Totally Toddler!

Friday 17 June 2022, 10.45am

Tonbridge Baptist Church
Darenth Avenue, Tonbridge, TN10 3HZ


Jessie Grimes – clarinet
Charis Hanning – piano

A 40-minute interactive performance specially designed for babies, toddlers and parents/carers. Live classical music in a relaxed concert setting, with children free to dance, sing and move about as they listen.

The concert starts at 10,45am, doors open from 10.15am

Family ticket £5 (1 adult + children) | Additional adult £3
(includes post-concert coffee, tea and biscuits)

This concert was originally scheduled for Friday 28 January 2022 but was postponed due to the rising number of Covid cases over Christmas.


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Jessie Grimes

London-based Irish clarinettist Jessie Grimes, despite not being able to actually juggle, loves juggling different careers. She is a chamber musician and orchestral player, as well as a teacher, presenter and creative workshop leader.

She has performed as a soloist at the Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields,NCH Dublin and at the Brighton Festival, but her first love is chamber music. As well as her long-standing joyful collaboration with the Jacquin Trio, she also enjoys a musical relationship with the Dr K Sextet, Ensemble Perpetuo, The Riot Ensemble and Ossian Ensemble.

As an orchestral musician, Jessie been principal clarinet of the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra since 2014 and also enjoys working with orchestras such as the BBC and RTE Orchestras, ROH Covent Garden and Camerata Ireland. As a student she enjoyed many outrageously fun and musically inspiring tours with the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Jessie is really keen to share her love for music with others. She teaches clarinet at the Royal College of Music (RCM) Junior Department. She has presented live on BBC television, is a Live Music Now and Sound Connections mentor, and delivers workshops for Camerata Ireland, Wigmore Learning, Spitalfields and RPO Resound. She also works closely with with the Ulster Orchestra, presenting concerts and workshops and with Sinfonia Viva as an SEN specialist and creative workshop leader.

Jessie graduated with an MMus from the RCM in 2011 and was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal for Outstanding Musical Achievement as well as RCM Rising Star and RCM Senior Woodwind Prizes, thanks to many hours in practice rooms fuelled by huge double-decker sandwiches. As well as being a musician she dreams of becoming a vegetable gardener, and loves hiking, rock climbing, yoga and stand-up comedy.


Charis Hanning

With family roots in Vancouver and Hong Kong, pianist Charis Hanning made London her home after arriving there as a naive student in 2009 with little more than her Canadian hoodie and keep-cup. Her sense of adventure is ever-present, making her a versatile, creative and spirited artist.

Experienced in solo, accompaniment and chamber music, Charis loves most of all to collaborate with others. As well as being a founding member of the Jacquin Trio, Charis has worked with instrumentalists and singers from around the world in places such as Fundación Juan March and Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. She has also combined with singers at the Aldeburgh English Song Project and Vancouver International Song Institute. Currently she very much enjoys working with students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, as their Junior Fellow accompanist.

Charis has given solo performances in the UK including at Purcell Room and St Martin-in-the-Fields, and also in Canada, Hong Kong, Italy and India. Among her solo awards are the McCallum Prize at the Royal Overseas League Keyboard Competition, the Belle Shenkman Award and the John & Jean Redcliffe-Maud Prize at RCM.

Beyond her concert schedule, Charis takes great delight in inspiring music-lovers and music-novices alike. She coaches chamber groups and gives masterclasses for young musicians, is staff pianist at Trinity Laban’s Junior Department, mentors artists for Live Music Now, leads creative workshops and gives teacher-trainings.

Charis received her MMus with distinction from RCM and her BMus from the University of British Columbia. For her, making music with the Jacquins is so fun because it’s like how she makes food – by instinct, with spice and for sharing.