Family prom at the Welsh Proms 

How do you give young children their first taste of live classical music? That’s the question Cardiff’s St David’s Hall was answering in its family-friendly prom performance as part of the Welsh Proms.

Running for around an hour, the family prom took the audience through a journey of family-friendly classical works from Swan Lake to West Side Story to Disney.

The show was presented delightfully by Connie Fisher, who introduced each score and the accompanying dancers. Each work featured talented performances from young local dancers, bringing each piece to life with lively and well-executed choreography. 

Our almost three-year-old was mesmerised by the young ballerinas performing Swan Lake with such poise and grace. She didn’t move from the spot. 

Both our son and daughter relished the opening Pirates of the Caribbean performance, which saw the stage invaded by rafts of young ballerina pirates. A performance of such personality.

I particularly enjoyed the engaging way Connie introduced the orchestra. I’d taken the children to give them their first experience of an orchestra so it was fantastic to hear her explain the different sections, each of whom then played a snippet of music including Uptown Funk and Gangnam Style.

Unfortunately our youngest voted with her feet just before the Beauty and the Beast segment meaning she (and my husband) missed it. I was so sad she didn’t get to see it as it was beautiful. From the delicate Disney-inspired costumes to the thoughtful choreography, it was a definite highlight.

Overall, the family prom was an accessible way to introduce our young children to the experience of seeing (and hearing) a live orchestra. 

With inspired music selections and choreography from local young dancers, it was a great family performance. Bravo!

Blogger note: We paid for our tickets to the family prom and the venue wasn’t aware we were writing a review.

Did you attend the family prom today? I’d love to hear what you thought.


Review: Together with Alfie Boe and Michael Ball

Alfie Boe and Michael Ball have some of the UK’s best-loved voices so, as a musical theatre nerd, I was excited to see them live in their show Together.

Tonight was the tour’s opening night in Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and it didn’t disappoint. The show mixed Boe and Ball classics such as Love Changes Everything and Bring Him Home, which stunned with their technical mastery, with more interesting choices including Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, which I loved.

The running order also included James Bond theme tunes and Elvis medleys with Suspicious Minds encouraging the audience to their feet. Having never seen either Boe or Ball live before, I just loved hearing their voices in duet as well as their spot-on solos. Boe’s Quadrophenia¬†was another personal highlight showing his vocal range and power.

Seasoned professionals, Boe and Ball have a great rapport which delighted tonight’s audience. Their cheeky jokes go down well with the audience, who were made up with a mixture of ages.

They were backed by a trio of fabulous singers and an awesome orchestra with instruments ranging from the bass guitar to violins to the double bass.

Together was a three-generation night out for my family as I went with my grandmothers and mum. We all left thrilled, which is testament to a truly good show.

Thank you Ball and Boe.