Children’s Film Concert

West Road Concert Hall

Suitable for children aged 4+ (1hr) - advanced ticket sales only

  • Programme of popular film music
  • Conductor Robert Hodge

King Kong is the film credited as the first to have music on a sound track synchronising with the action on screen, the composer being Max Steiner. Music and film went together much earlier than that, using live musicians in the cinema. The aim was to drown the sound of the projector, which audiences found irritating. Curiously, the first ‘talkies’ had no music because producers reckoned the talking was enough to steer attention away from the machinery.

What a lot has changed since then. It’s hard to imagine a film without music, and many great composers, from Prokofiev to Britten, have been drawn in. Although specialists in film music are less well known (apart from John Williams), their music is adored and the CCSO presents two concerts in one day, both consisting of nothing but that. The first concert, 4.30—5.30 p.m, is for children aged four upwards, who may wish to come dressed as their favourite film character: a pirate, Robin Hood, a hobbit perhaps. And the music? It will come from Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and lots more.

Every child or group of children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Ticket Information

Admission: £5 (under 14), £15 (accompanying adult)

Advanced ticket sales:
  • Online
  • Phone: 01223 300085 (12:30 - 16:00 on Monday, 12:30 - 19:00 Tuesday - Friday, and 15:00 - 19:00 on Saturday).
  • In person: ADC Box Office, Park St, Cambridge, CB5 8AS – just off Jesus Lane
There is no booking fee but a 70p charge applies for postage. Tickets are not available on the door.

West Road Concert Hall

11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP (map)
By Car
From Junction 12 of the M11 Drive for approx 1.5 miles into Cambridge (Barton Road) Turn left into Grange Road Turn 3rd right opposite Rugby Club (West Road) We are half way along the right hand side of West Road.
By Train
Trains run regularly to Cambridge from both London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street. If you are coming from the North, it is advisable to change at Peterborough. West Road is a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride from the railway station.