Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The History of Music, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter
As YOU might expect from a show with “music” in the title, there’s a lot of very fine playing in this light-hearted family show.
Taking us on a whistle-stop tour of musical history, Canadian quintet Buzz Brass not only demonstrate their musicianship, but a capacity to educate and entertain.
We start at the very beginning, when percussion was the only game in town. Almost ape-like, the men show how even in pre-historic times the desire to make music was strong.
From there, the compositions become increasingly refined. They pass through Roman times to Baroque to present day, with each period in history accompanied by a vaguely ridiculous costume or hat.
All of which is to be enjoyed, especially when we arrive in the 20th and 21st centuries and the tunes start becoming recognisable to younger audience members (James Bond, Frozen). But you can’t help but wonder if the package Buzz Brass has chosen to deliver this in couldn’t be a little less laboured.
At the front of all their comings and goings is an egomaniacal conductor, obsessed with his own importance. Often funny, but equally often not, the character connects with the audience and keeps us cheerful, but little more.
New Town Theatre , until 30 August, 1pm
Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015
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