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    Fantastique

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    Tue 27 Sep, 7.30pm
    Royal Festival Hall
    Classical music
    £15 ⁠–⁠ £69
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    Aurora Orchestra
    ★★★★★

    ‘Deeply felt, immersive music music-making at its best’

    Evening Standard

    Take on the opium-infused visions of a tortured artist haunted by unrequited passion in Aurora Orchestra’s landmark orchestral theatre production of Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique

    Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, Berlioz’ epoch-making work unfolds as a cinematic fantasy full of wild imagination and demonic madness.

    By turns gorgeous and grotesque, it invites you to waltz through a glittering ball, enter a feverish dream, march to your own execution, and spin into dark delirium at a witches’ sabbath.

    This unique theatrical concert interweaves a memorised performance of the Symphonie fantastique with stage design, lighting, movement and Berlioz’ own words about his music, alongside a presentation of the work’s musical ideas with live excerpts from actor Mathew Baynton (Horrible Histories, Ghosts).

    Premiered at the BBC Proms in 2019, it has become one of the most talked-about orchestral events of the past decade.

    ★★★★

    ‘Deeply felt, immersive music music-making at its best’

    The Times
    ★★★★

    ‘A triumph, a wacky, psychedelic ride. Truly Berlioz on acid’

    Bachtrack
    Performers
    • Aurora Orchestra
    • Nicholas Collon conductor
    • Mathew Baynton actor
    • Jane Mitchell director, concept, script writer
    • James Bonas director
    • Kate Wicks production design
    • William Reynolds design consultant
    • Cydney Uffindell-Phillips movement consultant
    Repertoire
    • Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (performed from memory with orchestral theatre staging)

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 7+

    There is no interval in this performance

    Dates & times

    Tue 27 Sep, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 90 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    • Standard entry£15 ⁠–⁠ £69*
    • Concessions25%**


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    Classical Music: Autumn/Winter 2022/23

    As part of our classical music multi-buy offer, book multiple Autumn/Winter concerts in the same transaction to receive a discount:

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    Discounts apply to selected events from September 2022 until January 2023 inclusive. Offer can't be combined with Spring/Summer multi-buy.

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