Wow! Our Junior Choir had an amazing time at the Crosby Symphony Orchestra 'Myth & Magic' Family Concert at St. Faith's Church in Crosby. As well as learning about the different instruments that make up an orchestra, we helped conduct them in one of the pieces and then sang a beautiful arrangement of a 'A Whole New World' accompanied by the full orchestra - Mrs Rimmer was very proud!
We were also told about leitmotif; these are "short, constantly recurring musical phrases" associated with a particular person, place, or idea. One of the examples shared with us was 'Hedwig’s Theme' from the Harry Potter films. Hedwig, Harry’s owl, is used throughout the story to transport Harry’s mail as well as give him companionship. When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was made into a movie, certain characters were given musical themes, or leitmotifs. Hedwig was no exception to this. Hedwig was given a leitmotif that was first featured in the Prologue score for the film. Because of the placement of this theme in the prologue and its eerie and mysterious sound qualities, it became associated as the overall musical theme for Harry Potter. Because of this association, it has been used in some form in every single Harry Potter movie. Though the eight movies saw four total composers, each took this original theme by John Williams and interwove it into their own scores.
We would like to thank Jeff Rimmer (conductor) & Glenn Waite (CSO) for inviting us to be part of such a wonderful event.
Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel Overture
Mussorgsky: Night on a Bare Mountain
Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt)
Menken/Rice: A Whole New World (Aladdin)
Williams: Harry Potter Selection