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The Soldier's Tale

BBC Concert Orchestra

Saturday 20 April, 7.30pm
Djanogly Recital Hall


1 hour 10 minutes (no interval)

The Soldier's Tale

With guest narrator Alistair McGowan

A theatrical work by Igor Stravinsky and Swiss writer Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ (L'Histoire du soldat) is the composer’s greatest work for narrator and orchestra.

It is the story of a soldier trudging home, who trades his violin to the devil in return for a magic book that can tell the future and make him rich. Eventually, realising that wealth is meaningless, the soldier deliberately loses a card game with the Devil to win back his fiddle. But the Devil is not so easily beaten…

Featuring a septet of BBC Concert Orchestra musicians – violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and percussion – and star guest narrator, this is one of a double-bill of concerts presented in Nottingham by the world-renowned BBC Concert Orchestra. On Friday 19 April, the Orchestra performs Wynton Marsalis' ‘A Fiddler's Tale’, a retelling of Stravinsky’s work, at University Hall, Nottingham Trent University.

Alastair McGowan

Alistair McGowan is an impressionist, actor, writer of jokes, plays and sketches, stand-up comedian and, latterly, pianist. His early career on Spitting Image and The Big Impression, two of TV’s most popular shows, made him a household name. In addition to his well-known stand-up, he has recently toured three shows, An Evening Shared with Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan, Radio Live and The Piano Show. An inspired and inspiring entertainer, Alistair is in demand for theatre touring, voice-overs and corporate engagements.


Thanks to the generous support of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust we are able to offer young people aged 8-25 free tickets to this concert. Click here for information on how to apply for the CAVATINA membership scheme.

Part of the BBC Concert Orchestra's Nottingham residency, delivered in partnership with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University. 

This concert is being recorded for future broadcast.