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  • Josh Rodden

Wrexham Symphony Orchestra and TQG Open their ‘Musical Picture Book’ with Harry Potter

Updated: Jan 16

Harry Potter features a lot in the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra’s next concert ‘Musical Picture Book’ on Sunday January 19th, 2020 which includes an exciting partnership with Technquest Glyndwr.

Techniquest Glyndŵr will present a free to enjoy ‘Harry Potter’ Themed Light, Sound and Music activity in the foyer from 2pm. All concert goers can spend time experiencing how this powerful combination captivates our senses and emotions.

The concert, which starts at 3.30pm, has a wonderful and varied programme of some of the most popular and much-loved music of our generation.

Speaking about the concert, Conductor Mark Lansom comments:

"There's something for everyone in January's concert. Though it's a family concert and an afternoon performance, it's designed to equally delight listeners of all ages.

"On the theme of 'picture books' we have selected a diverse set of pieces, all designed to conjure images within. Some are well-known, and the highlight for many will be our Symphonic Suite from Harry Potter by John Williams, or maybe the suite from one of the most successful of modern musicals, Chicago.

"We have waltzes, including the most famous of them all, the Blue Danube, contrasted by Belle of the Ball, a true American waltz from the ever-inventive Leroy Anderson.

"We also have music by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens and Mendelssohn’s 'Fingal's Cave' – which also features in the Harry Potter films. Central to all this is Benjamin Britten's majestic "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra", and which sparkles as a concerto for the whole orchestra".

The audiences are being encouraged to bring their Harry Potter books, wear their favourite Harry Potter outfits and most importantly, bring their broomsticks and magic wands. This is a whole family concert and a perfect antidote to the immediate post-Christmas and New Year period. There will be some extra special treats for children too.

In an exciting collaboration with the Wrexham Library Network, a Harry Potter Drawing competition has been launched with 6 family tickets to the concert as prizes for the winning entries. Children and young people up to age 17 are being invited to Imagine their own magical musical instrument and to draw a picture of Harry Potter playing it.

The competition runs to Monday 6th January 2020 and the winning entries will be displayed in the foyer at the concert. Full details about the drawing competition are available from the Library network across the Borough and also from their Facebook page (search for Wrexham Library).

Tickets for WSO concerts range from £25 for a family ticket; £15 Balcony; £12 stalls (£10 concessions) and just £2 for students and young people U16. They are available from Techniquest Glyndwr's main reception, Wrexham Tourist Information Centre in Queens Square, Wrexham and from the Box Office desk in Wrexham Glyndŵr University. They are also available from the Llangollen Tourist Information Office in Castle Street

They can also be purchased online here - Tickets