Celebrate a seasonal classic with Galway Youth Orchestra

Members of the Galway Youth Orchestra preparing for their concert this Saturday, when they will focus on the music from The Snowman.
Members of the Galway Youth Orchestra preparing for their concert this Saturday, when they will focus on the music from The Snowman.

Galway Youth Orchestra will give its Christmas Concert in the Black Box Theatre this Saturday, December 16, at 8pm when players aged between eight and 18 years will celebrate young people’s music.

The Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Jazz orchestras, under their conductors Peter Berrill Joanne Cater, Michael Dooley and John Fleming, will entertain with a festive programme which will feature music from the animated children’s film The Snowman.

Written by Raymond Briggs, The Snowman was first published in 1978. It was made into a film in 1984 as a Christmas special for Channel 4.

The Snowman’s award-winning score, written by Howard Blake, has become synonymous with the season and is best known for Walking in the Air. The film’s only song, it is universally loved.

Walking in the Air was written for a boy soprano and at this Saturday’s concert, it will be sung by 12-year-old Daniel Ryan from Tipperary. Daniel has already performed the song this year in the University of Limerick Concert Hall.

For the Black Box performance, he will be accompanied by Galway Youth Orchestra, a group that has been providing ensemble opportunities to young musicians from Galway City and County for the past 35 years. The orchestra rehearses on Saturdays in St Mary’s College in Galway City. New players are welcome every year.

Tickets for this Saturday’s concert, at €10/€8, will be available at the Black Box on the night. Doors open at 7.30.