Stapleford Granary

Event description

20.00 / 19.30 Pre- Concert talk        £12/£6 under 16

Narrator: Denis Moriarty

Conductor: Adam Pounds

ACE tour director and former trustee Denis Moriarty invites you to a stimulating evening of music, speech, drama and dance.

The Soldier's Tale is a theatrical work to be read, played, and danced by three actors and dancer, accompanied by a septet of instruments. The piece was conceived by Igor Stravinsky and Swiss writer C. F. Ramuz based on a Russian folk tale.

The libretto relates the parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited economic gain. The music is scored for a septet of violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, cornet , trombone, and percussion, and the story is told by three actors: the soldier, the devil, and a narrator, who also take on the roles of minor characters.


Artist/speaker: Narrator Denis Moriarty, Conductor Adam Pounds

Further info

DENIS MORIARTY  spent thirty years at the BBC, where he specialised in producing documentaries on art, architecture and cultural history. Denis' interest in art and architectural history is matched by his passion for music: he directed the BBC television programme Face the Music, sang with the Philharmonic Chorus and was a founder member of Roger Norrington's Schütz Choir.
For number of years Denis was a trustee for the Association for Cultural Exchange

ADAM POUNDS (conductor) is well-known in the area for conducting the Stapleford Choral Society and the Academy of Great St Mary’s. In his long experience he has conducted and composed many works and has worked with top soloists and broadcasters including David Campbell, Antony Hopkins and most recently the violin virtuoso Chloe Hanslip. Adam was a student of Sir Lennox Berkeley.

DINAH POUNDS (director) is well known as a flautist both as a soloist and orchestral player. Her love of music, dance and drama has resulted in many productions in the past including the Soldier’s Tale and the opera ‘Syn’ both at the University Church and the Mumford Theatre

The musicians for the performance are drawn from The Academy of Great St. Mary’s, one of the premiere orchestras in Cambridge.