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.
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