Mum’s the word at family concert

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THE Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, will be packed with musical wizards, princesses, heroes and villains when the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performs at a Mother’s Day Family Concert on Sunday from 3pm.

Presented by Cbeebies’ Chris Jarvis and featuring an hour of orchestral classics from Cinderella to Star Wars, the concert offers a spectacular Mother’s Day event with more than a touch of magic.

As part of the performance, magician Mr Zooka will be creating some amazing gravity-defying tricks in front of the orchestra as it plays Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, made famous in Walt Disney’s film Fantasia. This musical story is also the inspiration for a new piece – The Apprentice’s Sauce – which will be performed by the newly-formed Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City Family Orchestra.

The family orchestra is the brainchild of the BBC Philharmonic’s Projects Manager, Martin Maris, who has been responsible for several spectacular music events with the orchestra, including the BBC Blue Peter Proms.

Beyond the performance itself there is a host of family-friendly activities to enjoy before and after the show, including magic tricks, craft-making and storytelling. Doors open for the family activities from 2pm, with the concert, which lasts an hour, beginning at 3pm. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for under 16s and are available from the box office on 0115 989 5555.