2021 Festival Opening Concert

2021 Festival Opening Concert

Faust Chamber Orchestra
Tasmin Little (Narrator)
Mark Austin (Conductor)

5:00 pm & 7:30pm, £22, Free for 16 and Under


Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals 30'
Charlotte Harding New work (world première) 5-7'
Dvorak Serenade for Strings 30'
Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. Austin) 3'

This performance will happen twice

A summer holiday in music, the melodious charm of Dvorak's 'Serenade for Strings' draws you in right from its first, sun-kissed theme. This song to the human soul is paired with a comic portrait of the animal kingdom: 'Carnival of the Animals' by Camille Saint-Saéns. Narrated by acclaimed violinist Tasmin Little, this is sure to be an exhilarating experience. In a rare opportunity to hear a world premiere twice in one day, the concert also presents a nature-inspired commission by the young British composer Charlotte Harding, a rising star on the classical scene. Mark Austin conducts the virtuosic Faust Chamber Orchestra in the launch concert for this year's CSM Summer Music Festival.

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Booking for all Summer Festival 2021 concerts opens on 10 June for Friends of CSM and on 17 June for general booking. To receive alerts, sign up to our mailing list