This is the archived page for the 2014 performance of the Snowman. For details about the 2015 performance, please follow the link below.
Sunday 29 November - Friday 11 December 2015 Something magical is happening this Christmas… The Snowman, live, brought to life by an accompanying orchestra.

The Snowman (2014)

Carrot Productions are offering the opportunity for you to experience this magical and incredibly moving film in a truly unique way… a live, professional orchestra playing the original score along to the film shown on a large screen.
Sunday 7 - Friday 12 December 2014
Multiple locations
around Derby City & County
Carrot Productions
Sunday 7 - Friday 12 December 2014
Multiple locations
around Derby City & County
Carrot Productions
Carrot Productions
Carrot Productions

Since its publication in 1978, Raymond Briggs' timeless book, The Snowman - brought to life by its soft, watercolour images - has become a children's classic. In 1982, the wordless book about a magical friendship between a young boy and the snowman he creates, was made into an animated film first shown on Christmas Eve.

The beautiful score, composed by Howard Blake, includes the evocative 'Walking in the Air', made famous by Aled Jones. It proved an immediate hit and subsequently became a heart-warming perennial favourite, delighting audiences of all ages and providing the soundtrack to every child's Christmas.

In addition, a specially commissioned piece will introduce all the instruments of the orchestra, providing an insight into their varied sounds. Here, the audience will have the rare opportunity to hear the more unusual instruments of the orchestra such as the celeste, cor anglais, bass clarinet and harp.

Following on from this, the orchestra will play movements from The Nutcracker Suite, surely the most Christmassy of all seasonal pieces.

The concert will last one hour, making it a perfect length for all ages.

These performances are subsidised for schools by Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership.

Performances & booking

  • Sunday 7 December
    New Mills Art Theatre, Jodrell Street, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK22 3HJ
    Family performances at 15.00 & 16.45
  • Monday 8 December
    New Mills Art Theatre, Jodrell Street, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK22 3HJ
    School performances at 9.15, 11.00 & 13.30
  • Tuesday 9 December
    The Winding Wheel, 13 Holywell Street, Chesterfield, S41 7TX
    School performances at 11.00 & 13.30
  • Wednesday 10 December 
    Pavilion Gardens (Octagon), St. John's Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE
    School performances at 11.00 & 13.30
    Family performance at 19.00
  • Thursday 11 December 
    Kirk Hallam Sports College, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, DE7 4HH
    School performances at 10.45 & 13.30
    Family performance at 19.00
  • Friday 12 December 
    Derby Riverside Centre, Riverside Court, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8HY
    School performances at 9.20, 11.00 & 13.30