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05 December 2018In the Kingdom of the Sweets
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In the Kingdom of the Sweets Nigel Bates Wednesday 05 December 2018

This lecture is about the Nutcracker ballet which has been performed at Christmas for decades.  The popular ballet, after being deemed a failure at its first performance, now takes its rightful place on the stage.  The music of Tchaikovsky along with storytelling, design and dance all come together to make this ballet a pleasing experience for  both young and old.


Nigel Bates is music administrator for the Royal Ballet.  He was Principle Percussionist of the orchestra of the Royal Opera House from from 1993 to 2009 and has worked as a freelance percussionist with most of the London orchestras for 40 years.  He was also a producer for the BBC's Maestro at the Opera and Pappano's Classical Voices documentary series and has given lectures for over 20 years to arts societies and conservatoires.