Peonie & Me...x

By Renee Christel Rispin x

Monday, 30 October 2017

Family Events at the Liverpool Philharmonic - Spooktacular

It`s late and we are sleepy,
The air is cold and still.
Our jack-o-lantern grins at us
Upon the window sill.
We`re stuffed with cake and candy
And we`ve had a lot of fun,
But now it`s time to go to bed
And dream of all we`ve done.
We`ll dream of ghosts and goblins
And of witches that we`ve seen,
And we`ll dream of trick-or-treating
On this happy Halloween.
Happy Halloween 

In my youth, Halloween consisted of dressing up in a bin bag (I was a witch of course) and popping to my Nan's house for Trick and hopefully a Treat.  In today's world, All Hallow's Eve now means, go big or lock yourself at home.

Costumes are terrifyingly accurate, decorations are epic and the overall seasonal event puts Michael Jacksons Thriller to shame.

So when the  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic invited us to their Spooktacular event last weekend, I knew they wouldn't disappoint.  Home to an incredible Orchestra, the beautiful hall plays home to Family Events that make the smallest of children music fans.  The concert promised to produce spooky and spine-chilling music, from creepy classics to a gruesome mix of Halloween music.  Count us in.

We were also invited to dress up.  So with a little help from a chocolate bribe, Henry transformed into a mini Dracula (a Little 2-year-old monster would have been more suited).

Greeted at the doors by nonother than the Ghostbusters, we instantly got into the spirit of Halloween. The first stop on our ghoulish must do list was the musical instrument petting zoo in the Grand Foyer.  This is an opportunity for children to try out some key instruments and Henry was instantly intrigued.  I was so proud when he gravitated towards the violin.  I instantly thought, wow how sophisticated of him, until he held it like a guitar.  haha.

After strumming some strings we had a walk around the room to check out what other spooky and devilish costumes lurked around.  The attention to detail and effort all the parents and children made, all added to the atmosphere and event.

Before long we headed into the auditorium for the performance which was presented by Alasdair Malloy and conducted by Kevin Field.  Both dressed up in their vampire finish.  The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra was also dressed up in gruesome disguises.

Sitting comfortably the show opened with Thriller which sounded phenomenal.  My own inner 80's child loved it and even Henry busted some hand clapping moves.  To ensure the children stay engaged in the show, Alasdair Malloy combines audience participation within the music performances.

The concert included The Devil's Gallop, an Overture from The Flying Dutchman, Phantom Fairground and the piece de resistance, Ghostbusters (Twice).  Due to the family nature of the performances, we were encouraged at the end to jump up and dance, which Henry completely loved as he was getting restless in the last few minutes.

Following the show, we were invited along to the Music Rooms along with the Orchestra Explorers Club Members.  This gave Henry an opportunity to try more musical instruments amongst the Philharmonic orchestra musicians and also some devilish treats to finish.

But not before Henry had a quick costume change.  He found he rather preferred being a cat - Meow. Henry gravitated towards the drums and found that banging out this tunes with bells suited his new musical ear to perfection.

The next programme as part of the Liverpool Philharmonics Family Events is Sing Along with Santa   We were lucky enough to attend this show last year and it is amazing.  Loved both by Henry and us.  Its the perfect way to start the Christmas season.

For future shows within the Family, Events check out the links below.  Its never too early to make music lovers of your little ones. x

Key Links:
The Liverpool Philharmonic

Orchestra Explorers Club

Family Concerts & Workshops

We would like to thank the Liverpool Philharmonic for inviting us to the Spooktacular Event.  We received free tickets to attend, however all thoughts are my own (& Henry's of course) x 

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