Nonesuch Orchestra to perform Stravinsky’s ballet Apollo at St Peter’s Church, Acton Green

The Nonesuch Orchestra is set to perform Stravinsky’s ballet Apollo (“Apollon musagète”) with new choreography from local dance company Ballet4life on Saturday 23rd June at 7.30pm at St
Peter’s Church, Acton Green.

Conductor Dan Shilladay has curated an evening of musical delights, starting with Mozart’s B-flat Divertimento, followed by Bach’s Double Violin Concerto (soloists Stephanie Waite, the leader of the Nonesuch Orchestra, and her husband Enrico Alvares) and concluding with Apollo.

Traditionally Stravinsky’s Apollo is performed with the 1928 choreography by George Balanchine, the first collaboration between the pair who would go on to create many ballet masterpieces. In this unique concert, Ballet4life’s choreographer Donna Schoenherr has created her own interpretation of the story of the Greek god Apollo meeting with three of the nine Muses: Calliope, Muse of epic poetry, Polyhymnia, Muse of sacred song and Terpsichore, Muse of dance.

Choreographer Donna Schoenherr says: “My Apollo ballet is completely new and different and draws upon my many decades of experience in the world of dance, theatre and creative projects, and inspiration from Stravinsky, the dancers and my surroundings”.

There will also be performances designed for children from local prep and primary schools – but open to all – at St Michael and All Angels Church W4 on Thursday 21st June as part of the Bedford
Park Festival. These performances will be accompanied by items sung and played by children from participating schools, together with the Nonesuch Orchestra.

The performances bring together musicians, dancers and schoolchildren, many of whom live locally, and the profits will go to various charities with local links.

To purchase a ticket, and for further information on the artists involved and the charities being supported, see the Bedford Park Festival website.

Tickets cost £15, £12, £5.

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