Babar the Elephant trumpets AdYO’s tutorial programs


Roy-HowatLeading Scottish pianist and French music specialist, Roy Howat (pictured), will team up with well-known Adelaide actor Holly Myers to present a very special fundraising concert for the Adelaide Youth Orchestras – a one-off performance of Francis Poulenc’s Babar the Elephant.

Based on the adventures of the beloved children’s character created by Jean de Brunhoff and his wife Cecile in 1931 – this colourful piece for piano and narrator was composed by Poulenc in 1940.

“This is a magical piece of music that brings the first of the Babar books to life – scene by scene – with the clever piano score conjuring up images of slow-moving elephants and misty jungles,” says Associate Professor, Keith Crellin OAM – Artistic Director of Adelaide Youth Orchestras.

“To have a pianist of Roy’s calibre performing this piece is a real treat for Adelaide families and with Holly narrating Brunhoff’s beautiful story everyone in the audience – young and old – will be under Babar’s spell from start to finish!”

A must-see concert for children aged 4 to 8 (but suitable for anyone aged 4 to 104!), Babar the Elephant will be presented once only at the ASO’s Grainger Studio on Sunday August 25 at 3pm. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to raise funds to support AdYO’s tutorial programs, where students receive professional coaching with musicians from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium of Music, Band of the SA Police and the Australian String Quartet.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Roy and Holly for donating their artistic services to the Adelaide Youth Orchestras to enable us to present a unique and entertaining family concert that will help us raise much needed funds to support the ongoing development of South Australia’s young musical talent,” says Crellin.

Based in the UK, but a regular visitor to Adelaide – where his partner’s family resides, Roy Howat is internationally renowned as both a pianist and scholar. A graduate of King’s College Cambridge, he made a special study of French music in Paris and his concerts, broadcasts and lectures regularly take him world-wide. Howat has a history with AdYO, having performed with the organisation’s flagship ensemble – the 80-piece Adelaide Youth Orchestra in 2010.

Holly Myers is an award-winning actor and a graduate of Adelaide’s Centre for Performing Arts who has performed with State Theatre SA and has numerous film and TV credits including Blue Heelers, The Hollowmen and Hating Alison Ashley.

Babar the Elephant
Date: Sunday 25 August 2013, 3pm-4pm (with no interval)
Venue: ASO Grainger Studio, 91 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Tickets: General Admission $20, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children: 2-18) $60, Children under 2 are free
Bookings: Phone: 08 8233 6256 or online.


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