The Snowman Tour 2017
A Touch Of Magic This Christmas
When someone mentions the word ‘snowman’ and ‘christmas’ one immediately turns their thoughts to the famous picture story book and animated film ‘The SnowMan’ by Raymond Briggs. Did you know ‘The Snowman’ was first published back in 1978? That’s actually older than me. Every Christmas (well the ones i’m old enough to remember) it aired on TV over the Christmas period.
Just as famous is the music that accompanied the animated film. Beautifully orchestrated are the melodies that are remembered year after year. It only takes a bar or two of the music and you immediately know what you are listening to.
Growing up the only opportunity I had to see anything theatrical was my dad after he’d had a few beers, my sister trying to play the recorder and the Christmas pantomime that my mum’s work organised a bus to. We didn’t really have the money or a car to get to anything else.
Luckily the theatre is so much more accessible these days. For one we have a car so we can get there and companies like Carrot Productions realise that children can enjoy forms of music other than what they see on TV.
I’ve always wanted to be able to take my daughter to productions and expose her to a variety of entertainment. So I was over the moon when we were invited by Carrot Productions to experience the magic of The Snowman film. But this isn’t any ordinary showing of The Snowman, the animated film is accompanied by a live orchestra. There is something truly magical about listening to a live orchestra, you can actually feel the music. I love the fact that this production is about entertaining children and families.
The production is touring across the UK from the 1st – 30th December, so check out their website for venues, dates and booking.
The production is featured in The Guardian, Sunday Times and The Telegraph ‘Top things to do at Christmas’.
A Few Facts
How long is the performance?
The performance is in two halves. The first half lasts around 40 minutes and the second half lasts for 30 minutes.
Is the concert suitable for small children?
The concert is suitable for ages 3+.
Is The Snowman the only thing in the concert?
No. The Snowman film is shown in the second half of each concert.
This year there are 3 different programmes on offer, depending on the venue. At the majority of the performances the first half will feature a wonderfully Christmassy overture followed by a brand new animated film of the award winning book, The Bear and the Piano, by David Litchfield. With the recorded voice of Joanna Lumley narrating. Along with a surprise conductor in the Snowman Waltz leading into the film itself, it promises to be a feast of sights and sounds to thrill the whole family.
In addition to The Snowman film, for performances in York, Worcester, Lichfield, Liverpool and Durham, there’s a chance to catch Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, surely the most festive of all music, which will be accompanied by the highly-acclaimed animated film by Tom Scott.
Which orchestra is playing?
The musicians have all been handpicked from The Halle, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra amongst others.