Children’s author James paints life beyond the planets, while the ladybird keeps listening...

What the Ladybird Heard

What the Ladybird Heard - Credit: Archant

Two family concerts at which children’s author James Mayhew is joined by the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra are being held this Sunday, November 8.

James is returning to join the orchestra under conductor Robin Browning for the concerts at 2pm and 4.30pm at the University of Herts’ Weston Auditorium in Hatfield.

The concerts are entitled Space - Beyond the Planets and James will paint illustrations live on stage, projected upon a huge screen for everyone to see. The orchestra will play selections from Holst’s Planets together with music by Strauss, Debussy and John Adams.

Admission is £20, concessions £15, children £8 and students £6, available from the box office on 01707 281127 or online here.

Children are also the focus of three performances of What the Ladybird Heard at the Weston Auditorium next weekend.

Aimed at youngsters aged three and upwards, it features two crafty robbers, a tiny ladybird and a fun farmyard in a stage adaption of the Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ tale.

Featuring music and puppetry together with audience participation, it can be seen at 1.30pm and 3.30pm next Saturday, November 14, and 10.30am next Sunday, November 15. Admission is £12.50 with a family ticket £45.