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Recording for TVC/Channel 4 at Sony Studios, Whitfield Street, London,30/31 March 1998, Tilly sung by Charlotte Church (soprano), Polar Bear sung by Martyn Hill (tenor), Star Bear sung by Peter Knapp (bass), The Sinfonia of London conducted by Howard Blake, engineer Mike Ross-Trevor.
Complete Piano/Vocal score or separate voice parts available
TVC/Channel 4 animated film released on DVD 1999
Audio CD available for performance reference with tenor Martyn Hill, bass Petr Knapp, girl soprano Charlotte Church
Documentary film of the making of the animated film titled 'The Bear's Tale' available from Channel 4 TV.
THE ANIMATED FILM
The animated film of 'The Bear' was made in 1997/8 by the same team that made ‘The Snowman’ , based again on a story by Raymond Briggs and first shown on Channel 4 TV on Christmas Eve 1998. It is a companion-piece to ‘The Snowman’ except that the hero is a small girl – sung on the film by Charlotte Church. The adaptation and storyboard development of the film were made by director Hilary Audus and art-director Joanne Harrison, the producer was John Coates.
THE STORY AS TOLD IN THE FILM
'A young girl, Tilly, visits the zoo with her mum and dad, but accidentally drops her best-loved toy into the polar bear's pit. That night, Tilly cries herself to sleep, only to wake and find a huge polar bear standing over her- he's come to return her precious teddy.
So begins a magical friendship with some bear-size complications, the biggest problem being how to keep such an enormous pet hidden from her parents. Everything changes when The Bear hears a call of the wild from the spirit of The Star-Bear who descends from the constellation in the sky to embark on an extraordinary night adventure across the City of London.
The Bear is represented by a tenor and the Star-Bear by a bass-baritone but all three singers join in the song ‘Somewhere a star shines for everyone’, sung as they skate down the frozen Thames.
|22nd December 2017||Jason Thornton conducted brilliant performances with The Bath Philharmonia: 'The Snowman' and 'The Bear' both with film, singers and orchestra. A presenter introduced players and instruments to fill up an entire programme of Howard's music., The Forum Bath|
|22nd April 2017
- 23rd April 2017
|The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Five children's concerts in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|14th November 2014||Royal Northern College of Music,|
|9th October 2014||City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, cond. Colin Touchin, host Tania Martin, Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium
28 December 2014 Hong Kong(China)The Snowman, The Bear, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong conducted by Colin Touchin - Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Colin Touchin, guest conductor Tania Martin,Music by Howard Blake Original stories by Raymond Briggs Spice up your winter holidays with Howard Blake's The Snowman & The Bear! These two animated films, both heartwarming and magical, are based on picture-books by Raymond Briggs. Experience them on the big screen to the sounds of live orchestral accompaniment and singing. The perfect holiday treat for all the family.
|12th December 2010||Toronto Symphony Orchestra cond. by Alain Trudel; Aaron Ferguson tenor, Stephen Hegedus, bass baritone, Viva Youth singers of Toronto, The Bear Dancers, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto|
|5th December 2010||Victoria Symphony Orchestra, conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia, The Royal Theatre, Victoria|
|1st December 2009
- 2nd December 2009
|Cologne Radio Orchestra, conducted by Tobias van de Locht,|
|21st December 2008
- 22nd December 2008
|Bath Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. by Jason Thornton, Colston Hall, Bristol; Town hall, Cheltenham|
|5th December 2008
- 6th December 2008
|Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.,
Concert including 'The Snowman' concert work. 3 perfs 5th Dec 7.30, 6th Dec 3.00 & 7.30
|1st June 2008||The Macao Orchestra conducted by Francis Kan, Macao Cultural Centre. Grand Auditorium
Children's Day Concert-My world of fairytales
|2nd December 2007||Bath Philharmonia: Howard Blake double bill The Snowman and The Bear. 2.30pm, 7.30pm,
|25th November 2007||Bath Philharmonia conducted by Jason Thornton (2 performances, matinee and evening), Theatre Royal Bath
Concert of 'The Snowman'and 'The Bear' with pre-concert talk by Howard Blake with Jason Thornton
|17th December 2006||RTE Concert Orchestra, The Helix, Dublin tbc|
|10th December 2006||Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Honner, Hong Kong City Concert Hall
With The Snowman and both with projected film
|19th June 2005||City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Anthony Inglis, Kowloon City Hall|
|13th December 2004
- 18th December 2004
|Royal Scottish National Orchestra,David Rintoul, Christopher Bell, Usher Hall Edinburgh, Caird Hall Dundee, The Music Hall Aberdeen, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow
Performed with both narration and projected DVD of the animated film
|29th December 2003||Michael Fenton Stevens, London Concert Orchestra, Howard Blake (cond.), The Barbican Concert Hall, City of London|
|28th December 2003||Michael Fenton Stevens (narrator), London Concert Orchestra conducted by Howard Blake, Birmingham Symphony Hall|