If we had to choose one Christmas film to summarise the festive feeling, we’d have to pick The Snowman. Based on Raymond Briggs’s 1978 picture book of the same name – and featuring the iconic song ‘Walking in the Air’ – it tells the story of a young boy who builds a large snowman that comes to life. The Snowman captures the magic of Christmas in ways very few have been able to replicate.
But you’ll be able to watch it this festive season in a way you’ve, likely, never before. This Friday (December 8), the BAFTA-winning hit will be accompanied by a live orchestra at Bristol Beacon. As well as some young local soloists (Carys Weidner and Scarlett Ryerson will be singing Walking in the Air), there’ll even be a visit from the Snowman himself.
But that’s not all, because Carrot Productions is also screening the Academy Award-winning Aardman film Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers, also accompanied by some of the country’s top musicians. There will be two shows throughout the day at the recently reopened venue (1.30pm and 6.30pm) as part of this brand-new national tour.
Molly Van Den Brink, Aardman Attraction & Live Experiences Manager comments: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Carrot Productions again to bring Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers. Hearing the film’s incredible score played live by Carrot’s talented orchestra is bound to get fans in the festive spirit and we are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate those Techno Trousers in such an enchanting way.”
After each performance, the audiences, young and adult alike, will be invited to meet the world-acclaimed musicians in their outstanding costumes and learn about their musical instruments. Carrot Productions has staged over 350 Snowman shows to date, drawing musicians from institutions like the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Rachel Whibley, managing director at Carrot Productions, says: “I am delighted we are visiting so many wonderful venues again with The Snowman this Christmas, and especially thrilled to continue our partnership with Aardman, staging performances of their iconic film, Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers, with the score performed live by our musicians. The combination of two of Britain’s most beloved characters and brands together in one performance should be very special indeed.”
Tickets for The Snowman tour with live orchestra at Bristol Beacon are available here.