Tuesday 20 September 2022

We're Going on a Bear Hunt with Stuart Hancock's music live in concert, in aid of the Royal British Legion

In 2016, composer Stuart Hancock wrote the score for the animated film, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, based on the Michael Rosen/Helen Oxenbury children's book of the same name, and the score went on to win two major awards in 2017 (Best Short Film Score at both the Jerry Goldsmith Awards and the Music+Sound Awards). Now there is a chance to hear the music live, as Hancock is conducting an orchestra of Army musicians (the Band of the Welsh Guards and the Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra) in screenings of the film with live music at Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ on 5 November (there are three performances).

Whilst Hancock is best known as a composer for film and TV, I chatted to him in 2020 about Raptures, a disc of his concert music released on Orchid Classics [see my interview]. 

The film follows the intrepid adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and their pet dog Rufus, who decide one day to go on an adventure through the countryside in search of bears. On 5 November, Hancock will be presenting the event from the podium, and this family show will include a fun guide to the musicians in the orchestra and the tunes in the music score to listen out for, as well as singalongs to George Ezra's charming title song Me and You.

All profits from the performances will benefit the Royal British Legion, providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants.

Further details from the Facebook page, and tickets from EventBrite.

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