A live orchestra will accompany a special showing of The Snowman at Chester Cathedral this Christmas.

As part of a nationwide tour by Carrot Productions, visitors to the cathedral will once again be able to watch the classic movie on the big screen on December 5, and listen to a chorister perform the memorable solo Walking in the Air at the heart of the film.

Chosen by The Guardian newspaper as No. 2 on its list of ‘Top 10 things to do at Christmas 2014’, the 2014 tour of this show, which included a performance at Chester Cathedral, was so successful that the tour has been expanded this year, from 27 to 33 performances.

The chosen cathedral chorister who will sing at Chester has yet to be confirmed, but there will be three performances on the day - at 12noon, 2.15pm and 7pm.

Also featured in the concert is a Festive Guide to the Orchestra, presenting the instruments in a fun and approachable way, and offering the valuable experience of seeing - and hearing - the instruments individually, as well as a never-before-seen animation to accompany another classic Christmas performance - Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

Rachel Whibley, Managing Director of Carrot Productions and professional bassoonist, said The Snowman Tour was very successful with audiences.

“We bring a high quality professionalism to all our performances, and that is what is appreciated by everyone,” she said.

“All our musicians are first class, hand-picked players who, like me, work at the highest level with orchestras such as The Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and the Liverpool Philharmonic.

“We are also superbly conducted by the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Steve Magee: no mean task, as he has to synchronise the orchestra perfectly with what’s happening on the screen!

“We are proud to be the largest touring production of The Snowman with live orchestra since 2013, accounting for more than a quarter of global performances each year. In 2014 we presented The Snowman to more than 15,000 children and families, and we hope to reach even more this year.”

To book tickets visit the Cathedral website

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