Anyone struggling to keep children entertained this half term should tune in to David Walliams’ new Marvellous Musical podcast from Classic FM. The ten-part series aims to introduce kids to the world of classical music but each episode scores high on the fun scale – think silly voices, jokes and wacky facts – that make it interesting for all ages (grown up’s too!)
The first episode is on Mozart, and covers not only his beautiful compositions but touches on his childhood and ridiculous sense of humour too. Williams’ quickly refers to him as a ‘bit of a weirdo’ because of his love of fart jokes. Subsequent episodes feature other classical composers like Ethel Smyth, Beethoven and Clara Schumann but there are contemporary figures too like John Williams, the legendary film composer who worked on so many children’s films from Star Wars to Harry Potter. There are also thematic instalments on ballet, piano and ‘weird instruments’ like the helicopter quartet and vegetable orchestra.
Each episode is under 20 minutes long so it’s not difficult to stay engaged. Brilliant half term fun.