Carrot Productions

Carrot Productions offer children and families the rare opportunity to experience 'The Snowman' film in a unique way − a live, professional orchestra playing the original score along to the film shown on a large screen. The effect is magical and incredibly moving.
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Derbyshire Music Education Hub

Carrot Productions are proud to be the only orchestral company to tour with The Snowman. They have a particular interest in helping as many children as possible access their performances, through their collaboration with Derbyshire Music Education Hub. In 2014 they staged 17 performances across Derbyshire, reaching over 7,000 local children and families. Uniquely, they also held auditions for school children local to each of the venues, offering them the chance to sing with the orchestra. A truly memorable experience for all the participants.

Paragon Film Orchestra is a professional, 26 piece ensemble comprising some of the top musicians in the country. They are all members or play regularly with major orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé and RLPO, and have been chosen not only for their incredible musical skills, but also for their fun, friendly nature; important when performing to a young audience who may have never seen or heard a live orchestra before. The orchestra is conducted by the Hallé's Steve Magee who, incredibly, is able to sync The Snowman score to the film with split second precision.

In addition to the film, the performances feature a composition specially commissioned by Derbyshire Music Education Hub; a seasonal Guide to the Orchestra, by Dan Whibley. They were eager to offer their young audience members the experience of seeing - and hearing - all the instruments of the orchestra individually. These include seldom seen instruments such as the celeste, cor anglais and bass clarinet. Popular favourites tend to be the harp and the naughty drummer!

Following on from this, the orchestra play what is surely the most Christmassy of all seasonal pieces, The Nutcracker, now with brand new animation by Tom Scott shown on the big screen. We're incredibly excited about this development, and hope it will help our younger listeners to connect even more with the music, with the visual aid supporting their understanding and appreciation. It's going to be magical……

After the overwhelmingly positive response to last year's concerts, Derbyshire Music Education Hub are again supporting numerous performances around the county. With an increased number of venues staged across the country this year, Carrot Productions hope to put on over 35 performances this coming December, reaching over 30,000 children and families. Incredibly, the performances of The Snowman given by Carrot Productions in 2014 amounted to almost a quarter of all the performances given in the world!