Monday 21 October 2019

Weird & Wonderful Storytimes

I'm back with my Halloween inspired Storytimes this week! I will be visiting libraries dotted all around London with my musical storytelling workshop which is based on my Music Audio Story called 'Weird & Wonderful'! It's a sweet tale about a centipede and his friends, a snail, a slug, and a spider.

Children learn about the bugs and experience how they live and the importance of us not stepping on them! I used unusual instruments in this audiobook such as the African Kalimba, Tapped Wine Glass sounds, the Pan Mallet, and some Jamaican instruments. It's nice for children to discover sounds of instruments they may never have heard before!

If you have little ones between the age of 2- 5 years, come and join me!

Halloween Inspired Storytime Dates

Tuesday 22nd October
Swiss Cottage Library 11:00am - 11:45am

Wednesday 23rd October
Barbican Children's Library - 11:00am - 11:45am

Thursday 24th October
Chiswick Library 11:00am - 11:45am

Friday 25th October
Wimbledon Library - 11:00am - 11:45am

I'm hoping to see lots of bugs, witches and wizards at the libraries!

It's going to be fun...


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Friday 18 October 2019

I won an Award!

WOWWWWWW!!! I won the What's On 4 Kids Award! ⭐🏆💝 I'm absolutely delighted! I cannot tell you how honoured and proud I am to receive this amazing award! I love visiting libraries with my Storytime and I put a tremendous amount of time and energy into organising my events for children all over London. Over the last few years, I have taught 3669 children at schools, nurseries, libraries, and community events all over London with Music Audio Stories! To be recognised for my hard work is truly heartwarming.

Over the last decade, the What's On 4 Kids Awards have celebrated the UK’s most exceptional kids’ clubs and classes as voted for by the experts – the parents and carers. Finalists, sponsors, and special guests are brought together for an awards ceremony in London. The ceremony, held on Friday 11th October 2019, was a celebration for children's activities professionals, their teams and the sector as a whole. This year a massive 80,000 parents and carers voted, and I was thrilled to win 'Most Loved Volunteer' - open to an individual providing children's activities anywhere in the UK on a voluntary basis.

Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories wins the What's On 4 Kids Award for Storytme with Anna-Christina

The list of finalists was read out and each person or company was applauded. When I heard my name called as the winner, it was surreal! I knew I was standing up and walking to the stage to collect the award but it felt like a dream! Each winner was given an opportunity to say a few words after they had been presented with their awards and gifts. My award was presented by Ben Sutcliffe, the Director of Executive Projects at Caudwell Children (who sponsored my award category). It was an honour to be part of such an inspiring and uplifting evening with people who are passionate about children's wellbeing, education, and entertainment.

Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories with Ben Sutcliffe Director of Executive Projects at Caudwell Children at the What's On 4 Kids Awards

MASSIVE thank you to everyone who voted for me to win this award! You are all AMAZING and it's because of you, that the award is now sitting in the Music Audio Stories Studio! Love, love, love you all!


Tuesday 1 October 2019

Autumn Falls

I can't believe we are in October already! Where is the time flying to? Last month was great but I have to admit, as the end of the year is approaching, I feel a slight sense of panic! I question whether I have accomplished enough and at the same time, I am proud of my progress!

The Hidden River Festival was brilliant! It was a lovely day and the weather was beautiful which made the event even more enjoyable.

It was a pleasure to be part of such a lovely festival with a great ethos based on community spirit, nature preserve, and family fun. All the things my company Music Audio Stories values!

We used our new Roller Banner and had a lovely big space to set up our merchandise. Our new CDs were a hit with the children! In fact, one excited little boy ran over to our table, grabbed a CD and ran off with it!  The CD reappeared a moment later when his slightly embarrassed father brought it back to us, before purchasing one of our Storytime Packages! 😆

Read more about this event here: our-day-at-hidden-river-festival

This month, I have been creating Mind-Maps and trying to get clear on my targets and goals for the rest of this year! I've been working closely with Jenika (my illustrator) and my closest friends to come up with solid plans for the future of Music Audio Stories! I feel so grateful to have such a strong team of people, always there to help, advise, be constructively critical and offer me support, at times when I need it the most.

Long term ideas are now taking shape and in time, everything will unfold. In the meantime, I have a few more events coming up beginning with my Halloween Inspired Storytimes, which I will tell you about later, and I am super happy to announce that I have recently completed my sixteenth Music Audio Story! 🎉 This story won't go into production until next year, as I am working on a few other audiobooks already.

I also played Bass in my friend's music video which was fun and I can confirm that I will be back on stage again with his band next month, which is exciting! Some people on Facebook have been asking me if they could see the TV interview I did with Dawattie Basdeo when we were interviewed live on BEN TV Breakfast Show! Well, here it is...