Monty the Maestro and his Marvellous Magical Orchestra is a series that enables you and your children to get to know the musical instruments of the symphony orchestra in a fun and fantastical way. By reading the colourful picture books with the accompanying audiobooks your children will learn what the musical instruments look like, understand how the instruments work and discover what they sound like individually and altogether.
While absorbing this information, children will be entertained by the humorous plots, amused by the narrator’s character voices, stimulated visually by the stunning illustrations and be captivated by the musical soundtrack. Altogether this creates a thoroughly sensory experience.
For a child wanting to learn a musical instrument it is a very exciting time, but often deciding which musical instrument to play is made for the wrong reasons. Above all else there should be one main consideration when making this decision and that is whether the child loves the sound of their chosen instrument. This enchanting series is the ideal tool to expose children to the wide variety of wonderful instruments on offer and is an engaging way to help them decide which instrument they really want to play.
Gabrielle Amelia Ridgeon is the creator of Monty the Maestro and his Marvellous Magical Orchestra and company director of its publishing company GAR Publications Ltd. Gabrielle is a professional composer, arranger and music educator who studied composition at the Royal College of Music.
Gabrielle’s passion for wanting to engage young children in music comes from wonderful memories of her own musical upbringing – through listening, playing and singing – and although her introduction to music was through learning the piano from the age of 5, it was through playing the ﬂute and bassoon that she heard and experienced the orchestra ﬁrst hand. Gabrielle’s love of the orchestra now continues through her compositional work and her portfolio includes original concert hall works and scores for animations, documentaries and other mixed media projects as well as orchestrations and arrangements for professional ensembles and orchestral musicians.
Charlotte Gallagher is delighted to be a part of Monty the Maestro and his Magical Marvellous Orchestra. She is currently working with poet Kimberly Campanello on The Con|Eva Project, a work commemorating The Easter Rising (London Irish Centre). Theatre includes: The Judas Kiss (West End); Medea (Riverside Studios); The Tragedie of Cleopatra (UCL). Film and TV includes: Captain Webb (Marathon Films); Love Me Till Monday (Hardy Pictures); Jesus Decoded (National Geographic).
Charlotte’s solo show, Carlotta De Galleon – A Fool For Love, about love and romance novels was part of the 2015 Camden Fringe Festival.
Kate Slater is a freelance illustrator, author and designer-maker. She works in collage, sometimes using this to create suspended, relief illustrations. These 3-dimensional collages often look a bit like tiny, chaotic paper theatre sets which Kate photographs to produce the ﬁnal image.
While Kate mostly illustrates children’s books and magazines she has also produced work for all sorts of clients, including advertising and editorial, and has a growing business creating her own range of stationery, wrapping paper and homeware.
Do you have questions about how to get your children interested in music? Don’t want to be pushy parents? Would love them to learn an instrument and need some advice on where to start?
The blog will be launching later this month to answer your questions about engaging your children with music.
So what advice would you like and what would you like to know? Send us a message to email@example.com
Our five festive offers are available until 15th December only. Share the gift of music with your friends and family this Christmas!
1. Order one of our books and have it personally signed by the author.
Add one book to your shopping trolley and remember to add the name you would like your books signed to in the comments box!
2.Order two of our books and save 15% on your order!
Simply add two books to your shopping trolley. Make sure you enter the coupon MONTY2 to receive your discount and then add the name you would like your book signing to in the comments box.
3. Order any three books and get a fourth book free!
Simply add your books to the shopping trolley. To get your fourth book free add the name of the extra title you would like in the comments box, along with the names you would like your books signed to.
4. Order four books and get the audiobook versions for free.
All your books can be personally signed by the author. Simply add four books to the shopping trolley. You will automatically receive the audiobooks by email once you’ve ordered. Remember to add the names you would like your books signed to in the comments box!
5. Order any five books and get a sixth book and the audiobooks for free!
All your books can be personally signed by the author. Simply add five books to the shopping trolley. You will automatically receive the audiobooks by email once you’ve ordered and we’ll throw in a sixth book for you for free! Remember to add the names you would like your books signed to in the comments box!
Please note: Our offers are only available through our online shop. Simply go to Monty’s shop
Offers available until 15th December – don’t miss out!
This blog is an area designed especially for parents and teachers. It’s a place you can visit for more information on the content covered within the Monty series and where we hope you will find the answers to questions you may have regarding your children and their musical education.
In our regular blog updates we will cover a range of topics however if you would like us to cover something specific then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to include these in our posts.
Monty has a new video out now! Watch it to discover everything you need to know about the book series and our accompanying audiobooks.
This week we received yet another great review, this time from Amethyst, mother of one. After reading the book and listening to the audiobook together, here’s what they had to say about Monty…
“We love this book! Monty the Maestro and his Marvellous Magical Orchestra is a wonderful introduction to classical music and different instruments for children. Every page is super dynamic and beautifully illustrated. The story itself is in a rhyming scheme which was totally unexpected and so perfect. It makes it a great read for younger kids but older children will love it because the story is fun. The vocabulary is great and you could definitely use this series as a learning tool for new vocabulary words. There’s an accompanying musical audiobook available on the website!”