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As you read this month’s edition, do so with your diary and pen in hand as it is jam packed with the best upcoming events and activities for the whole family, from local theatre and music to great summer clubs for kids.

We have everything inside to enable you to survive the school holidays. We have an exclusive interview with the delightful and talented Tania Davis of string quartet Bond. She is one is one of the most accomplished violinists in the world, a mother of three and lives in Putney. I also attempted a game of Real Tennis at the Royal Tennis Court at Hampton Court Palace. It is a bizarre mix of tennis, squash and chess, and has an intriguing history, which I learnt about while hitting balls off the roof and walls on the very court Henry VIII regularly played on.

There is no doubt many of us are going to be plunged into a Frozen summer. Everywhere I turn, I hear the Frozen anthem, Let it Go. The Disney movie is the highest grossing animated film in history and it has entranced a generation of girls. Living with my five-year-old daughter is like being in the Frozen musical, permanently. Scores of girls are singing the sound track as you enter the school gate. Our neighbour’s ballet performance is to Let it Go and the entire class sings through rehearsals. It could be the first ballet concert with singing ballerinas! My daughter has a close friend whose name is Elsa (the eldest sister in the movie) and she has become a rock star.

Frozen-mania has taken hold of every girl aged three to thirteen – and mothers too. The Olympic Cinema in Barnes screened two Frozen sing-a-longs after the DVD release and both completely sold out (we were there, singing along). The Oscar-winning film is wonderful, not only for the music and incredible animation but for the messages. Disney has finally stepped away from the ‘some day my prince will come’ theme. It is a modern princess tale based on the complicated relationship of two sisters. There are important messages for young girls: true love is not just romantic love, we are stronger together and siblings share a special bond. Also, it is about sisters saving each other, rather than waiting to be rescued by the Prince.

Kate Miranda is editor of the Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Putney editions of Time & Leisure Magazine.