The ever-popular children’s book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ is brought to life with Lupus Films’ beautiful hand-drawn animation on screen and a live orchestra performing the award-winning soundtrack by Stuart Hancock.
The book by Michael Rosen with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury is well known to millions of children and families across the world. The story follows the 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.
The 30-minute animation by Lupus Films (The Snowman and The Snowdog), Walker Productions and Herrick Entertainment was first aired in the UK on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve 2016, with a repeat on Christmas Day. Over 8 million viewers tuned in overall, making it Channel 4’s most watched programme across all genres in four years.
Developed in association with City of London Sinfonia, the ‘Live in Concert’ presentation also includes a lively introduction to the musical world of ‘Bear Hunt’ as well as fun sing-alongs and original closing credits song ‘Me & You’ by George Ezra. Stuart Hancock, composer of the original soundtrack, is available to conduct performances.
Introduction: 15-20 minutes (subject to slight alteration)
Film: 30 minutes
Full orchestra: 2121/3021 2p hp pft(=cel) 126.96.36.199.2
Reduced orchestra: 1111/1010 1p hp pft(=cel) 188.8.131.52.1
Single strings orchestra: 1111/1010 1p hp pft(=cel) 184.108.40.206.1
Composer: Stuart Hancock
Film Directors: Joanna Harrison & Robin Shaw
Based on the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a Lupus Films production in association with Bear Hunt Films and Walker Productions for Channel 4, Universal Pictures and Herrick Entertainment with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt The Film: Live in Concert is produced in association with City of London Sinfonia.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt The Film Live in Concert is produced in association with City of London Sinfonia. City of London Sinfonia are available for performances.
City of London Sinfonia give over 75 performances every year anywhere from an East London club to international concert halls, cathedrals and opera houses, or communities who because of location or opportunity would not otherwise experience outstanding professional music-making. The orchestra spends over 150 days every year in schools where social background often creates a barrier to creativity and ambition, hospitals for young people with severe and challenging conditions, and with older people dealing with loss of loved ones and memory.
The orchestra places equal value and brings the same approach to all of their activities: the highest quality; a distinctive, ‘seriously informal’ style of performance that removes the barriers between musicians and audiences so that people can experience the transformative power of music; and a warmth of music-making that is created through our musicians sharing a wider range of experiences together beyond the concert platform.
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