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In Focus: The Soldier's Tale

30 June 2021, 7:00pm



In Focus: The Soldier's Tale

30 June 2021, 7:00pm



Sir Thomas Allen narrator
Edward Jowle Soldier
Esme Bronwen-Smith Devil
Dancers from the Central School of Ballet
Ondřej Soukup conductor
Viviane Plekhotkine violin
Will Duerden double bass
Samuel Huston clarinet
Alison Wormell bassoon
Ruby Orlowska trumpet
Gemma Riley trombone
Heledd Gwynant percussion

Stravinsky The Soldier's Tale

We welcome back vocal alumnus Sir Thomas Allen who returns to narrate Stravinsky’s dramatic tale of a Russian soldier’s deal with the devil.

Designed to be watched online, and filmed across our state-of-the-art venues, roving cameras offer audiences a unique immersive perspective for this In Focus performance. As the story and music unfold, and temptation lays ahead for the Soldier, this theatrical piece never fails to thrill and delight.

Featuring unmistakeable elements of the tango, the paso, and the waltz, the RCM's brand new staging of The Soldier’s Tale is a collaboration with dancers from the Central School of Ballet, allowing viewers to experience the warmth and intimacy between music and dance. 

Recorded live at the Royal College of Music in London, this is a YouTube & Facebook Premiere.

How to watch

This event will be broadcast as a YouTube and Facebook Premiere. Join us online for live chat and to watch with audiences all over the world. If you can’t make it for the premiere event you can catch-up in your own time; the video will be available to watch on-demand afterwards.

Support the RCM

The RCM's summer season is free to watch online, but the College welcomes gifts of every size to its Scholarships Fund, through which talented young musicians can access world-class education, regardless of their financial means. More than 60% of RCM students currently receive financial support from the College, but with rising tuition fees and costs of living set against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, your support is more vital than ever.

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Royal College of Music
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London SW7 2BS

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   Victoria: 2 miles

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