Hull Philharmonic goes WILD in magical, mysterious musical extravaganza

Wands are at the ready as the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra prepares for a dazzling performance of film and festive favourites.

The Music Magic and Mystery concert, on the afternoon of Sunday 26 November at Hull City Hall, is attracting an audience of families and young people from across the city and beyond to experience the joy of familiar classical music in a fun, informal and ‘wild’ setting.

John Williams’ sparkling Symphonic Suite from Harry Potter tops the bill along with enduring classics, including Howard Blake’s The Snowman Suite, Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

Ticket holders can immerse themselves in the magical world of Hogwarts with owls on display from the York Bird of Prey Centre in Hull City Hall’s Victoria Bar.

Danny Elfman’s freakishly fun This is Halloween arrangement for orchestra, Mussorgsky’s perilous A Night on the Bare Mountain, Saint Saëns’ entrancing Danse Macabre are other pieces in the thrilling and memorable programme.

Flamboyant fancy dress is being encouraged as people are invited to come along as their favourite character, while looks will be uplifted with face painting from local experts Fantastic Faces. 

It is the first official concert in the tenure of the new Hull Philharmonic’s musical director and conductor Simon Chalk, who was selected to head up the leading regional orchestra following stiff competition for the high-profile role. 

Long-term supporter of the orchestra, Williamsons Solicitors, has provided sponsorship to help with discounted under 16s tickets for the event. The regional law firm also provides a home for the orchestra’s substantial music library.

The concert starts at 4pm, with face painting available from 3pm.

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