the core organisers of the festival was a small group of musicians, this was the culmination of a thriving community of Rebetiko music in London over the last twenty years, bringing together people from all different backgrounds and interests. The musicians involved have spent a lot of their lives playing for people less fortunate than themselves, going to hospitals, hospices, special needs residences, communal centres for the blind and prisons over the last 10 years using Greek music as a therapy for those who need it. From it’s beautiful melodies that can be both uplifting and consoling to the rhythms that are incredible for any kind of body movement, they have been all over the country bringing this kind of relief to these communities.
They are also dedicated to education…and not only to Greeks! In today’s schools world music as well as Greek classical civilization is a part of young students’ education in English schools, so the group endeavour to take their music to non Greek speaking children and introduce them to the many riches they can explore through Greek music. Here they teach principles that apply to all music about improvisation, composition, ensemble playing, listening and performing.

Organised by the Hellenic Centre