"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Lewis Carroll

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Written by Ian Skelly, the ever popular BBC Radio 3 presenter and speech writer for HRH The Prince of Wales, this evening offers unique insights into the richly historied relationship between music and the monarchy.

 

Told from the persective of Nicholas Lanier, the very first Master of the King’s Musick, as he travels back and forth in time, the show covers several centuries, numerous monarchs and countless composers.

 

The evening promises to be a quirky and often comical entertainment, full of fascinating anecdotes and wonderful music including Purcell’s Dido Abandanata, Walton’s Crown Imperial, Elgar’s Nimrod and Handel’s Zadok the Priest.

 

Playing the role of Lanier will be Henry Goodman, one of the most acclaimed stage and screen actors of recent times.

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Created to honour the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death in 2017, this promises to be an unusually intimate performance of the beloved author's most famous work - one of the most popular novels of all time.

 

The enduring story of the romance between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy will be read by an actor in much the same way that Jane herself first read the story aloud to the Austen family and their closest friends. And weaving around those words will be Carl Davis' magical score from the much loved BBC TV drama series of the 1990s.

 

The music, specially adapted by Mr Davis, can be performed either with full orchestra or in a brand new arrangement for violin and piano.  The role of Jane will be played by silver screen legend Hayley Mills.

 

The book has been abridged by novelist and Austen biographer, Gill Hornby.

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