The Knight Who Took All Day

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

We did it!

On 5th Jan 2017 we successfully raised £2,575 of £2,500 target 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!

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