Orchestra Victoria and The Wheeler Centre present Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day: A delightful and uplifting musical adventure for children

Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day illustration by Allison Colpoys

Orchestra Victoria and The Wheeler Centre present the perfect school holiday treat with Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day – an interactive musical journey combining the magic of live music with heart-warming storytelling.

This new work transforms the charming picture book by award-winning author and illustrator duo Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys into a captivating melodic adventure suitable for audiences aged 5 – 8 years.

The event will feature an enchanting score from acclaimed composer Alan John and live, interactive narration by beloved storyteller Janet McLeod, making it the perfect first live concert for children. A series of performances will be held at The Wheeler Centre from 10 – 13 April.

Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day is an uplifting tribute to learning and growing – to making mistakes and making amends. Hard days come and go, but love is with us always.

As the narrative unfolds, Orchestra Victoria’s score, performed by wind and percussion musicians, amplifies the themes of the book, bringing the bright, animated, and colourful world of Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day leaping off the page and into the atmosphere.

Throughout the concert, young (and young-at-heart) audience members can engage in storytelling through guided group body movement and call-and-response activities, providing a fun way of connecting with the music and the emotional themes of the story.

The event marks the latest entry in Orchestra Victoria’s series of concerts for families that tell Australian stories through musical adaptions of acclaimed children’s books.

Designed with a child-centred approach, these productions provide space for young audiences to move and respond to the music and story, interactive elements and an opportunity to see the musicians up close.

“Music brings emotional resonance to live performances, and we’re excited to once again partner with The Wheeler Centre, who share our belief in the transformative power of storytelling,” said Orchestra Victoria General Manager Jacinta Ewers.

“We are delighted to have been able to commission this adaption of Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day for our youngest audience members, and share this beautiful story and message about emotions, learning and growing.”

“We hope our interactive storytime performances inspire, entertain, and leave a lasting impression on all who attend,” said Ms Ewers.

“The Wheeler Centre is thrilled to partner with Orchestra Victoria on Tomorrow is A Brand-New Day, introducing young audiences to Australian stories through these special musical performances,” said The Wheeler Centre Youth Programming Manager Bec Kavanagh.

With moving themes and life-long lessons presented amongst playful melodies, Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day promises to ignite young imaginations and foster a love of literature and music.

“Warm, playful and emotionally intelligent.” – Books+Publishing

Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Performance dates: 10 – 13 April 2024
Information and Bookings: www.orchestravictoria.com.au

Image: Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day – illustration by Allison Colpoys