I love the autumn. The gentle warmth of the sun, the changing colours of the trees, the cooler weather and opportunity to snuggle up in over sized hoodies and boots. Autumn also signals to me the run up to all the winter festivities. It gives me a chance to get myself organised after a fun filled but hectic summer, and plan in little treats for the darker nights.
This year I am thrilled to have been invited along to watch The Snowman live.
The Snowman is a firm favourite in our family. When I was younger my sisters and I used to read the book and play the main theme tune from the film, ‘Walking in the Air’, with me tooting the bass line out on my trusty clarinet. It was my very first cassette tape when I was a child too. One side was filled with the delightful story by Raymond Briggs, the other side playing the immersing score composed by Howard Blake with the mesmerising voice of Peter Auty. Dianne Jackson’s animation is truly magical too and as soon as our boys were old enough to sit through the film they watched it. Sometimes they even ask to watch it in the height of summer, such is its appeal. One of their favourite things to do is to act it out, asking again and again to be flown around the living room. That’s just about possible with The Loud One but I think we might struggle to do that with Chief and Munch this year!
To say that I am excited to take my boys to experience the film and the music together, in a beautiful surrounding, is an understatement.
The live performance promises to be truly engaging for all the family. The animation will be shown on a big screen accompanied by a 26 piece orchestra, conducted by Steve Magee (BBC Symphony Orchestra). We’re all fans of live music, and I know how exciting it can be for children to see and hear instruments played, so I can’t wait for my boys to experience this.
Depending on the venue, during the first part of the show you will be treated to either a brand new film of the brilliant ‘The Bear and the Piano’ (one of our favourites!), ‘The Nutcracker’ animated by Tom Scott or ‘Cinderella’ which is narrated by Howard Chadwick. Our venue is showing the former which we are really pleased about as we love the book!
Having watched the promotional video (below) I have goosebumps and cannot wait to see this!
It is touring around the country throughout December visiting an array of venues. This year they include the magnificent cathedrals of Coventry, York Minster, Liverpool, Chester, Durham, Worcester and Lichfield, along with places like the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom and gorgeous Chesterfield Winding Wheel. The full list of locations to choose from to experience this performance is available at the Carrot Productions website, here. For an example programme to see what delights await, click here.
All ticket information, including availability at your preferred location, is here. Tickets are selling very fast, with some performances already sold out, so if this is on your seasonal treat list then book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note, I have received tickets in exchange for this post and an honest review of the performance. All opinions are, as always, my own. For more information please see my disclosure page.