Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels: 'It's been such a labour of love for so many people, a true collaboration'
- David Pollock
- 7 June 2019
Famous man and dog duo embark on a musical adventure, set to a live orchestral score
It's been exactly 30 years since Wallace & Gromit, Nick Park's series of animated comedies about one man and his dog, debuted with 'A Grand Day Out', and since then there have been multiple spin-offs and three Academy Award wins.
Meanwhile, having spent four years performing a fully orchestral take on The Snowman, Carrot Productions' managing director Rachel Whibley decided it was time to take on a new challenge and expand the repertoire.
'However, I'm quite fussy,' she says, 'and only wanted to collaborate with a British brand that I loved and respected. So I contacted Aardman in 2017 to see if we might work together on this – and 18 short months later, here we are!'
Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels pairs a live orchestral score to selected screen adventures of the title characters, Aardman's most famous creations. Over two halves, the show will present bespoke animations created by the Aardman team – originally for the BBC Proms in 2012 – and Julian Nott's original score for The Wrong Trousers.
Composer Daniel Whibley has introduced new music for the first part, while the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Steve Magee conducts, and the show is presented by cellist, actor and singer Matthew Sharp. And everything we'll see has been fully approved by Aardman.
'I'm so pleased with everything about it,' says Whibley. 'It's been such a labour of love for so many people, a true collaboration, and has resulted in the most amazing experience for both the audience and performers. I hope they'll be thrilled, entertained, moved and exhilarated in equal measure. The reaction has been phenomenal from everyone, we couldn't be happier or more proud.'
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 8 Jun; Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Sun 9 Jun