On Sunday we were treated to the most magical Christmas experience. We took the Famalam to see The Snowman Tour, which was in all the glorious, gorgeousness of York Minster and it was amazingly beautiful!
The Minster was completely full with excited Smalls and shushing parents all eagerly anticipating the start of the performance. Apart from getting to experience the Minster in all it’s splendour, the best thing about the experience was the live Orchestra!
The 26 piece orchestra was expertly conducted by the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Steve Magee who expertly manages to sync The Snowman score to the film as a live soundtrack!
There are not many places you get to hear an Orchestra of such calibre live these days, especially not with Small children in tow, and the acoustics in The Minster are second to none! We had amazing seats so we could see all the dexterity and attentiveness of the musicians first hand, what a marvel to behold!
The film is shown on three large screens in The Minster meaning you can see from all angles of the cathedral. The film is such a classic piece of Christmas loveliness that we all couldn’t help but be swept along with it’s familiar, divine music and magic. The best part of all was when the young soloist from The Minster choir sang live to ‘we’re walking in the air’ it was breath-taking, what a proud family he must have!
The Smalls all loved the performance and the Big Girls were really impressed with getting to see an orchestra so close up. The Small Boy fell in love with the story and was mesmerised throughout the whole thing.
Before the main event there was a short piece of film around The Nutcracker Suite and a Festive Guide to the Orchestra too which helped set the scene and built up nicely to the screening.
It was a truly lovely, festive way to spend the Saturday before Christmas and I would recommend it to families of all ages, a magical experience that I’m certain mine will remember for a long time to come!
There are still a handful of tickets left for the performance in Hull on 30th December, where tickets start from £16, but we’re hoping it will be touring again in 2018!
Disclaimer: We were invited to review the performance with complimentary tickets, and the views are my own.