Partner Promoters Event for A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing

03 October 2014

November and December 2014 mark the first production from a new strategic partnership between Music Network and The Ark as Brian Irvine's festive show for children, A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing, tours nationally.

From 22 November to 21 December the show will travel to nine venues: Linenhall Arts Centre (Castlebar); Hawk's Well Theatre (Sligo); Mermaid Arts Centre (Bray); The Ramor Theatre (Virginia); Regional Cultural Centre (Letterkenny); Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise); Siamsa Tíre (Tralee); Riverbank Arts Centre (Newbridge) and Droichead Arts Centre (Drogheda). It can also be seen at The Ark from 22 - 29 November and 13 - 21 December. For more details, see here.

                                           Poster image for A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing

On Thursday 2 October, many of the Partner Promoters for A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing travelled to The Ark to learn more about the show in a special workshop. The day began with an introduction to the show from Music Network and The Ark teams. The group then attended a performance of The Way Back Home, a show for children, schools and families. 

                                       Brian Irvine, composer of A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing

The first presentation of the day was by Belfast-born composer Brian Irvine, whose body of work includes operas, orchestral works, film scores and solo works. He gave Partner Promoters valuable insights into the composition of the music, lyrics and performance elements of the show.

                                   Fabienne Morris, London Symphony Orchestra, at The Ark

Next up was Fabienne Morris, Communications Manager at London Symphony Orchestra. Since joining the illustrious LSO in 2009, Fabienne has worked in audience development and marketing, and gave Partner Promoters a fascinating presentation on understanding and engaging family audiences.

                                             Publicist Christine Monk at The Ark

Publicist Christine Monk, whose clients include the National Concert Hall, Project Arts Centre, the RDS and Trinity College, made the final presentation of the day. Christine spoke to Partner Promoters about how to maximise local PR, discussing press releases, imagery, pitches and working with regional media outlets. 



The event provided a great opportunity to Partner Promoters to meet and discuss their plans for the show and also to learn valuable techniques for working on shows for children, schools and families.