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Gaspard's Christmas: 4 (Gaspard the Fox)

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Zeb Soanes and Selina Cadell return to the Thaxted festival to present an evening of words and music, exploring the themes of Holst’s Planets Suite, from Mars the Bringer of War to Neptune the Mystic. With the Echo Ensemble conducted by Noah Max. James – Actually, it’s Sleeping Beauty for me – I think it’s some of Tchaikovsky’s greatest music, and something I’ve painted to in concerts very often. Dame Patricia Routledge “The wonderful thing about Gaspard the Fox is that it’s hard to imagine a time when he was never there. He has the look and sound of a classic.”

Christmas Theatre 2022 Preview: Gaspard’s Christmas – Zeb

James – My husband is Spanish so our Christmas is a mix of traditions. My favourite thing is the Dia de los Reyes – The Three Kings Festival on January 6th. We always throw a party and follow the Spanish tradition of a King’s Cake, and gift-giving. It’s a wonderful way to end the festivities. The book launched opened with a performance of a new Christmas Carol –“Christmas Is Here” with words by Zeb Soanes and music by the great Jonathan Dove. This was an extract from the new concert work by Jonathan, an adaptation for narrator and orchestra, commissioned by the Royal Scottish National orchestra, and to be premiered in Glasgow and Edinburgh this Christmas. Zeb will be narrating and I’ll be painting live!Gaspard the fox, your literary creation, is an immortalization of a very real, urban fox that you and your partner befriended and nursed. Do/How do Gaspard’s continuing Christmas adventures continue to be inspired by that connection? CookieYes sets this cookie to record the default button state of the corresponding category and the status of CCPA. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie.

Gaspard’s Christmas | James Mayhew Gaspard’s Christmas | James Mayhew

Nearly 100 years ago, JM Barrie gifted his Peter Pan royalties to @GreatOrmondSt. This inspired us to make @SMITFCharity benefit from sales of GASPARD’S CHRISTMAS in perpetuity, helping people across the UK out of homelessness. Give a gift that does a little good this Christmas.” Throughout the festive period, our presenters and a selection of special guests share their own Christmas stories, bring heartwarming tales to life, and take you to the front row of some of the UK’s finest carol services – all with a generous helping of brilliant music along the way.

James – Christmas pud for me – I love it. Also, Christmas cake and mince pies – I’d eat them all year round if I could!

Gaspard’s Christmas — Just Imagine Gaspard’s Christmas — Just Imagine

Over four days, from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 December, we dedicate the day to some of the greatest classical music of all time, as decided by listeners across the UK. Every piece of music played between 9am and 5pm is taken from the current Classic FM Hall of Fame Top 300, made up of hundreds of thousands of votes each Easter. This is the second book in the Gaspard series to be adapted for orchestra by Jonathan Dove. Gaspard’s Foxtrot was written from the outset with this in mind and so I wrote a story that had both musical and visual stimuli for Jonathan Dove to create his score and for James Mayhew to draw the illustrations. In this way it was a three-way creative process and the most exciting and rewarding project. Gaspard’s Christmas already existed as a story when the RSNO asked if they could commission Jonathan to also set that to music. It’s a more intimate and poignant story than Foxtrot, which is a musical adventure through the city by bus, but Jonathan’s score for Gaspard’s Christmas is so wonderfully rich and heartfelt, matched by James’ extraordinarily sensitive illustrations. Drawing snowy scenes at night isn’t easy!I hope the underlying message of kindness and the value of community stays with children long after they leave the concert hall.

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