I was on my way to the Music Hall earlier this week, and stopped to admire the pretty Christmas lights in the street and the shops.
And then it was time for what is becoming a wee tradition with my friend Judith: the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Snowman Concert.
The Snowman is screened, narrated live by a guest (this year it was Blythe Duff from Taggart), while the orchestra plays and a young soloist performs Walking in the Air. Just magical.
In the second half, the orchestra and RSNO choir get their Christmas outfits and accessories on (this year the second violins came back as Snow White and the seven dwarves) and they perform old favourites and brand new Christmas pieces, while the audience get to join in for some of them. The musicians are wonderful, of course, but the whole production is pulled together fantastically by the conductor, Christopher Bell, who hams it up and gets the audience to play along even more.
I absolutely love it, and highly recommend it – and if anyone wasn’t feeling festive yet they certainly would be after that!