Two seasonal favourites come together in this special Christmas event. The story of The Nutcracker is brought to life with a special narration read by CBeebies own Pui Fan Lee, accompanied by beautiful, newly created illustrations. This is
followed by the magical film The Snowman, screened with a live performance of Walking in The Air, the soundtrack to every child's Christmas. Both pieces are accompanied throughout by the SouthBank Sinfonia (conducted by Ben Palmer). The perfect way to begin your celebrations.
Now in its 15th year, the Southbank Sinfonia is a young, dynamic ensemble with a growing international reputation. The Independent described it as "a hugely talented young ensemble whose performances are always theatrical". As they
perform a suite from Tchaikovsky's evergreen ballet, the story will be brought to life with Pui Fan Lee narrating from a new script.
To complement the narration, a set of beautiful illustrations will be shown on screen. Created by Emily Carew Woodard, her distinctive style and affinity for fables and stories made her a perfect partner for this project. Raymond Briggs’ original 1978 book The Snowman led to the now more famous 1982 animated film of the same title with
the score by Howard Blake, and of course Walking in the Air has become every child's soundtrack for Christmas. The song will be heard live in both performances, and the film shown on screen to live orchestral accompaniment. The setting of the film is local to Brighton: the Royal Pavilion and the Palace Pier can clearly be seen in the flying scene.