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In the Kingdom of Sweets: all about The Nutcracker Nigel Bates Monday 19 November 2018

The lecture will be followed by wine and mince pies to celebrate Christmas.

Nigel is the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for nearly forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House, including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra. 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 Royal Opera House.

He has given lectures for over twenty years, including arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.

 In The Kingdom of Sweets

The Nutcracker has delighted audiences at Christmas for many decades yet it was deemed a failure at its first performances.  We take a close look at how this well-loved ballet now takes its rightful place on stage and how the music of Tchaikovsky, along with story-telling, design and dance, all come together to make the most magical escape for young and old alike. Includes several performance video clips.