In February 2012 Leonoor started to make contact with babies at day nursery De Regenboog at Billitonkade in Utrecht, just around the corner. Marthe makes photos and videos. We like to cooperate with Marga, she interacts with the children with much love.
We are at the nursery an hour a week, the children become calm and happy from listening to and playing on the treble (soprano) lute, the descant (soprano) viola da gamba (viol)
and our selfmade bamboo flutes of one tone.
The babies and toddlers play with an enormous concentration and what touches is the sound they make. Especially when they touch the strings with their still very soft fingers from the small (treble) soprano lute, the sound is so beautiful that an adult, however practised you are, you never can come up to that level (anymore)!
The small lute, called a treble (soprano) lute is the most subtle instrument in the classical music. Most people play on a bigger lute. In the Netherlands hardly anyone plays the treble lute. We play on gut strings (from sheep and goats), which make a natural and deep sound and our instruments are tuned a half tone lower than for example a piano or a violin, which gives rest. All our instruments are especially built for us. The lute appears to match wonderfully with babies and toddlers.
Since October 2012 we play with the four of us viola da gamba (viol) and lute for toddlers, the babies also are there. Unfortunately for the children, the parents, Marga and all other people wo worked there, this small location is closed in August 2013, because the organisation wanted more children at each location of their day nurseries.
In October 2014 there was a nice continuation/start with Marga again during the parents' evening and in November 2014 and May 2015 for the babies and toddlers at day nursery Jonas in the neighbourhood Pijlsweerd in Utrecht.
Leonoor and two children with the
descant (treble) viola da gamba