The Snowman and The Snowdog Prize Giveaway


HAS HE BEEN YET????  Yeah here at VPME Towers we are unashamedly Christmas freaks. Miserable bitter cynics all year round but come the festive season simply show us some tinsel and a nicely decorated tree and we transform from Scrooge into Buddy the Elf.

And so as the season approaches we have a special pre-Xmas competition in which you can win “The Snowman” goodies, the animated classic which has become a staple of seasonal TV since it was first broadcast by Channel 4 way back in 1867.

To celebrate the release of Andy Burrows (ex-Razorlight) & Ilan Eshkeri’s soundtrack and upcoming live Union Chapel London shows for The Snowman and The Snowdog, we have  this prize to give-away

  • A CD signed by Andy and Ilan

  • A  DVD

  • A cuddly snowdog + book gift set with a Thorntons chocolate lolly

  • Plus a pair of tickets for the Friday 13 the December show at Union Chapel

Simply answer this GMTV style question.

Q/ What is a Snowman generally made of

A. Straw

B. Snow

C. Cliff Richard

And send your answers to with “Snowman Comp” in the title line by 28th November.  First, one out of Santa’s capacious sack wins. Winner will be contacted via email.

More info

Andy Burrows and Ilan Eshkeri will bring their BAFTA-nominated soundtrack to The Snowman and The Snowdog to life this December with a series of unique live-to-picture performances at London’s Union Chapel on December 12th, 13th and 14th, with evening performances each night, plus a special matinee performance on December 14th. ( tickets here – and (0844 811 0051/0844 826 2826) (Direct ticket link: In this very special run of shows, Burrows and Eshkeri will first be joined by The London Metropolitan Orchestra for a unique live sound-tracking of the film, before being joined by very special guests for a set of classic seasonal and Christmas cover versions.  Union Chapel will be transformed for the occasion into a wintry wonderland befitting the occasion, and rumours abound that special guests at the show may just include a certain green hat and scarf wearing star…

The Snowman and The Snowdog (Official Soundtrack) by Ilan Eshkeri and Andy Burrows, meanwhile, was released by Play It Again Sam on November 4th. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Metropolitan Orchestra, the 60 piece ensemble was joined by a choir of Andy and Ilan’s friends and musical collaborators, and the score features piano from Tom Odell (whose debut album topped the charts earlier this year), violin from Haylie Ecker (former Bond member), guitar from Tim Wheeler (Ash), bass from Aristazabal Hawkes (Guilllemots) and drums from Dom Howard (Muse).

Last Christmas, 11 million people in the UK watched The Snowman and The Snowdog for the first time on the 30th anniversary of the Raymond Briggs-penned classic.  The Briggs-endorsed follow-up was created by many of the same team that first brought the much-loved original The Snowman™ to life, and the modern soundtrack by Eshkeri and Burrows underpinned the tale to magical effect.

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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