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#APOplanets - relaxed concerts

A performance of Holst's 'The Planets'

Sat 1 Feb, 14:00 & 16:30

In a concert lasting one hour, without interval, we present Holst’s iconic music, which includes the well-known Mars - the Bringer of War, and Jupiter - the Bringer of Jollity, preceded by the equally-famous depiction of sunrise from Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra. There will be performances of original poetry between each movement.

This concert will be a relaxed performance. Whilst maintaining the authenticity of a full concert-going experience, it will be more informal and there will be a particularly relaxed attitude towards noise and movement during the music. The aim is to make the concert more accessible to children and young people with autism, sensory and communication impairments, learning disabilities, who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted.

A heated and furnished ‘chill out’ tent, outside the hall but with a live link to the concert, will provide a haven for anyone feeling overwhelmed. British Sign Language interpreters, a deaf poet, large print programmes and the installation of raked seating are among the other features that have been made possible thanks to a grant of public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Advanced booking is highly recommended.

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