Family and Schools Concert and Music Making Resource: The Chimpanzees of Happytown

Join Ensemble 360 and presenter Polly Ives for this live stream and music making activities for families and schools

Recommended Age: 3–7 / EYFS / Key Stage 1

Based on the book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, The Chimpanzees of Happytown is Music in the Round’s live concert for young children. With original music by their Children’s Composer in Residence Paul Rissmann, performed by Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives, this captivating concert included projected images from the book and irresistibly catchy songs.

Activity Suggestion:

We particularly enjoyed the activity on page 6 of the concert resource pack - creating storm sounds using vocal and body sound effects!

Before watching the concert, why not practise your storm sounds with the examples below?

Light rainfinger taps or clicks
Heavier rainclap hands
Even heavier rainpat knees
Thunder stamp feet

Why not take it further and create storm sounds using objects around the home? For example, you could use pots and pans to create a loud thunderstorm!

For further activities, see the free pdf schools resource pack (5.03 MB) for this concert.


Ensemble 360
Lucy Gould; violin
Claudia Ajmone-Marsan; violin
Ruth Gibson; viola
Gemma Rosefield; cello
Laurène Durantel; double bass
Polly Ives; presenter