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Wirral family to appear in BBC Proms
A WIRRAL composer and his family will feature in the world-famous BBC Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall next week.
Ian Stephens, from West Kirby, will be joined by wife Mandy and daughters Maisie and Lily in the concert entitled The Big Proms Bear Hunt on Sunday, September 1.
The performance, starting at 4pm, features the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Choir and West Everton Children’s Orchestra.
It is conducted by Matthew Coorey, narrated by the poet Michael Rosen, and with live illustrations by Tony Ross. The piece was composed by Ian.
Ian told the Globe: "It feels thrilling to be taking part in this event, especially as all my family are involved.
"It's been wonderful to see our daughters, Maisie and Lily, learning their music and getting more and more excited about the Prom as the summer has gone on.
"I can't wait to see their faces when they realise quite how huge and impressive the Albert Hall is.
"For a composer, having something performed at the BBC Proms is a very big deal and a great honour, so I'm particularly delighted that my orchestral music for We're Going on a Bear Hunt was selected by the BBC to form the focus of this concert.
Mandy will play clarinet in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Maisie, aged 10, and eight-year-old Lily are members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Choirs.
The tale 'We’re Going on a Bear Hunt' became famous through Michael Rosen’s wonderful picture book, which my own children greatly enjoyed when they were younger.
Ian continued: "Though I wrote the music back in 2009, I've spent a great many hours this year reworking and expanding it for the Prom.
"There will be about 6000 people in the audience - the concert is sold out - and many more listening live on BBC Radio 3, so I'm a little nervous about how it will all go.
"But I'm confident that the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Children's Choir and West Everton Children's Orchestra will all pull together to provide an excellent show."