classical music
family & young people

The Moon Hares

Part of Classical music

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Be bewitched by a magical family opera from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment about community, identity, freedom and safety.

Inspired by the music of Henry Purcell, The Moon Hares tells the story of a village where the Mayor forbids the residents from going out at night or looking up at the stars.

When a new teacher arrives, she discovers that the village is filled with ancient magic. Any person who goes out at night and looks at the moon is turned into a hare until morning. They can live the life of a wild animal, exploring nature and the night.

When the children discover the truth, it’s only a matter of time until the mayor discovers that his rules are being broken and the people must decide between safety and freedom.

Music and storytelling combine in The Moon Hares, the first ever opera for families by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Featuring music from Purcell’s opera Dioclesian, new music by James Redwood and a story by Hazel Gould, it’s performed by four singers and an orchestra of 20 musicians, together with primary students, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) students and community choirs from across London.

Principal funders Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund and Orchestras Live.


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£5 adult £2.50 child
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£5 adult £2.50 child


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Age recommendation
For ages 7+ and their families

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