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Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas in Concert

Plus The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child

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An illustration of Father Christmas with an orchestra behind him

Join the Mozart Symphony Orchestra this winter as they celebrate Raymond Briggs’ seasonal classic, Father Christmas. With the film playing on a big screen accompanied by a live orchestra and sound effects, this is a magical Christmas concert like no other!

The concert will begin with performances of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, both for narrator and orchestra. Each character in the tales is represented by a different instrument of the orchestra – can you guess which one the Gruffalo will be?

This concert is the perfect antidote to panto and a wonderful Christmas treat for all the family.

Presented by the Mozart Symphony Orchestra

Alice Mackenzie Singer
Clare Hart
Simon Murray
Father Christmas
Philip Mackenzie

Reserved seating

Ages: Recommended 5+


Performance Times

Doors: 14.00
Start Time: 14.30
Interval: 15.00 – 15.20
Finish: 15.55

All timings are approximate and subject to change


The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 1999. Published by Macmillan Children Books. The Gruffalo’s Child © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2004. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

“You would be hard pushed to find a more magical Christmas experience.”

The Times


14:00 Doors open

14:30 Performance starts

Donaldson/Mackenzie The Gruffalo
Donaldson/Mackenzie The Gruffalo’s Child
(both arranged for narrator and orchestra)

15:00 – 15:20 Interval

Hewer Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas in concert
(film on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment)

15:55 Finish

All timings are approximate and subject to change

About Beacon Hall

Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon

The venue

Beacon Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

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Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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