Ann Rachlin is a pioneer of music appreciation for children in the UK, and the first performer to introduce "fun" to classical music. A gifted storyteller, Ann began teaching music appreciation in London before creating Fun with Music®.
Ann met and married American conductor/pianist Ezra Rachlin and moved to the United States, where Ezra conducted orchestras in Austin, Fort Worth, and Houston. Under his expert guidance, Ann expanded her repertoire and gave her first concert with a full symphony orchestra.
Upon returning to London, Ann renewed her musical storytelling sessions and as her reputation grew, there was soon a three-year waiting list. The waiting list has continued to grow and some parents register their children even before they’re born!
In 1985 Ann became a recording artist for EMI. Today she produces CDs on her own Fun with Music® label – these are available around the world at leading record stores, by mail order and online at www.funwithmusic.com (see Ann’s catalogue).
In the summer of 1987 Britain’s Prince William joined Ann’s classes and was followed a year later by his brother, Prince Harry. They remained with Ann for four years until they went to boarding school (see some of Ann’s famous pupils).
Over the years, Ann has given hundreds of public performances around the world, including a year of family “Funtasia” concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by her husband, Ezra.
When Ezra died in 1995, Ann determined to continue her work. Together with colleague
Iain Kerr, a universally experienced musician who has worked with her for many years, Ann enhanced Fun With Music® with several new projects including the Russian Ballet CD series and BELLS ON HER TOES, an audio-visual autobiography lecture suitable for adult clubs and groups
Ann was the subject of "This is Your Life" in 1996 when music greats Lord Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Georg Solti joined many celebrities,friends, and former pupils to pay tribute to her life's work with children and music.
Ann is also a successful writer and her ten "Famous Children" books are best sellers worldwide. They have been translated into 17 languages, including Indonesian, Finnish, Czech and two Chinese versions!
As Founder of The Beethoven Fund for Deaf Children, Ann Rachlin was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and was awarded the M.B.E for her services to music and deaf children.
"Live" Fun with Music® Concert Series with Orchestra
UK Festival Appearances
"Live" Fun with Music® Concert Series