The next generation of musicians bring Christmas to Hull City Hall

Published: Monday 11th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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An enchanting Christmas Festival takes over Hull City Hall this week.

The two concerts on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 13 December showcase Hull’s young musicians and are the ideal way to celebrate the festive period. We spoke with Chris Maynard, Head of Hull Music Service, to discover more about the festival.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the two concerts that make up A Christmas Festival?

The two concerts feature all of the fifteen ensembles that rehearse at the Albemarle Music Centre each week.

The session on Tuesday showcases the brilliant work of Elementary String Orchestra, Training Percussion Ensemble, Junior Choir, Junior Youth Orchestra, Training Wind Band, City of Hull Youth Symphonic Wind Band, Junior Brass Band and City of Hull Youth Percussion Ensemble.

The following evening, we can see Training Brass Group, Junior Wind Band, Training String Orchestra, Junior Percussion Ensemble, City of Hull Youth Symphony Orchestra, City of Hull Youth Choir and City of Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra.

What can audiences expect to see and hear?

There’s a wide range of seasonal and festive music on offer. The concerts cover a variety of genres, from jazz to film soundtracks. On Wednesday, we are performing a medley from The Empire Strikes Back, as well as Sleigh Ride, Dance of the Tumblers. You can also expect to hear some Christmas songs, including Frosty the Snowman, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Why do you think people love Christmas music?

I think it evokes happy childhood memories of family gatherings. Christmas music gives a warm, feel-good factor.

What is your favourite part of the festive season?

I love seeing all of our friends and families together.

And any pet peeves that pop up this time of year?

The last-minute rush of present buying and food preparation!

Why should people come along to see the shows, especially if they are new to this sort of thing?

I would say that each concert contains music with something for everyone’s musical palette. They are all short pieces, so if you don’t like one song, you’ll probably enjoy the next. Plus, it is young people performing, so they are full of enthusiasm. These groups really do deserve to have a full hall to perform to – it will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit.

You can catch A Christmas Festival at Hull City Hall on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 December. Tickets start from just £5. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Hull Theatres website. Meanwhile, further details about the Albemarle Music Centre and ways to get involved can be found here.

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Published: Monday 11th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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