Blythe walk­ing in the air

Burn­side ac­tress will nar­rate The Snow­man for RSNO live shows

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Geddes

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

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