From the very young to the rather more mature, Harrogate Festival has two events lined-up that covers all age-groups!

As part of the Festival’s Generations theme, parents and young children are invited to enjoy an interactive musical performance of The King, The Cat and The Fiddle, a story which was co-written by the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin. This Musical Storytime takes place on Saturday morning, 11am on 15 July at Wesley Chapel and offers an interactive experience, with the lively Alias Trio promising plenty of audience participation! They tell the tale of a King who had to sack his beloved fiddlers in his kingdom, where happiness is music! Ending happily ever after, it’s the perfect way for families to spend a summer’s morning.

On Monday 17 July, it’s the turn of the older generation with ‘Songs and Scones’ at Wesley Chapel Lower Hall at 11am. “I don’t get out very often. At Songs and Scones I see old friends and chat with new people. It’s better than any medicine!” one audience member said. This relaxed, interactive music session offers a friendly and fun opportunity to meet new people. Featuring an informal concert from the acoustic trio, Bright Season – a cup of tea and tasty scone follows.

Bringing together young, old, and any age in between, is the Family Concert with Harrogate Symphony Orchestra, who will perform an animal-themed concert featuring music from the rousing Finale of the William Tell Overture, famed as the Lone Ranger soundtrack, and much-loved music from Pink Panther to the soundtrack of Angry Birds.

HSO conductor, Bryan Western, promises an experience unlike any other: “We plan plenty of audience participation! It’s going to be enormous fun when we do the theme from Ghostbusters – Who you gonna call? Expect singing, clapping, and the most amazing atmosphere.”

The Family Concert will be hosted at the Royal Hall on Sunday 23 July at 3pm, tickets are just £6 for 3-18 year olds, £10 for adults and free to children under 3.

Bryan Western added: “This is an opportunity to get children hooked on music. You never know until you’re there, what effect it has on a child!”

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