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Kidsophonic 2009

 

Technicolour magic at the Albert Hall Nottingham

with Nottingham Symphonic Winds

 

On the morning of the 21st December 2008 the families of Nottingham were treated to a Christmas spectacular in the Albert Hall. Nottingham Symphonic Winds with Alistair Parnell, guest conductor and compare, presented their annual Christmas Kidsophonic concert that again had an audience of more than 650 children and adults.

 

The band for the morning was made up of players taken from both the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Ensemble. Some fine playing from the 80-strong group of musicians set the standard for an entertaining programme of music. After some warm ups (audience and band!) members of the audience were invited to participate by performing favourite numbers from the shows - there was a brave Maria singing 'The Hills are Alive', a Joseph singing 'Any Dream Will Do', some fabulous Mamma Mias; and groups of children singing numbers from High School Musical, the Sound of Music, and Oliver!  These fantastic performers were then incorporated into a seamless 'production', complete with staging and props.

 

Alistair Parnell's engaging presence ensured all members of the family were able to enjoy the concert, helped along by inviting younger children to sit in the main auditorium close to the band, so they were fully involved throughout.  The brave solo performers were given lots of encouragement and surprised themselves with their performances.

 

After such a magical morning of musical entertainment, next year's concert will no doubt be already included in the Christmas calendar for many Nottingham families. 

 

(Booking for next year - tickets will be available from September 2009 by contacting Windblowers Music Shop, Nottingham 0115 9410543, www.windblowers.com.  You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.)