Ahoy there me hearties!
Back in September I had the great pleasure of orchestrating five songs by Captain Festus McBoyle - the star of this weekend's four APO4Kids Christmas concerts.
On Wednesday it all came to life as the APO, conductor David Kay and all of the performers rehearsed and ran the show.
The Festus McBoyle tracks are:
- A Pirate's Life
- Bogey Bogey
- Hoist The Jolly Roger
- Sonia The Snake
- Walk The Plank
I also wrote two new arrangements of some classics to highlight some different instruments in the orchestra:
- O Tannenbaum (for solo bassoon and strings)
- Feliz Navidad (for solo tuba, singers and orchestra)
There are a few others on the programme too. It's sounding fantastic.
Captain Festus McBoyle and his pirate colleagues are stranded in Auckland just before Christmas. They have lots of songs to sing and stories to tell, but do they actually know what Christmas music sounds like? Let’s all dress up as pirates, polish our voices and give them a surprise! These interactive sing-along, dance-along, conduct-along concerts are for children age 2 – 5 and their families. And at the end, go for the famous walk through the orchestra as the musicians play and capture your costume on film with the pirate-themed photobooth provided by Voyager Maritime Museum.
Can life get much more fun than that? Not really, so gather your scallywags smartly, weigh anchor and set sail - I can guarantee there's a joke or two for the adults too.