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Best of all it offers children the opportunity to enjoy a show in the awe-inspiring setting of the Royal Albert Hall. 

It is a wonderful way to help children to enjoy classical music and to feel comfortable in grand, iconic venues.

This two-hour show (with an interval) is suitable for children from three years upwards. 

It tells the story of aliens arriving on Planet Earth, forcing our heroes and heroines to blast into space in order to save the planet.

After a gentle introduction from Grieg’s Morning, a performance of Holst’s Mars ensures everyone sits up and pays attention. 

And from that point the show presents plenty of clever ways to hold that attention.

On arrival in space the symphony orchestra stand and wave their instruments above their heads to capture a sense of zero gravity. As a result Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is deliberately badly played.

A young volunteer is plucked out of the audience to learn to conduct (although he was suspiciously proficient). And the dome of the Royal Albert Hall changes colour throughout for added effect.

The second half opens with Williams’ Imperial March, best known as Darth Vader’s theme in Star Wars, and the tune summons Vader onstage. 

“Every time that music is played, I appear,” he explains. It’s “one of my all-time favourites”.

Following a cheery rendition of Fly Me To The Moon, Holst’s Jupiter (best known as the tune to the stirring I Vow To Thee My Country) is played to take the space crew to, you guessed it, Jupiter. 

Then the audience is invited to stand and do some “ballet”, copying comically silly dance moves to Stravinsky’s fitful, dissonant Rites Of Spring.

An explosion of confetti heralds the spaceship’s arrival on Jupiter, accompanied by Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, this time played perfectly.

My Great Orchestral Adventure is the perfect show for introducing children to the joys of classical music. 

Although the plotline could have been more clearly developed to support the music, the orchestra played beautifully and my five-year-old son was mesmerised throughout.

And in December the Royal Albert Hall presents My Christmas Orchestral Adventure. 

I for one will be dusting off my Santa hat and joining the festive fun.



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