Friday, 25 March 2011

Chamber Orchestra Anglia and UEA Drama Present Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale

Chamber Orchestra Anglia is joining forces with University of East Anglia’s (UEA) drama department to present a dramatisation comprising music, acting and dance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale at UEA Drama Studio on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April at 7.30pm. Tickets costing £10 (concessions £5) are available from UEA box office tel. 01603 508050 or at

The Soldier’s Tale was written and first performed in 1918. This Faustian story focuses on a young soldier who gives his fiddle to the Devil in return for riches and luxury and then battles to regain control of his life. The piece was written to be performed by seven musicians with a narrator, along with actors playing the roles of the soldier and the Devil and a dancer as the princess. Chamber Orchestra Anglia’s collaboration with UEA features a cast of 11 actors and dancers who will present a full dramatic and dance interpretation of the soldier’s struggles with the Devil.

Chamber Orchestra Anglia’s key aims are to forge new links and relationships with other art forms and scientific disciplines and present inspiring and accessible classical concerts. The orchestra’s artistic director and principal conductor, Sharon Andrea Choa, is Director of Music at UEA and conductor of the UEA Symphony Orchestra. The leader of the orchestra is Simon Smith, an outstanding violinist who has performed extensively as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Sharon Andrea Choa explained: “I am very excited about our collaboration with UEA drama department. It is very unusual for The Soldier’s Tale to be performed with such a large cast. It will be a memorable event for the musicians, actors and audience. Chamber Orchestra Anglia is very keen for our audiences to relax and feel part of the concert – there is no need to sit in a formal ‘strait jacket’.”

Holly Maples, UEA drama lecturer and director of The Soldier’s Tale said: “The students are all in their second or third year and are really pleased to have this opportunity to be working with a professional orchestra. It is a challenging piece of physical theatre for them as they interpret the emotion of Stravinsky’s music and the conflict between good and evil.”

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