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Piano Concerto/Snowman Symphony - Julian Trevelyan & WSO, Julian Trevelyan and the Worthing Symphony Orchestra, Assembly Hall, Worthing

31st January 2020

"The Snowman played by WSO in the presence of the composer himself – Howard Blake, along with the Piano Concerto he composed for the 30th birthday of Diana, Princess of Wales. The latter is played by exciting young pianist Julian Trevelyan making his Worthing debut. "

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'CONCERTO FOR A PRINCESS' JULIAN TREVELYAN,JOHN GIBBONS, WORTHING S.O. 31, Jan 2020, Julian Trevelyan piano, John Gibbons conductor, Worthing Symphony Orchestra 7.30pm, Assembly Hall, Worthing, Sussex See worthing theatres website: phone 01903 206 206

31st January 2020
Julian will give his second performance of the Howard Blake Piano Concerto in a popular seasonal concert which will also feature the concert version of 'The Snowman', Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Waltz, Delius Sleigh Ride, Sibelius Karelia Suite, Rimsky Kosakov Dance of the tumblers, Leroy Anderson 'Sleigh Ride' and Waldteufel Skaters Waltz.

SINFONIETTA FOR TEN BRASS IN CAMBRIDGE, Thank you! It would be wonderful if you were able to make it. Entry is free, so I won't need to reserve a ticket for you. Chris > On 30 Dec 2019, at 14:00, Howard Blake <> wrote: > > Dear Chris , > I'm delighted to hear about this! Sinfonietta is played quite a bit in Germany and Scandinavia but not so often here. I will try and get up there for it. Good luck! > Howard > > Sent from my iPhone > >> On 30 Dec 2019, at 11:35, Chris Lawrence <> wrote: >> >> ?Dear Mr Blake 'Sinfonietta for brass' in Cambridge on Saturday 29 February at 1.30pm in Wolfson College, Cambridge. The performers will be the Cambridge University Brass Ensemble, conducted by Chris Lawrence >> >> I very much enjoyed performing the work about a decade ago in Cambridge with Prime Brass (as the tuba player), and am now looking forward to conducting it for the first time. >> >> Best wishes, >> >> Chris Lawrence >>

29th February 2020

TWO-PIANO MUSIC IN MOSCOW, Rustem Kudoyalov and Oleg Polianskiy, Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire

2nd February 2020
A concert of two piano music with at least one composition by Howard Blake in the second part of the concert that will consist of mostly British music.

'CHRISTMAS LULLABY' AT ST. PAUL'S COVENT GARDEN WITH TWO SOPRANOS:NADINE BENJAMIN AND DANAE ELENI, Nadine Benjamin soprano and Danae Elena Mezzo-soprano, St. Pauls Covent Garden 1.00-2.00pm

20th December 2019
A performance of the duet originally composed for the first Christmas of Classic FM

KATHERINE JENKINS WITH HOWARD BLAKE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, Katherine Jenkins soprano, Howard Blake conductor, Royal Albert Hall

12th December 2019
Howard will conduct his own new arrangement of 'Walking in the Air' for soprano and orchestra in a programme of songs performed by Katherine Jenkins and orchestra.

'THE SNOWMAN' IN HOLLYWOOD, The Golden State Pops Orchestra conducted by Steven Allen Fox, perform the concert version of 'The Snowman' with 'the voice of Disney', Bill Rogers, as narrator. 21st December 2019 at 8.00pm, Great Warner Theatre, San Pedro, Los Angeles, USA

21st December 2019

THE SNOWMAN STAGE SHOW AT LONDON'S PEACOCK THEATRE 22ND SEASON, Robert North full ballet company directed by Julian Moss, orchestra directed by Costas Fotopoulos, Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre, Kingsway London

21st November 2019
- 30th January 2020


Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of The Snowman returns to the Peacock Theatre, the definitive marker of the Christmas season! Combining dance, live music and storytelling, this enchanting spectacle is one for the whole family. See it from 21 November 2019.

The beloved show is now in its 22nd year, testament to its enduring charm. Based on the children’s book by Raymond Briggs, it also includes songs and music from Channel 4’s 1982 film of the same name, including “Walking in the Air”. The story is wordless, told instead through movement. Special effects ensure the sense of magic and spectacle capture the imaginations of the little ones in the audience.

One Christmas – so the story goes – a young boy rushes excitedly outside at the sight of freshly fallen snow. He takes great pride in building a tall snowman, complete with hat and scarf. All of a sudden, a festive miracle occurs: the icy figure comes to life and takes the boy’s hand. Together they embark on a heart-soaring adventure.

The production is directed by Bill Alexander, who is Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He counts a Binkie Beaumont Award for Best New Director and a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director to his name.

The Snowman is produced by John Coates. Original music and lyrics are by Howard Blake. Choreography is courtesy of Robert North, with design by Ruari Murchison’s and lighting by Tim Mitchell.

Families can’t fail to leave this show in top festive spirits. Come and find how fly you can high with the gorgeous, heart-warming The Snowman at Peacock Theatre from 21 November 2019.

Recommended for

Anybody who knows Christmas isn't complete without hearing "Walking in the Air", or who grew up reading Raymond Briggs' precious book, should be sure to get The Snowman tickets. This festive treat is perfect for children and grown-ups alike.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for all ages

THE SNOWMAN WITH ALED JONES ON CHRISTMAS EVE, Aled narrates and sings the words and music of Howard Blake OBE, who conducts The Sinfonia of London, CLASSIC FM 5.30PM

24th December 2019
This complete 26-minute version of 'The Snowman' was originally recorded for the Channel 4 animated film in 1983 with Howard conducting his orchestra The Sinfonia of London, narrator Bernard Cribbens and treble Peter Auty, and in this form it went platinum for CBS Masterworks. In 1985 Aled made a memorable cover version which went to number 3 in the charts and he appeared on TOTP singing 'Walking in the air' the theme ffrom the film, which launched his highly-succesful career.


11th December 2019
- 15th December 2019


28th November 2019
- 1st December 2019

'IN TUNE' BBC RADIO BROADCAST, Howard Blake, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London

21st November 2019
An interview followed by the playing of the Sony recording of the third mevement of the Howard Blake Piano Concerto - 'Comcerto for a Princess.' soloist Howard Blake with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Sir David Willcocks.

'CONCERTO FOR A PRINCESS' JULIAN TREVELYAN (PNO), JOHN GIBBONS (COND.0, EALING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Julian Trevelyan. Ealing Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Gibbons. 7.30pm, St. Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London, W5 1QG

30th November 2019
Julian will give his first performance of the Howard Blake Piano Concerto in a programme of symphonic music including Mahler's 10th

BRIGHTON LUNCHTIME CONCERT-BLAKE, PARMENTER AND GREGORY PLAY BLAKE, Paul Gregory (solo guitar), Alan Parmenter (violin) with Howard Blake (piano), Chapel Royal, North Street,Brighton Tuesday 3rd December 1.00pm

3rd December 2019

'ALL GOD'S CREATURES' - MID-SUSSEX SINFONIA, Jonathan Willcocks,conductor,The Mid-Sussex Sinfonia and Sussex Children's Choir, The Dolphin Hall, Haywards Heath,3.00pm

8th December 2019
This is a programme of music by Howard Blake, OBE.FRAM, who will be attending the concert to talk about 'All God's Creatures', 'The Snowman', 'Sussex Prelude' and other works he wrote at the time when he lived and worked in Highbridge Mill, Cuckfield, Sussex. 

FILMED INTERVIEW FROM HOWARD'S STUDIO, Howard Blake playing his own piano music and being interviewed by Afshin Rattansi for RT TV LONDON Recorded 10th Dec 2019 in his own studio in London, Kensington, London, UK

10th December 2019
- 11th December 2019

Showings of film on RT on Dec 11th 2019 at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 9.30pm

Channel 234,


SKY 511 

HOWARD BLAKE INTERVIEWED BY JACK PEPPER ON SCALA, HOWARD BLAKE is interviewed by JACK PEPPER who introduces some of Howard's recorded music., Scala Radio, Golden Square, London

13th December 2019

'THE SNOWMAN' WITH HARROGATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Harrogate Symphony Orchestra, musical director Bryan Western, Royal Hall Harrogate, Yorkshire

20th December 2020

The Snowman will be performed by The Harrogate Symphony Orchestra,which Howard himself conducted in a performance of his 'Suite from Agatha' (22nd. June 2019.)

'The Snowman' began as an animated film with music in 1982, was enlarged into a 55' ballet in 1993 in which year it was also further extended into a 90' stage show. This was further revised and extended in 2000 in which form it continues to run in theatres in UK and around the world.

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