Blythe walking in the air
Burnside actress will narrate The Snowman for RSNO live shows
Burnside actress Blythe Duff is to narrate a Christmas classic this week.
The Taggart star will join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) for the much-loved story of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, as part of this year’s RSNO Christmas Concerts.
The Orchestra takes its popular RSNO Christmas Concerts, which have become firmly ensconced as a traditional seasonal event in Scotland, to the Music Hall in Aberdeen this Thursday (December 18, 7.30pm); the Caird Hall in Dundee on Friday (December 19, 7.30pm); the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday, December 20 at 2pm and 6pm), and finally at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on Sunday (December 21) at 3pm.
Blythe said: “It will be a joy to work with the RSNO again.
“Our paths have crossed many times over the years. I’ve also enjoyed working with the extremely talented conductor Christopher Bell in the past, so I’m very much looking forward to these concerts.
“The Snowman is such a wonderful tale, and to narrate the story along with the animation and full symphonic backing will be a memorable experience.”
Led by conductor Christopher Bell, the Orchestra will perform Howard Blake’s iconic soundtrack synchronised with the screening of the animated film, with vocal soloists for the famous ballad Walking in the Air drawn from the RSNO’s own Junior Chorus.
The concerts also feature well-known festive musical favourites, audience participation, the voices of the RSNO Chorus or Junior Chorus, and a few surprises for good measure.
Blythe had enjoyed a terrific year, winning critical acclaim for her performance in the award-winning the James plays at the Edinburgh International Festival.
She also won the Best Actress prize at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for her role in Ciara.
Award winner Burnside actress Blythe Duff in Ciara