Date(s) - 24/11/2021
7:45 pm - 8:45 pm

In the Kingdom of Sweets – a History of the Nutcracker Ballet.  Presented by Nigel Bates.
ASES members free : Non members £8 (strictly by prior arrangement, maximum two lectures per year).
The Nutcracker ballet has delighted audiences at Christmas for many decades, yet it was deemed a failure at its initial performances. Based upon the current Royal Ballet production by Sir Peter Wright, this lecture takes a close look at how this well-loved ballet now takes its rightful place on stage and how the music of Tchaikovsky along with storytelling, design, dance and a little bit of stage ingenuity all come together to make the most magical escape for young and old alike. Includes several performance video clips.
Nigel Bates has been a performer for more than forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra and eight years as the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet.
He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC’s Maestro at the Opera and Pappano’s Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the printed and online content of the ROH.
He has given lectures for over thirty years, including many arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.
Further details of this and future lectures can be found on our website.
Doors open from 6.45pm, a licensed bar is available.
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