Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic festive film The Snowman, violinist Esther Abrami performs a new version of ‘Walking in the Air’, personally arranged for her by the film’s original composer Howard Blake.
Abrami recorded the video 450 feet above Brighton on top of the Brighton i360, making her the first ever solo instrumentalist and the very first classical artist to perform on top of the pod. Taller than the London Eye, the video offers 360-degree views of Brighton, the English Channel, and the rolling South Downs National Park.
This winter, Penguin Random House Children’s is celebrating the anniversaries with a limited theatrical release of both films, available in more than 70 ODEON cinemas nationwide for 6 weeks from 25 November 2022. Esther debuted the track with a live performance at the film re-premiere at Odeon, Leicester Square, London and will be performing the song at this year’s Scala Christmas Concert at The London Palladium on November 27.
Of her new music video, Esther says: Watching The Snowman is one of the most nostalgic and special Christmas traditions for so many families and I’m so honoured to have been given the chance to share this special version of the iconic track. It was one of the most fun and also most exhilarating performances of my life – attached by a rope on top of the glass pod and with my violin and bow tied to my wrist – something I will never forget!
For ‘Walking In The Air‘, Esther is joined on piano by concert pianist Anne-Gabrièle Douce.