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The Soldier's Tale
Friday 23rd February 2018 7.30pm @ Town Hall, Skipton
Lynsey Jones narrator
James Knight Soldier
Jennifer Kay Devil
Doug Badger cello
Skipton Building Society Camerata
Ben Crick conductor
Tom Wright director
Emma Williams designer
Skipton Building Society Camerata start their 2018 residency at Skipton Town Hall with a fully staged performance of Igor Stravinsky's The Soldier’s Tale.
Director Tom Wright and designer Emma Williams collaborate with conductor Ben Crick to make Stravinsky’s tale of greed, power and love immediately accessible and engaging to new and old audiences alike.
The Soldier's Tale is an incisive and darkly humourous theatre piece for a small ensemble of actors, dancers and musicians incorporating a wide range of styles and influences, from marches and waltzes, to ragtime and tango. First performed a hundred years ago in 1918 at the end of World War Two in the wake of the Russian Revolution, The Soldier's Tale is a Faustian parable based on a Russian folk tale of a deserting soldier who sells his violin to the devil in exchange for untold wealth.
Tonight's concert also includes a performance by Camerata's principal cellist, Doug Badger, of the first of Bach's six Cello Suites.