2021 Festival Opening Concert

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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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Covid-19: We have worked hard to make sure that our Summer Festival audience feels safe at our concerts. In line with current Covid-19 government safety guidelines, all of our concerts are planned to be socially distanced.