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Thaxted Festival: Family Concert

  • Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted, Essex, CM6 2PH UK (map)

An annual favourite - and an absolute must for any family! This year's family concert takes a very special look at a favourite bedtime story.

  • Patterson Little Red Riding Hood

Paul Patterson uses Roald Dahl’s inspired re-telling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. Bringing the story to life, a select Brandenburg Sinfonia ensemble will encourage suitable forms of participation from this special audience.

About the music:

At the beginning the orchestra becomes an enchanted forest, through which the Narrator makes his way to begin the story, which is thereafter illustrated with musical themes to match the characters and the action.

The music is straightforward, easy for a child to follow and very tuneful. 

For adults, there are some subtle jokes; Wagner’s Isolde is scandalously identified with a “juicy cow”; Grandma’s doorbell has unexpected classical aspirations; the wolf’s burp takes on musical form (maybe with some help from children in the audience!) and there is "cat-walk" music for Little Red Riding Hood’s final appearance.

Booking tickets:

Tickets are £10 adults and £1 accompanied children, available directly from the Festival - see their booking page for further details and the booking form.