THE SNOWMAN - FILM OF THE LIVE STAGE SHOW op.628 (November 2010)

DVD VIDEO FILM with additional narration spoken by Joanna Lumley. Made for Sony Music Entertainment UK. Executive producers Stuart Rogers and Howard Blake
Commissioned by: Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd
Instrumentation: Piano, flute, percussion, synthesized keyboards 1 and 2

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Note on Lyrics: Narration by Howard Blake by permission of Raymond Briggs; Lyrics of 'Walking in the air' by Howard Blake
Duration: 84 mins
First Performance: Filmed in Birmingham Repertory Theatre Sunday January 24th 2010 with live audience.

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Sheet music from Chester Music www.chesternovello.com

All sheet music for "The Snowman" and "Walking In The Air" since 2010 is published and available from Chester Music Ltd, part of The Music Sales Group, www.chesternovello.com It can be purchased online from MusicRoom.com, or from music retailers.

"Walking In The Air" is also available in a concert piano-only version arranged by the composer direct from Highbridge Music as part of the collection of piano pieces called "Lifecycle", available form Amazon or from Highbridge Music; enquiries to anna@annamenzies.com

Recordings Available
The Snowman - London Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded: May 2006
Artists: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chris Jarvis (narrator), David Parry (conductor)

The Snowman The Stage Show
Released: 1998
Recorded: July 1998
Artists: Director Thomas Grimm, Producer Neil Mundy for Reiner Moritz Associates.
Available from: Highbridge Music

DVD VIDEO narrated by Joanna Lumley VFD48159 2010 Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd CDR 81267. from Amazon and all retailers

Howard Blake describes 25 years of The Snowman animated film and 10 years of The Snowman Stage Show at Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre in London's West End and plays "Walking in the Air". View the recording here.

The classic original Columbia album conducted by Howard Blake with treble soloist Peter Auty and narration by Bernard Cribbins is available from Sony Music Entertainment CDX71116CD, Amazon and retailers.

The 2010 DVD film of The Snowman Live Stage Show narrated by Joanna Lumley is available from Sony Music Entertainment, CDR 81267; also from Amazon and retailers.

Notes

Film produced by Emer Patten, directed by Nick Wickham for Splinter Films. Executive producers Stuart Rogers and Howard Blake; musical director Jeremy Young; stage director Bill Alexander; choreographer Robert North; designer Ruari Murchison; lighting Tim Mitchell; sound programmer Stuart Andrews; with the cast of the Peacock Theatre/Sadlers Wells/Birmingham Rep production London 2010. Producer for Sony Music Entertainment UK: Mike O’Keefe, for Sony Classical: Pollyanna Gunning, Phil Saville; for Birmingham Repertory Theatre:  Wiff Maton,Tomas Wright, Milorad Žakula, John Pitt.

Lyrics

Lyrics of 'Walking in the Air' by Howard Blake

We're walking in the air,
We're floating in the moonlit sky,
The people far below are sleeping as we fly.

I'm holding very tight,
I'm riding in the midnight blue,
I'm finding I can fly so high above with you.

On across the world
The villages go by like dreams,
The rivers and the hills,
The forests and the streams.

Children gaze open mouthed,
Taken by surprise,
Nobody down below believes their eyes.

We're surfing in the air,
We're swimming in the frozen sky,
We're drifting over icy
Mountains floating by.

Suddenly swooping low on an ocean deep,
Rousing up a mighty monster from his sleep,

We're walking in the air,
We're floating in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

Related Works


'THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra' op.323 (October 1983) (Audio Sample Available)
A concert work based on the score for the animated film with narration written by Howard Blake (based on the picture-book by Raymond Briggs and with his permission)
'THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film)' op.310 (September 1982)
Channel 4 animated film directed by Diane Jackson, wordless except for the featured song, 'Walking in the Air', music and lyrics by Howard Blake who also composed, orchestrated and conducted the score. Oscar nomination, best short film; BAFTA best children's programme; Bafta TV nomination - best graphics; Grand Prix Tampere International Short Film Festival etc
'THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW (BALLET IN TWO ACTS, 5-INSTRUMENT VERSION)' op.522 (December 2000)
The definitive stage version of The Snowman as produced at The Peacock Theatre, London 2000-2008 by Sadler's Wells/Birmingham Rep, based on the book by Raymond Briggs and the Channel 4 animated film (arranged for 5 instruments)

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