William steps up to go walking in the air as The Snowman comes to Berkhamsted

The Snowman
The Snowman

Here’s something to make you feel old – Aled Jones was in the charts with Walking In The Air more than 30 years ago.

There must be millions of viewers who don’t even realise that the bubbly breakfast TV presenter and all-round safe hands broadcaster got his big break with that sweet snowman song.

But since Raymond Briggs penned his popular tale about the delightful but doomed friendship between a boy and a snowman, which was then soon turned into a seasonal TV favourite, The Snowman has become a popular Christmas choice.

The Dacorum Symphony Orchestra will be calling up narrator Michael Bernstein and soloist William Hargreaves for their Christmas concert on Sunday.

The afternoon concert, also featuring choral performances from students from Hemel Hempstead School, starts at at 3.30pm at Berkhamsted School’s Centenary Theatre in Kings Road.

William, 12, is a pupil at Hemel Hempstead’s Lockers Park School where he is head chorister in the chapel choir and a keen musician – he plays violin and piano to a high standard and hopes to win a music scholarship to Bedford School.

The Hemel Hempstead School chamber choir will be performing several works including The Marvellous Birth by Bob Chilcott, while the Heath Lane school’s male voice choir will contribute two pieces including an arrangement of Singin’ In The Rain.

Tickets are £12, concessions £10 for adults, but anyone aged 18 and under doesn’t have to pay.

They are available by calling 01442 260155 or popping into Claire Lloyd Properties in Berkhamsted High Street (01442 879996).

You can also book tickets and find out more about the orchestra’s programme online by visiting www.dacorumso.org.