The King, the Cat and the Fiddle


The King, The Cat and His Fiddle

There was once a happy, hapless King, who had too many accountants and not enough money. The palace ceiling leaks, his crown jewels are always falling out, and his Chief Accountant has just decided that to save the kingdom the King must fire his beloved fiddlers! A tragedy in a kingdom where music is happiness and happiness is music….

Can Joachim the cat (distantly related to the famed Cat fiddler who got the cow to jump over the moon) speak sense to the King, teach him how to fiddle and restore both music and happiness back to the Kingdom before it is too late?

Join LMN Wales folk ensemble, Calan for a very special interactive musical re-telling of this beautiful children’s story, co-written by Live Music Now founder and one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, Yehudi Menuhin, alongside author Christopher Hope with illustrations by Angela Barrett.

The performance will last 1hr in total, and is preceded by a participatory musical workshop to enable the audience to get involved in the telling of the tale as subjects of the King. Suitable for primary aged children and their families, as well as those with special educational needs. You can hear a bit of the new music here.

This commission is part of the 2016 Menuhin Centenary celebrations, funded with the support of Arts Council Wales. Live Music Now is the UK’s leading musicians development and outreach charity, providing exceptional live music experiences for people with limited access to the arts, due to disability, illness of social disadvantage.

The King, the Cat and the Fiddle will premiere at St David's Hall in Cardiff on the 22 April 2016 (schools concerts) followed by a public family concert on Saturday the 23rd April. Tickets available through St David's Hall website or by calling their box office on 029 2087 8444.

The King, the Cat and the Fiddle will be touring schools and festivals through Autumn 2016. For booking enquiries, please email [email protected] or ring LMN Wales on 02920 554040.

For more information on LMN's Menuhin Centenary celebration, click here.