Classic Children's Tales get the Magic of Music

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Paddington and The Snowman

This Christmas, try something a little new with a magical performance of two much-loved children’s classics at the Colston Hall. He might be all over the television (in a highly contentious advertising campaign – exactly, what did he say at the end?!), and out and about in a new blockbuster movie, but there’s another way to enjoy Paddington Bear. Set to music, along with festive favourite The Snowman, they offer a great way to engage kids in the theatre and live music. 

CBeebies favourite Pui Fan narrates the story of Paddington Bear’s first concert. In the story, Paddington, along with his adopted British family, The Browns, and Mr Gruber, visit the Royal Albert Hall. Helping to bring the story is to life is the music. Far more than a soundtrack, the orchestral score is interwoven with the story and features famous music by Schubert, Rossini, Haydn and Piazolla, all performed by the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. 

After the interval, classic animated film The Snowman will be screened. But in a spine-tingling twist, the soundtrack will be replaced by a live orchestral accompaniment and a soaring performance of Walking In The Air. 

The tale of mishaps and mischiefs of Paddington Bear are well known. First introduced in October 1958 by author Michael Bond, the tale of the marmalade-loving mischief maker from deepest, darkest Peru is famous the world over. Inspired partly by the photos of evacuees at London termini during World War Two, the story of the lost bear has been translated into 30 languages and sold upwards of 30 million copies. Bond spent most of his career producing entertainment for children, serving as a cameraman for Blue Peter while writing the novels. 

When: Colston Hall

Where: Sunday 17th December 

Tickets: From £14.50

Website: colstonhall.org.uk 

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