Team Honk Blogger Relay

VERY proud of Rock and Roll’s own Liz Burton on her fantastic achievement at the weekend. Liz and her team did a 4km cold water swim relay in the River Cam, followed by a 30 mile bike ride, a half marathon and a 5 mile walk taking the baton from Cambridge – Milton Keynes.

This was part of a blogger relay from Land’s End to John O’Groats they are aiming to raise £20,000 for Sports Relief.

Please carry on donating herehttp://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/cambridgeteamhonk

Pic below of Liz and Helen Neale of Kiddy Charts and their partners.

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Top Baby PR for 2014

We are very excited to be working with some fabulous new clients in 2014. We wanted to let you know about a promotion we are doing for World Book Day with Blossom Magazine. Please read the press release below to find out more!

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Calling all future authors!

Blossom Magazine searches for Britain’s best young storywriter 

in association with World Book Day

 

Winning story will feature in the magazine

                                                                                                                        17 January 2014

Blossom Magazine, the magazine for little girls who love to learn, has launched a story-writing competition in association with World Book Day to inspire children to put pencil to paper and write an imaginative story for the magazine.

The winning story will be printed in the magazine illustrated by the Blossom artist. The winner will also receive a visit to their school or nursery from the hugely successful Princess Poppy author, Janey Louise Jones; a bundle of books for them and their school library from Random House; and a special keepsake bound version of their story.

Andrea Turton, Blossom editor, says: “We’re hoping that little ones will be inspired to pick up a pencil and write an imaginative story that will entertain our readers! The story could take the Blossom Girls anywhere, doing anything – the possibilities are endless!”

The entries should be a maximum of 500 words and feature the four Blossom Girls characters – Lily, Rose, Daisy and Violet – who appear in each issue of the magazine. The winning entry will be by judged by a panel of industry experts for its imagination and creativity.

Janey Louise Jones, author of the Princess Poppy books, says: “It was always my dream as a little girl to be a writer, so I am really pleased to be involved with Blossom Magazine in their search for a young story-teller. I would loved to have had a story illustrated and published at such a young age and I’m sure the competition will be a source of inspiration for budding writers everywhere… dreams can come true!”

The competition is open from 5th February to 8th March 2014, full details can be found in Blossom Magazine issue 10 (on sale 5th Feb).

 

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Notes to editors

 

Blossom, launched by Immediate Media’s award-winning editorial team in May 2013, is aimed at 4-6 year olds and is a girls’ magazine with a difference. It fills a gap in the market for a younger girls’ magazine that appeals to those girls who love all things pink and sparkly, but offers quality educational content.

 

Tailor-made for the way girls learn, Blossom magazine features its own four girl characters: Lily, Rose, Daisy and Violet alongside popular children’s book, TV and toy characters, who guide readers through the magazine. Blossom shows girls how to shine at activities from ballet to bug spotting and French to football. It also introduces girls to careers that they may aspire to, such as doctors, vets, pilot s or architects, encouraging them to ‘think beyond the pink’!

 

Every month Blossom carries an exclusive, high quality gift designed to appeal to young girls, such as a ‘Design your own flip-flops set’ and a ‘Make your own peg-doll ballerinas craft kit’.

 

Blossom  is priced at £2.75 and is available at all major retailers and independents around the UK.

 

About Immediate Media Co:

Immediate Media Co, the specialist interest content and platform company, creates compelling content on platforms that enhances the way people engage with what they love. With an exciting mix of market-leading brands, great talent and technology expertise, Immediate, one of the biggest consumer media businesses in the UK and the third largest magazine publisher, combines its reputation for editorial quality with an integrated approach to delivering multi-platform content.

 

Its wholly owned brands include Radio Times, olive, Homes & Antiques and highly successfully digital brands including MadeForMums.com, loveyourhair.com and visordown.com. It publishes BBC Top Gear, BBC Good Food, and BBC EasyCook on behalf of BBC Worldwide as well as BBC History, BBC Gardeners’ World, BBC Focus and the CBeebies portfolio, under licence. It publishes Lonely Planet Traveller magazine for LPG Inc.

With 850 staff in London and Bristol, Immediate has over 1 million subscribers, a brand reach of over 25 million UK consumers and revenues of £150m per annum. It is owned by Exponent Private Equity.

Follow us on Twitter @Immediate_Media

World Book Day, Thursday 6 March, is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. It’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. It’s about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.

 

 

 

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New Projects Update

We have been really busy since the start of the year securing some fantastic new projects. These have included

The Forestry Commission

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We are on board to implement a parent blogging strategy for the FC to encourage more families with pre school children to visit the forests. We have had a whole host of activity from bloggers who have got on board as either official ambassadors or reviewers and visited the forests, written forest inspired arts and craft posts and we also have many posts coming out for Fathers day this weekend so keep a look out for them. We have a full year planned for them packed with Fairytales, Rainforest, Summer, Autumn and Winter themes. Thanks to a fabulous Mummy Whisperer who has highlighted this campaign in a recent post as ‘A successful use of a bloggers in a campaign’

Kids Embrace

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We were very excited when we secured the UK contract for Kids Embrace who have launched their new Batman Car Seat, shaped and moulded like Batman complete with its own super hero cape. Little wannabe superheros and unsurprisingly their dads are all super excited. We have had many tweets go out from the National Film Press including Total Film Magazine and we even need to say thanks to the Duke of Cambridge for asking if there was a Batman Car Seat at his recent visit to Warner Bros Studios. We are on the case in sending one to the expectant couple. Watch this space! Look out in the Daily Telegraph this weekend as Daisy Bridgewater has included in her fantastic Children’s Notebook Column.

Little Casa

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Then we had Little Casa that came on board. We loved the gorgeous boutique feel of the site, the clever imagery and the artistic spin they put on everything. A lovely passionate team to work with we can’t wait for the imminent launch of the site. They will be stocking their own branded licenced items as well as some hot new independent designers including a past client of ours Rockabye Baby. So we know its going to be a super stylish place to shop online!

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Universal (Disney)

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Being picked to work with Universal Music on their new Disney releases really was a dream client for us, combining Music and Kids the two things in life we are totally passionate about. We have already completed our first project which was the soundtrack of Disney’s ‘Shake it Up’, which went down a storm and now we have just kicked off with a new project – Teen Beach Movie Soundtrack. The Excitement is building, if you loved High School Musical you are going to love this. We can’t wait for the red carpet premier next month! If you fancy reviewing the album please drop Louise an email louise@rockandrollbabyworld.co.uk

Megson

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This weekend out director Louise is going to see Megson with her two little girls as they put on a Family Folk Show in Kettering. Megson have just released an album ‘When I was A Lad’, which has received some amazing reviews in the national press and has been given the thumbs up from the parenting community! We have loved working the project and you can catch Megson over the Summer as they set off on the Festival Trail.

That’s all folks, until next time……

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Baby PR Agency Launch Celebrity Gifting Service

Rock and Roll Baby World has been working hard over the last few years making a name for itself as one the leading specialist Family PR Companies in the UK. Our boutique and niche approach has been really impressing clients who love the fact we are a small and dedicated team that specialise in not only parenting media but also our tailored hand picked parent blogger campaigns.

We are now delighted to announce that we are in a postion to offer new and existing clients a Celebrity gifting and endorsement service:

Our in house PR team has worked with a number of celebrities, building up personal relationships using invaluable contacts we have built up over many years

We are now able to provide the following bespoke services:

-Celebrity Gifting

-Product Placement

-Testimonials

-Celebrity Images

-Staged Press Shots

Using a Celebrity can really help get maximum exposure for your brand.

For further information please drop Louise@rockandrollbabyworld.co.uk an email to discuss further

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The Land of Sometimes – Voices of The Big Sing

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Two School Children From Oxfordshire Are Set For Chart Battle For The Christmas Number One Spot!

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Ladbrokes have just announced that two unknown school children from Oxfordshire are now in the chart battle for the coveted Christmas Number One Spot with odds of 10/1 with their charity single ‘Dare Make A Wish’.

400 other children also from the Oxford area came together to record the song, with the two youngsters, which will see all proceeds being donated to the Dyslexia Action charity.

Francesca Longrigg, writer and creator of The Land of Sometimes CD from which the single is taken from has said

“This single is by children for children. In the music industry particularly with the likes of X Factor and Novelty singles competing for the top spot we wanted to remember what the heart of Christmas is all about – the children and give them a chance to shine and have their special moment.”

Ladbrokes have put the children in front of the likes of Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud and Olly Murs with only the X Factor hopefuls Jermaine Douglas, James Arthur and the Hillsborough charity single in front of them.

Background Info

Auditions have taken place in Banbury over the last few months to search for two children to play the lead vocals for a Christmas single called ‘Dare Make a Wish’, which is set for release on the 9th December.

Hundreds of hopefuls turned up hoping to be chosen to play Alfie and Elise the two central characters in the magical Land of Sometimes story / musical.

Children came from all over Oxfordshire and were asked to perform in front of a panel which included musical director of the single Mo Westworth (also founder of Unison Rock Academy), Marc Marot  – ‘Former president of Island records, and now chairman of the Crown Talent and Media group who manage Jessie J as well as Kirsty Leahy – Banbury Sound/Touch FM radio DJ.

The two talented youngsters to be picked were Libby Griffiths, age 10 who attends the Sibford Junior School and Will Homewood, age 12 who attends The Warriner School.

Will and Libby came together with 400 other children from the Oxfordshire area on the 28th November to record the single at St Mary’s Church, Banbury, which may see some of Oxfordshire’s brightest and talented young children in a race with the X factor winner to get to the top of the charts!

FURTHER INFO:

The Land of Sometimes is a musical cd for children – A magical story of two twins who go on a journey to a far away land and along the way meet the most eccentric characters who all have their own song. Fans include Ewan McGregor and Laura Bailey and reviews have appeared in many national papers such as The Daily Telegraph and The Times. All have been enchanted by this wonderfully unique cd.

The Land of Sometimes will be joining forces with the charity Dyslexia Action to release a charity single on December 9th, which will be a version of one of the album tracks ‘Dare Make A Wish’.

The musical director for the single is the wonderful Mo Westworth, who is director of the Unison Rock Academy and the i-Stage Academy in Oxfordshire.

The proceeds will go to the charity ‘Dyslexia Action’, the biggest dyslexia charity in the UK. We believe in the tremendous power of music in helping to transform learning difficulties, and indeed the Land of sometimes very own Isadora, who plays Elise on the album, who felt that her involvement in recording The Land Of Sometimes boosted her confidence and helped her overcome learning difficulties from her dyslexia enormously.

Libby Griffiths who will sing the lead part of Elise is also Dyslexic, which the panel had no idea of until after she had won the part!

 “Dyslexia Action are so grateful for being the partner charity of the single made by all at the ‘Land of Sometimes’. We are very keen to have enthusiastic fundraisers such as LOS on this team, supporting the charity. It is both such a lovely and unique idea and we are glad to be a part of it. The money raised from this single will be used to help change many lives and help to break down the barriers in education that those living with dyslexia face. On behalf of Dyslexia Action, I’d like to thank all those involved in making this wonderful piece of music and to all those who purchase it and therefore support this very worthy cause”

 Danielle Perrin, Supporter Relationship Team

The single will be available on iTunes from Sunday December 9th, and will be titled

The Land of Sometimes voices of the big sing!

For further press info, pictures etc please contact Louise@rockandrollbabyworld.co.uk or 07980 996318

www.thelandofsometimes.com

 

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The Celtic Tenors Live at Hall For Cornwall

 

The Celtic Tenors stop off for one night only to play at the Hall for Cornwall on the 28th July.

With their global success and marathon touring promoting their latest album ‘Feels Like Home’, which reached number 22 in the Billboard Charts in the USA, The Celtic Tenors voices have been described as ‘closest to hearing angels sing.

Multi million CD selling Matthew, James and Daryl will be touring in the UK in 2012 and bringing to audiences their phenomenal performances. Their Irish wit, charm and good looks, along with lively show, full of fun, banter and uplifting voices, guarantee an unforgettable night.

Tickets

£19.50 to £25.50

For more information please look at the Hall for Cornwall’s Website.

For review opportunities please drop Louise@rockandrollbabyworld.co.uk an email

The Celtic Tenors have captivated audiences throughout the UK, Europe and the U.S. since their arrival on the music scene in 2000. What began just a few years ago as three very talented friends gathering on the operatic stage has since exploded into an international recording and touring phenomenon that transcends the trio’s classical roots and embraces folk, pop and various other dimensions of the musical spectrum.

Following an impromptu audition in London, the original lineup of tenors – Matthew Gilsenan, Niall Morris and James Nelson – was signed on the spot to an international record deal with EMI, an event so unprecedented that it soon became the talk of the music industry.

The Celtic Tenors’ eponymously titled debut album immediately soared to the No. 2 spot on the UK classical charts. It went to No. 1 in Ireland and Germany, and won the Echo Award (the German version of the GRAMMYS) for Best Classical Crossover Album of 2002. The Tenors’ full-length TV special, Ein Grosse Irischer Abend (A Great Irish Evening), filmed in front of a capacity crowd in Hamburg, was broadcast to millions of viewers in Germany regularly for more than two years. It was then released as a special on more than 260 channels in the PBS network in the U.S. In a short time, this combination of recording, touring and worldwide television exposure made The Celtic Tenors one of the most successful classical crossover acts of 2002, with an album in the top ten on the Billboard charts in the U.S.

So Strong, the 2002 followup to the trio’s auspicious debut, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and produced by the legendary Mike Moran.

Their first Telarc release, Remember Me, came out in February 2006, featuring  four very special guest vocalists: Samantha Mumba (“You Raise Me Up”), Brian Kennedy (“We Are Not Islands”) and Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply, who lend a hand on an epic version of Air Supply’s classic power pop ballad of 1980, “All Out of Love.” The project was a no-brainer for Russell, whose first experience of the trio made him an instant fan. “’All Out Of Love’ was our biggest hit, and I wanted to re-record it,” he says. “I heard The Celtic Tenors on a visit to Ireland and I knew immediately that we just had to duet with these guys.”

The Celtic Tenors were invited to sing for former U.S. President Bill Clinton during his visit to Dublin Castle in 2002 as part of a fund-raising effort for the Northern Ireland Peace Fund. Clinton has since said The Celtic Tenors’ version of his favorite song, “Danny Boy,” is the best he’s ever heard. In 2004, the trio had the special honor of singing in a private audience for U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane during a trip to Ireland. The surprise recital in honor of Annan’s birthday was a personal gift to the couple from U2 frontman Bono.

The Celtic Tenors have appeared on numerous compilation albums, including True Colors, the Official Rugby World Cup Album 2003; and Harmony, the Official Classical Album for the 2004 Olympic Games. They also appeared on Another World, the huge selling 2005 recording by Liam Lawton. Total album sales worldwide, including compilations, have surpassed a million units, making them the largest selling classical crossover artists to come out of Ireland.

2008’s Hard Times, a self-released CD of works from the great Americana songbook was the first effort to include new member Daryl Simpson.

Their most recent Telarc release Feels Like Home [October 2011] features the RTE Concert Orchestra and the Omagh Community Youth Choir in Ireland.  The Tenors add their gorgeous voices to beautiful pop songs like Richard Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day” and Randy Newman’s “Feels Like Home” as well as traditional fare like “Sou Gan” and “She Moved Through the Fair.”

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Monkey Music Release Single for Nordoff Robbins

We are looking after a fantastic charity single called ‘The Day Is here’, which is being released by Monkey Music to raise funds for Nordoff Robbins and celebrating our forthcoming summer of sport. All monkey music groups across the UK are involved and the pre school children will be learning it in their classes,

 We are looking for bloggers and journalists to help raise awareness and write about this for us, please contact Louise for further information!

 

The single is launched on the 18th May. and more info can be found on the Monkey Music Website http://www.monkeymusic.co.uk . You can also download the single from there too!

 

The Day is Here Little Monkeys Sing for Charity

 

Monkey Music – the UK’s premium music group for pre-school children – ­has recorded a special charity song to celebrate an amazing summer of sport. Performed by young children, aged 7, 8 and 9, and written especially for Monkey Music, the Anthem, ‘The Day is Here!’, tells the exciting story of a running race.

 

‘The Day is Here’ will not only provide a fun sporting interlude during Monkey Music classes across the UK but also, by selling it online to the families and friends of Monkey Music’s 10,000 children, Monkey Music also aims to raise much needed funds for music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins.

 

Nordoff Robbins is a national specialist music charity, delivering 50,000 music therapy sessions a year to a broad range of people in schools, hospitals and care homes across the UK. Their qualified music therapists specifically help people with a range of challenges including autism, dementia, mental health problems, stroke, brain injury, learning difficulties, depression and in some cases clients have threatening or terminal illness, such as cancer.

 

Angie Coates, Founder of Monkey Music, said;

 

“Both Monkey Music and Nordoff Robbins offer children fresh opportunities and life changing experiences through music. We believe that by working together we can raise awareness of the benefits of music for everyone. It’s lovely to use 2012 and the summer of sport to engage the very youngest of children in the excitement of sport and the joy of music.”

 

Jo Carter, Director of Fundraising & Communications Nordoff Robbins said:

 

“We are delighted to be working with Monkey Music, to be sharing our mutual believe in the power of music and to help raise funds to continue transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK. As a charity we rely entirely on voluntary donations, so the Monkey Music song released this summer is a great way to raise funds and awareness.”

 

What’s next?

 

Monkey Music classes will learn ‘The Day is Here’ during their Monkey Music classes over the coming weeks. Then, from the end of May the ‘The Day is Here’ will be officially released and available to buy online with all profits going to charity.

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