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!