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Musical Stories: Introducing Teddy

11 February 2022, 10:30am12 February 2022, 3:30pm
BookingsBookings required
Location Pauline Gandel Children's Quarter
The Quad
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Explore the magic of live music in an exciting new collaboration with Orchestra Victoria! 

Introducing Teddy is a gentle story written by Jessica Walton about gender, long-lasting friendships and being true to yourself. This new work by composer Christine Pan brings Jessica’s charming picture book to life with the beautiful sounds of percussion, clarinet and cello. 

In the short 30-minute interactive session, children will participate in the storytelling and learn all about the different instruments being played in the performance. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience musical storytime in our newly renovated spaces. They’ll be singing and dancing all the way home!

Suitable for ages three and older. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  

Please note: there will be four 30-minute performances each day, at 10.30am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm and 3.00pm 

About the composer

Christine Pan is a Sydney-based composer commended for her versatility. She has composed for physics professors and engineers to dancers and orchestras. Her works are often developed from social-cultural and philosophical frameworks that she takes great pride in meticulously researching. Her music has been played by the Goldner Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, Ensemble Terra, the Judgement of Paris and other renowned ensembles. 

About the author

Jessica Walton is a disabled writer, teacher and musician living on Boon Wurrung land with their wife and children. They are the author of the picture book Introducing Teddy, the story of a transgender teddy bear. Illustrated by Dougal MacPherson, the book started as a self-published Kickstarter project but was published worldwide in English by Bloomsbury in 2016. It has now been translated into nine different languages. 

About the narrators

Janet McLeod (1.30pm & 3pm sessions)

With over 25 years as a comedy performer, producer, talent coordinator and behind-the-scenes whiz kid, Janet’s sense of fun and colour has made her a popular host at State Library Victoria, not to mention countless trivia nights and comedy events - both live and online.

Julie Murray (10.30 & 12pm sessions)

Julie is the Music Practitioner at The Currajong School and founder of Sounds Like This, specialising in music for childhood brain development. 

About Orchestra Victoria

This is a Programming Partnership with Orchestra Victoria. 

Orchestra Victoria a specialist opera and ballet orchestra based in the Melbourne arts precinct. Established in 1969, Orchestra Victoria is a world-class performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera. With a rich history performing with opera, dance and musical theatre companies, Orchestra Victoria is dynamic and versatile with expertise in an incredible breadth of repertoire, and a commitment to true collaboration. 

This new commission from Orchestra Victoria, in partnership with State Library Victoria, is supported by the Besen Family Foundation. 

Pauline Gandel Children's Quarter, supported by Gandel Foundation, is a purpose-built space for children and families to read, learn and play, with an associated program of activities.

Planning your visit

State Library Victoria is a Child Safe Organisation. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Visitors to the Library over 18 years of age must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be required to provide proof of vaccination, either with a digital certificate linked to the Service Victoria app or a printed copy of their vaccination certificate with identification. All visitors must check in using the Service Victoria app upon arrival. Read more about a COVID-safe Library.

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