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York Minster to host special performances of Peter and the Wolf to introduce children to classical music

13 Apr, 2023

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Join brave young Peter as he overcomes his fear of a big bad wolf in Sergei Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf played on York Minster’s newly-refurbished Grand Organ.

Hear captivating instrumental characterisations of Peter’s animal friends as a live feed of the cathedral’s marvellous organ played by Ben Morris, Assistant Director of Music at York Minster, is shown on screens to the audience. Using special stops on the organ, Ben will guide young listeners through the sounds of this magnificent instrument. The performance will be narrated by Stuart Perry, the Silly History Boys’ silliest boy.

Prokofiev’s familiar and accessible composition is the perfect introduction to classical music. During the performance, children are encouraged to sit on cushions and rugs at the front of the Nave to get the best possible view of the organ. The performance will last 30 minutes and is suitable for those aged 5 to 95.

Ben Morris, Assistant Director of Music at York Minster, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming people of all ages into the cathedral to experience the magnificent sound of our Grand Organ. Peter and the Wolf uses vivid musical motifs to introduce children to classical music in a fun and accessible way.”

The performances will take place on Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June at 7.30pm and will last approximately 30 minutes.

Tickets are now available via York Minster’s website and cost £8 for an adult and £6 for a child. A family ticket of £22 for two adults and two children is also available.

Tickets can also be booked by contacting the York Minster Box Office on 01904 557200.

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