Concerteenies: Engines Engines with tabla (3s and 4s)

John Ball & Polly Ives
  • Wednesday 2 October
    10.15 – 11.00am
  • 11.30am - 12.15pm
  • Saturday 5 October
    10.30 – 11.15am
  • Saturday 5 October
    11.45am - 12.30pm
Ticket typeCost
1st childfree
Additional siblings £2.00
Under 6 months free

Live music, sensory elements and a musical story

Choo! Choo!

Join classical indian musician John Ball and narrator/ workshop leader Polly Ives for a musical story of Engines Engines by Lisa Bruce and Stephen Waterhouse. The concert includes music on the tabla, santoor and cello. Children and their grown-ups will join in with drumming, playing shakers and singing songs. This event includes bubbles, percussion, props and informal introductions and is a great way to introduce young children to live music in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Polly Ives presents children's concerts around the UK with groups including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble 360, London Mozart Players, Royal Opera House. She has worked with CBeebies and the Beatrix Potter Attraction. She has led numerous education projects with Music in the Round, including a series of musical stories in Sheffield this May and is currently a lead musician in a project in 18 nurseries in the South East of Sheffield. She has coached the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain, CSYO and has worked with Sheffield Music Hub, Sheffield Music School and is Chair of Sheffield Young Singers. She also is founder and director of Concerteenies and has a 9 month old and a 3 year old.

John Ball is World Music Performer in residence at the University of Sheffield, specialising in North Indian Classical Music, teaching and performing on tabla and santoor. He is hugely experienced as a composer and performer in world music ensembles, collaborating with Western Classical, West African, Jazz, Folk and Pop Musicians. He has worked with a diverse range of artists including Juldeh Camara (BBC World Music Award Winner), Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley. John is currently working with Indus, a dynamic and eclectic quartet who specialise in innovative arrangements and adaptations of traditional South Asian themes, and Rafiki Jazz, a Sheffield based 10-piece world music collective who play contemporary global dance music.

* Please note the slight change to tickets pricing.


Adults £7/ 1st child free/ additional children £2/ under 6months free/ (in advance - booking fees apply). When booking your ticket, please also order your free tickets.

Pre-sales end at 6pm the evening before the concert.

Most concerts sell out before the day so do check the Facebook Concerteenies page.


- Main pub doors and Backroom doors open at 10am.

- No need to print your ticket. Just tell us your name on the door.

- Free tea, coffee and biscuits are provided (the bar will be selling food and drinks after the concert)

- You are responsible for the safety of your own children and belongings.

- Buggies can be left in the main bar and we encourage you to put coats and bags on the stage area.

- There is nappy changing facilities and feel free to breastfeed.

- This is a listening concert so we encourage you to not chat throughout so your fellow audience members and little ones can really enjoy the music.


John Ball (Tabla/ santoor) and Polly Ives (Narrator)


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