International Press & Testimonials

“I’ve never been able to play anything – or sing properly – so you can imagine how thrilled we are that Finty is responding so well to your wonderful sessions.” (Dame Judi Dench)

“I think you’ve made a marvelous contribution to the country’s life by introducing children to music and relating their growing love of music to the history of the country” (Archbishop Runcie on “This Is your Life”)

“I was raised on your tapes, to the point where I hear your voice in my mind whenever I listen to the musical pieces you narrated! I myself now work as a writer, poet and storyteller, working with both young and adult audiences and I want to thank you for your impact on my life and my appreciation of music and story.

In my mind you are one of the great idols of my childhood!” (R.R.R. 2014)

“Her story-telling power is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC and her selection of text and music is nothing short of genius. She’s my TOP BANANA Best of the Bunch award for story telling.”  (Californian Press, USA)

‘My favourite in the series was the one about Mozart’s childhood, Mozart the Miracle Maestro, very well researched, but presented in such a way that kids become fascinated with the 18th century. “A small boy who hated sloppy kisses!…A miracle in a cathedral in Rome!…The mystery of the Dark Stranger…Wolfgang’s journey through Europe with his sister”. In fact, and this is a TRUE STORY, one five year old, visiting Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg, piped up, “that’s Mozart’s sister!” looking at her portrait. She’d recognized the picture from a children’s book and knew the story from Ann Rachlin.

And there are excellent ones on Handel and Haydn, indeed, two on Handel, which should be required listening for people who don’t get the baroque. Rachlin’s Handel’s Firework Party resonates with kids who know London. It is a godsend if you get stuck with kids in the car in Central London traffic. “Fireworks that backfire…Traffic jams in 1749…Sword fights on London Bridge…Road rage in horse-drawn carriages.” One minute the kid is having a tantrum, the next it’s transfixed by proper music, not pap. The performances are pretty good, LSO, Mackerras etc. Google Ann Rachlin for details. The series also includes ballets and orchestras and “stories” like Lt. Kije. Extremely good introduction to music even if you’re not a kid.”

(Classical Iconoclast)

“Ann has a special gift – she makes the composer come alive, making a lasting impression on young students!” (Fort Worth Press, Texas, USA)

“I have completely fallen under the spell of your delightful recordings. In Assembly today the whole school sat entranced by your story.” (Head Teacher, London)

“Thank you for giving Jessie a ‘love and joy’ of Music! I believe it will stay with her for ever.” (S.L.)

“Truly, it is inspiring to be able to expose my children to classical music and the ballet through your gifted work. I will certainly spread the word.” (M.D., Boston, USA.)

“I know of no cheque which I write with greater pleasure for your are introducing my child to one of the most wonderful experiences in the world.” (C.O.)

“At times the music is so brilliantly interwoven with the narration one feels the composers wrote it with Miss Rachlin’s ideas in mind!” (The Australian)

“Ann Rachlin is convincing because at the root of all her work, she is a good storyteller” (Music and Video Week)

“Ann Rachlin is a sort of Pied Piper of the performing arts, an inspirational and innovative teacher who has introduced literally hundreds of thousands of children to the marvels of classical music.” (Classical Music Magazine)

“Mrs. Rachlin has a magical gift for storytelling I found myself as spellbound as any infant!” (Country Life)

Ann, 1970Ann RachlinAged 75 rehearsing for a Choral concert in St Thomas the Martyr Church in Winchelsea