Paddington Bear™ comes to life on the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Stage!

The story of Paddington Bear™ comes to the KWS stage on January 14 at 2:30 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and featuring the KWS Orchestra, this charming narrated concert will be full of stories and will feature music from Elgar’s Wand of Youth Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous and virtuosic Flight of the Bumblebee. The story of the world’s favourite bear will come to life in ways and sounds never before imagined!

‘Paddington Bear’s First Concert’, part of the Family Series is great for children ages 4-12 and their families. Doors open at 1:15 pm for fun and interactive pre-concert art and music activities throughout the Centre In The Square lobby and KWAG, featuring Music for Young Children. Pre-concert activities are free with ticket purchase. Tickets are $11 for children and $18 for adults.

Paddington, the bear from Darkest Peru, famous for his love of marmalade was first published in 1958. Since then, British-born writer Michael Bond has been delighting children and families all over the world with his stories about Paddington for almost 60 years. Today, there are over 150 book titles available in 40 different languages and Paddington has become one of the best loved characters in the world. Paddington has appeared in numerous adaptations and in November 2014 the first full-length Paddington film was released to huge critical and commercial success. Part of a franchise, the second film will be released in Winter 2017.

“Everybody loves Paddington Bear and for a good reason!” commented Bartholmew-Poyser. “He is inquisitive, funny and curious. The story of this adorable bear has been a favourite of children and adults for years. When coupled with the live symphony and wonderful storytelling, this concert will bring back old memories and create new ones! With a soundtrack to the narration performed by live symphony orchestra in a concert that includes other British pieces and many pre-show activities, this will be a great day for audience and Orchestra alike!”

PADDINGTON BEAR’S FIRST CONCERT runs Jan 14 at 2:30 pm at the Centre In the Square, 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased online at kwsymphony.ca or by calling 519-745-4711 or 888-745-4717.

Editors Notes
About Paddington:
For almost 60 years, British-born writer Michael Bond has been entertaining children and families all over the world with his stories about Paddington, the bear from Darkest Peru famous for his love of marmalade. Since the first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published by HarperCollins in 1958, a further 13 full-length novels and countless other formats have been published. Paddington’s adventures have been adapted several times for television and at the end of 2014 Paddington made his debut onto the big screen. A second Paddington movie, Paddington 2, is set to launch on the 10th November, 2017 in the UK.  In recognition of Paddington’s extraordinary popularity and success, Michael Bond was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) from the Queen for services to children’s literature in 1997 and a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2015.
Today, there are over 150 book titles available in 40 languages and in more than 100 countries, book sales are in excess of 35 million. The PADDINGTON DVD released in 2015 was the fastest and strongest selling DVD of 2015 in the UK. Paddington has a growing online presence with over 600 thousand Facebook fans and over 20 thousand Twitter followers.
In 2016 the Paddington brand was purchased by Studiocanal, part of the Vivendi group.
Follow Paddington on Twitter at @paddingtonbear Like Paddington’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PaddingtonBear/
Paddington Bear™ © Paddington and Co Ltd/Studiocanal S.A. 2017 Licensed on behalf of Studiocanal S.A. by Copyrights Group
MEDIA CONTACT

Kari Hueber,
Director of Audience Engagement
519-745-4711 ext. 267
khueber@kwsymphony.on.ca