Earlier in the year we were kindly invited to see The Snowman Tour. As the day approached we were excited to see what the show has to offer. The day before our visit we’d had quite a sprinkling of snow and had made our own snowman in the garden, it definitely helped us get in the mood for the show.
The show was performed in Coventry Cathedral, which was a stunning setting and we really enjoyed looking at the stained glass windows before the show. We attended the 2.30pm showing, but there were also performances at 5pm and 7.30pm. We commented how an evening performance in the dark would be a n even more magical experience, but maybe less suitable for little ones.
The show began with Daniel Whibley (Artistic Director and Double Bassist) leading the audience through an introduction to each of the members of the orchestra. This was a lovely idea for children to learn about the unique sounds that each of the instruments made.
The orchestra then played a really festive selection of Christmas tunes, both traditional and more modern tunes. They played beautifully and was a joy to listen to. I just felt it was a shame that there wasn’t any encouragement for the audience to sing along to Jingle Bells to bring everyone together.
Coventry Cathedral is a very large open space, which obviously brings challenges for the acoustics. We were seated about half way back and at times struggled to clearly hear what was being said through the microphones and felt the music wasn’t quite loud enough.
The first story to be shown was The Bear and The Piano, none of us had heard the story before so were interested to hear what would happen. The story was shown on a large projector screen whilst the orchestra played along. The music accompanied the story seamlessly, which was narrated by the soothing voice of Joanna Lumley. For those that don’t know the story I won’t give the plot away but it focuses on friendship and supporting those we love to achieve their dreams.
We were then joined by a special guest, The Snowman, who danced down the aisle of the Cathedral, much to the children’s delight. I think they would have loved him to stay a little longer.
Then it was time for the story of The Snowman to be shown, which I’m sure you’ll agree is a firm family favourite at Christmas time. Again the orchestra played along to the showing and it worked really well and definitely added to the magical experience. For the iconic “Walking In The Air” scene, we were joined by a young local boy who performed a solo. All of the performances feature children from the local community, which I thought was a really lovely touch. He performed well, unfortunately, it appeared that his voice was breaking at points during the song.
The show was an hour in total which was just about right as quite a few little ones around us were starting to get fidgety, including Mini. Some of the performances at other venues had an interval which would have been a could idea to let little ones stretch their legs and maybe meet The Snowman for a cuddle and a picture.
The show is suitable for children of all ages and there was a wide range of ages enjoying the show which was lovely to see.
The Snowman Tour is being shown at many venues around the UK including, York, Chester, Liverpool, Lichfield, Worcester, Durham and Gloucester. There are still tickets available for remaining shows which can be found here.
Disclaimer: I was invited to the performance of The Snowman for the purposes of a review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.