240408 Britten sinfonia Once Upon a Tune


Edvard Grieg - In The Hall of the Mountain King

Paul Dukas - The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - The Flight of the Bumblebee

Gioachino Rossini - William Tell Overture

55 minutes


Britten Sinfonia

James Mayhew - Live Illustration

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£4-7 for under 16s, £8-11 for adults

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Designed for children of all ages and especially suitable for 5–11s.The concert is informal - you are welcome take children in and out. Music ranges from calm to exciting.

Author and illustrator, James Mayhew’s stunning Once Upon A Tune was the Sunday Times and The Guardian Children’s Book of the Year 2021. In this concert, it is brought to life by the musicians of Britten Sinfonia, as stories of celebrated pieces of music emerge before our eyes, while Mayhew’s captivating work is projected from his easel onto a big screen.

Battle trolls with Peer Gynt in In The Hall of the Mountain King; grapple with a magic broom in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; sail the seven seas with Sinbad the Sailor in Scheherazade; see a prince disguised as a bee in The Flight of the Bumblebee; and become a fearless hero in William Tell.

more about Britten Sinfonia

Britten Sinfonia is a different kind of orchestra. It is defined not by the traditional figurehead of a principal conductor, but by the dynamic and democratic meeting of its outstanding individual players and the broad range of their collaborators.

Britten Sinfonia has been pushing the boundaries of what a chamber orchestra can do for more than 30 years. It is rooted in the East of England, where it is the only professional orchestra working throughout the region, while it also has a national and international reputation as one of the finest ensembles playing today.

It is renowned for its adventurous programming and stunningly high-quality performances, and equally for its record of commissioning new music, nurturing new composing talent, and inspiring schoolchildren, hospital patients and communities across the East of England.

“one of our most innovative and vital ensembles” - The Guardian
“Britten Sinfonia ought to enjoy national treasure status” - The Guardian