The Snowman and Paddington come together for a family concert


Delight your family this Christmas with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children: The Snowman and Paddington Bear’s First Concert, accompanied by a live orchestra at Leeds Town Hall on Sunday 20 December.

Accompanied by the Orchestra of Opera North, the enchanted animated film The Snowman will be shown on a giant screen with the orchestra injecting tingle-down-the-spine magic into Walking in the Air – the soundtrack to every child’s Christmas. Before that we follow everyone’s favourite bear on his adventures as he arrives in England from darkest Peru. In London he meets The Browns, Mr Gruber and goes to his very first concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where he hears music by Schubert, Haydn and Rossini. Told by a narrator, Paddington Bear’s First Concert is an ideal opportunity to introduce live orchestra music to younger family members and friends. The perfect way to begin this exciting festive time!

Conducting Leeds’ very own Orchestra of Opera North will be maestro Hugh Brunt. He conducted Jonny Greenwood’s score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film The Master and the first live screening of the Academy Award-winning There Will Be Blood. Hugh studied at New College, Oxford, where he held a choral scholarship, and at the Lucerne Festival Academy under Heinz Holliger. His performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music, WQXR New York, and Sky Arts HD.

Tickets for this concert are priced at £16 – £25 with £5 off for under 18s and £1.50 off for over 60s and are available from the Box Office on 0113 376 0318

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