The Knight Who Took All Day

by Hertford Symphony Orchestra in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England

To help Hertford Symphony Orchestra fund a new children's commission by composer Bernard Hughes in the tradition of Peter and the Wolf

by Hertford Symphony Orchestra in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England

We did it
On 5th January 2017 we successfully raised £2,575 with 35 supporters in 28 days

New stretch target

We are SO delighted to have reached 100% of our target ...   But would welcome any further donations and pledges ....

£2500 doesn't quite cover the total expenses for this new compostion ... with £3500  we can avoid reaching into our reserves and fully cover expenses and costs not only for the new commission but for the camera and projection hire which are needed to enable  our whole audience to see James Mayhew's live illustrations taking shape before their very eyes!   We would love to make our programmes free for those who attend the concert ... reaching this stretch target will help us to do this too!


Hertford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has a tradition of commissioning new music and this year we are particularly thrilled to be inviting Bernard Hughes to compose a piece for James Mayhew's delightful children's story, The Knight Who Took All Day. HSO and their conductor, Tom Hammond, have had the great pleasure of working with Bernard as recently as last year when we delighted our audience with his children's composition "Not Now Bernard". Bernard has a talent for writing for children and is keen to add to the current classical repertoire for children's concerts. James Mayhew is well known for his magical musical presentations of stories and his remarkable ability to create illustrations (projected onto a large screen) as the musical performance unfolds.  HSO is thrilled that James will be joining us with his easel at the World Premier of The Knight Who Took All Day on January 29th 2017 in Hertford Theatre.

HSO is grateful to be receiving a generous grant for this concert from The Robert Kiln Charitable Trust - this enables us to offer tickets at affordable prices and to reach many many families in the Hertford area. However the additional costs associated with this pioneering new commission mean that the orchestra either needs to seek part funding or dip in to our dwindling reserves!  We are particularly excited to be inviting crowd funding for this commission because we would love families, businesses and friends in the local area to be part of this exciting project! This annual children's concert is extremely popular and brings our community together! Rewards include signed books, programmes and paintings as well as puppets, concert tickets and opportunities for advertising businesses. But more importantly those who join this crowd funding opportunity will be helping Bernard, James and HSO to follow in the noble tradition of composers such as Prokovief (Peter and the Wolf) Saint Saens (Carnival of the Animals) Britten (Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra) and Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker Suite) and widen the repertoire of classical music for young children!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£4 or more

2 of 6 claimed

£4 Reward

A copy of The Knight Who Took All Day signed by James Mayhew. NB this book is now out of print but fear not because HSO has acquired a number of second hand copies. The books are not in perfect condition,,, in fact some are ex-library copies and others have been pre-owned by others.... Amazon would class them as "good condition". If you want a collector's item look at the other book pledges... if you want a copy to take home and enjoy with your children then you are in the right place!

£4 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£4 Reward

A4 concert signed poster. Perfect souvenir for you if you have already bought your tickets for this concert! Your poster (signed by the composer, author and conductor) can be collected from the HSO Crowd Fund desk in the foyer at Hertford Theatre on the day of the concert (29/1/17)

£10 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£10 Reward

Gorgeous pair of puppets - Princess and Dragon

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£15 Reward

Your children can introduce the concert at 4.15pm plus a signed programme and your children's names included in the programme! If you want to purchase tickets with this pledge then that is an option ... just let us know ASAP before they sell out!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Your name listed as a donor on our programme's crowd fund "thank you" page and a huge thank you from HSO for supporting this important new composition!

£20 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£20 Reward

A signed paperback book and princess/dragon finger puppets . NB The Knight Who Took All Day picture book is now out of print and difficult to obtain - your copy will be a good condition second hand paper back copy. Books, puppets and tickets to be collected from HSO crowd fund desk in Hertford Theatre Foyer on the day of this World Premiere performance (29th January 2017)

£25 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

Tea/coffee and cake for four to enjoy between concerts with conductor Tom Hammond and composer, Bernard Hughes. Please let us know ASAP if you would like us to reserve tickets with this reward (an additional cost of £5 per child and £9 per adult will be payable) Hot drinks kindly supplied by Hertford Theatre café and cakes kindly supplied by The Pretty Gorgeous Cake Company. Contact us at hertfordsymphonyorchestra@gmail.com if you need to order tickets with this reward!

£25 or more

3 of 8 claimed

£25 Reward

A full page black and white advert for your business in our A5 concert programme together with one post on Hertford Symphony Orchestra's popular facebook page (cc to our twitter feed) publicly thanking you for your support with this pioneering project. NB copy must be sent to hertfordsyphonyorchestra@gmail.com by 5pm on Friday January 6th.

£25 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£25 Reward

Princess / dragon finger puppets, signed programme and 2 tickets (2.30pm). Tickets and puppets to be collected from HSO Crowd Fund desk in Hertford Theatre foyer on Jan 29th 2017

£25 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£25 Reward

Princess / dragon finger puppets, signed programme and 2 tickets (4.15pm) Tickets and puppets to be collected from HSO Crowd Fund desk in Hertford Theatre foyer on Jan 29th 2017

£28 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£28 Reward

Your children can introduce the concert at 2.30pm plus 2 tickets, a signed programme and your children's names included in the programme!

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A hardback copy of The Knight Who Took All Day first edition (USA) signed by author, composer and conductor. NB the book is now out of print and HSO has been lucky enough to acquire this book that is in excellent condition complete with dust jacket. Collect your book from the crowd funding desk in the theatre on the day of the concert!

£35 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£35 Reward

2 tickets (2.30pm) signed hardback book. NB The Knight Who Took All Day picture book is now out of print and difficult to obtain - your signed copy is a very good condition second hand hardback copy. Books, and tickets to be collected from HSO crowd fund desk in Hertford Theatre Foyer on the day of this World Premiere performance (29th January 2017)

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£40 Reward

Full page colour advert for your business on the inside back cover of our A5 concert programme together with one post on Hertford Symphony Orchestra's popular facebook page (cc to our twitter feed) publicly thanking you for your support with this pioneering project. NB copy must be sent to hertfordsyphonyorchestra@gmail.com by 5pm on Friday January 6th.

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£45 Reward

Full page colour advert for your business on the inside front cover of our A5 concert programme together with one post on Hertford Symphony Orchestra's popular facebook page (cc to our twitter feed) publicly thanking you for your support with this pioneering project. NB copy must be sent to hertfordsyphonyorchestra@gmail.com by 5pm on Friday January 6th.-

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

A back cover full page colour advert for your business in our A5 concert programme together with one post on Hertford Symphony Orchestra's popular facebook page (cc to our twitter feed) publicly thanking you for your support with this pioneering project. NB copy must be sent to hertfordsyphonyorchestra@gmail.com by 5pm on Friday January 6th.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£50 Reward

2 tickets (2.30pm) and a James Mayhew original signed painting - this will be one of those produced as James rehearses with the orchestra earlier in the day in preparation for the world premiere of The Knight Who Took All Day. Tickets and painting to be collected from the HSO Crowd Fund desk in Hertford Theatre foyer on 29th January 2017.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£50 Reward

2 tickets (4.15pm) and a James Mayhew original signed painting - this will be one of those produced as James rehearses with the orchestra earlier in the day in preparation for the world premiere of The Knight Who Took All Day. Tickets and painting to be collected from the HSO Crowd Fund desk in Hertford Theatre foyer on 29th January 2017.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£75 Reward

A 30 minute conducting lesson with Tom Hammond. The opportunity to watch Tom at work during an HSO rehearsal AND 5 minutes on the podium conducting HSO at a rehearsal (date to be arranged by mutual agreement to suite donor, conductor and orchestra schedule!) Give us your contact details so we can get in touch!

£75 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£75 Reward

Two tickets (2.30pm) and a signed copy of the music score. Tickets and score to be collected from HSO Crowd Fund desk in Hertford Theatre foyer on the day of the concert 29th January 2017.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£75 Reward

Two tickets (4.15pm) and a signed copy of Bernard Hughes score. Tickets and score to be collected from HSO Crowd Fund desk in Hertford Theatre foyer on the day of the concert 29th January 2017

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Your name listed as a "major donor" in our programme's crowd fund thank you page and a huge thank you from HSO for supporting this important new composition!

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

4 tickets (4.15pm) & bespoke composition by Bernard Hughes. Bernard will compose a piece based on The Knight Who Took All Day for piano and one other instrument (up to 2 minutes long) dedicated to you or someone you nominate. Please send us your details so that we can send Bernard the information he needs to compose this bespoke piece.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Delux collection! 4 tickets (4.15pm) signed score, signed hardback, signed A4 poster, and signed programme. NB The Knight Who Took All Day picture book is now out of print and difficult to obtain - HSO has been lucky enough to acquire this excellent condition hardback first edition (USA) complete with dust jacket. Books, programme, poster, score and tickets to be collected from HSO crowd fund desk in Hertford Theatre Foyer on the day of this World Premiere performance (29th January 2017).

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