Our Story

The critically acclaimed concert series Bach to Baby was set up by mum and pianist Miaomiao Yu after becoming frustrated at not being able to take her children to the sort of quality classical music concerts that she regularly enjoyed as a professional musician.

Miaomiao, an award-winning pianist, wanted to perform for her son in a concert setting, but found it unrealistic for many reasons, including the late nights.

"And then I thought, this is silly. Why not play for him and his friends and other babies and toddlers, at a kid-friendly time? The idea grew from there," said Miaomiao, who was also a professor of piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

"And then I thought, this is silly. Why not play for him and his friends and other babies and toddlers, at a kid-friendly time?”

Miaomiao set about to design a rigorous musical programme for families that wouldn't have been out of place at the Proms. Programming ranges from Bach to Barber, from Chopin to Shostakovich. "I didn't want to dumb it down for children. Studies show the positive effects of live classical music and children are like little sponges at this stage. Why shouldn’t they be allowed to experience the same high calibre performances enjoyed by adults in the best concert halls of the world?” asks Miaomiao.

Bach to Baby founder Miaomiao Yu

While rooted in the core classical repertoire, Bach to Baby has always been passionate about celebrating different music traditions, including foot-stomping Klezmer, gypsy jazz, Afro-Latin rhythms, Hungarian Magyar, and British and Caribbean sea shanties. Not to mention operatic arias, hits from the musicals, including Disney favourites, and a healthy dose of Beatlemania!

"I've been bringing my son Aubrey to concerts since he was 2 weeks old. He listened and slept and bounced to music," says the mother of two rambunctious boys. "He is enthralled, and proves my theory that children will thrive in a concert setting as long as they are given the opportunity in the first place."

"It's about Mozart and Bach, feeding and crying and dancing to music - all of it"

Miaomiao was encouraged by the overwhelming response to her first concert. Bach to Baby now presents concerts in over 40 venues across London, Surrey and Kent, as well as in Cambridge, Colchester, Henley, Oxford and Reading.

Instead of playing at modest community halls, venues with a specific sense of atmosphere were chosen. "I want babies to enjoy sophisticated music and that’s aided by fantastic atmosphere and acoustics, as well as fabulous guest artists," said Miaomiao, adding that exhausted parents deserve an inspiring setting as much as anyone.

Being a mum first and foremost, Miaomiao welcomes all the frenzy that comes along with being a parent of a young child. "It's about Mozart and Bach, feeding and crying, and dancing to music - all of it," said Miaomiao. "We haven't made it through a concert without at least one nappy change. That's the way it should be," she said.

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Our Musicians

Katie Stillman, leader of Opera North, entrancing our audiences

We bring musicians from the top concert halls to perform in your ‘hood. Our artists reflect the multicultural world that we live in today, with diverse heritage including Afro Cuban, Indian, Brazilian, Israeli, Chinese, Korean, Eastern European, Japanese, British Isles and more, bringing with them flavours and experiences of their own roots.

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Bach to Baby is regularly seen at special events around the country, including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Royal Albert Hall, Layer Marney Tower, Edinburgh Fringe, Canterbury Cathedral and historic houses such as Burgh House and Museum, Pitzhanger Manor, Fetcham House.

We’ve partnered with London Mozart Players, Rambert Dance Company, Horniman Museum, Roman River Festival, and Wimbledon Book Festival, and partied with Camp Bestival and Secret Garden Party.

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