MENU
THE ARTS SOCIETY
WORCESTER
Click here for previous lectures

DateLecture
10 December 2019In the kingdom of the Sweets – the Nutcracker
14 January 2020Do Women have to be naked to get into Museums? Women Artists and their place in Art History
11 February 2020Cleopatra- The most Womanly of Women, and the Most Queenly of Queens
10 March 2020Threads of History : The World of the Bayeux Tapestry
14 April 2020Wassily Kandinsky and the path to Abstraction
12 May 2020The Art and Culture of Fin-de-siecle Vienna
09 June 2020'A courageous and skilled shot’: Montenegro’s photographer princess, Ksenia Petrović-Njegoš (1881–1960)
08 September 2020Frida Kahlo: A Life in Art

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the lecture

In the kingdom of the Sweets – the Nutcracker Nigel Bates Tuesday 10 December 2019

The Nutcracker has delighted audiences at Christmas for many decades yet it was deemed a failure at its first performances. We take a close look at how this well-loved ballet now takes its rightful place on stage and how the music of Tchaikovsky along with story-telling, design and dance all come together to make the most magical escape for young and old alike. Includes several performance video clips.

Nigel Bates is the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for nearly forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House, including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra. He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC's Maestro at the Opera and Pappano's Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the printed and online content of the ROH. He has given lectures for over twenty years, including arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.