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11. Elizabeth Watts: Carnival of the Animals

09 October 2021, 20:15 - 21:30

All evening concerts this year are performed twice, at 5.30pm and 8.15pm. This 8.15pm performance is a repeat performance of Event 09. This performance will be in-person and livestreamed.

Saint-Saëns was mortified that Carnival of the Animals became his best-known work, but there is no denying its perennial appeal. In tonight’s performance of this uplifting work, we also hear the humorous accompanying poems written by Ogden Nash and songs chosen to reflect the affectionate satire of each of the Carnival’s movements, including music by Francis Poulenc and Hugo Wolf.

The renowned soprano Elizabeth Watts, recently described by The Times as 'outstanding... ravishing' and 'powerfully expressive', is joined by principal players of Echor, an exciting new chamber orchestra comprising some of the UK's finest instrumentalists and led tonight by violinist Jonathan Stone, and the outstanding young baritone Felix Kemp.


Elizabeth Watts performs with the Acadmey of Ancient Music

Watch a clip of their performance this year!


This event is an in-person and livestreamed event. Livestreamed performances will be available to watch live in our Digital Concert Hall at the advertised performance time and will be available to watch again and on demand until the end of November.

Want to watch this concert in-person and at home? ‘Hybrid’ tickets, valid both in person and for the Digital Concert Hall, are also available for an additional £3 to the in-person price.

All our seating is unreserved. This means you are guaranteed a seat in your chosen area, but not a specific seat. In order to allow for social distancing, you will be seated as an individual or as a group, based on the number of tickets you booked for this concert. For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The performance duration is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and there will be no interval.


(Online bookings only)

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For even further discounts click here for more information on our Festival Passes.

Tickets for both in-person and the Digital Concert Hall will be issued as eTickets by default. Printed tickets are available on request, for an additional fee.


Due to COVID-19 we have to do things a little differently this year. In order to keep everyone safe, our seating and concert conditions are subject to change in line with changing government guidance.

For more information about our COVID-19 safety measures, please click here.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the concert, please do not attend, but get in touch with our box office to arrange a refund.


Due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and to keep audiences safe, our venues this year will be socially distanced, and our main seating areas have a reduced capacity. We have added two additional seating areas with a limited view of the stage, to allow you to experience our live concerts at a reduced price.

Seating area A (£35): Centre aisle seats, with a clear view of the stage.

Seating area B (£22): Side aisle and back section seats. Some seats may have a reduced view of the stage.

Seating area C (£13): At the back of the church with a reduced view of the stage.

Seating area D (£5): Side chapel or back corner. Please note these seats have no view of the stage.


Artist Portrait

Elizabeth Watts

Elizabeth Watts


Elizabeth Watts won the 2007 Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and the Outstanding Young Artist Award at the Cannes MIDEM Classique Awards as well as the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Elizabeth was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in February 2011. Her critically acclaimed debut recording of Schubert Lieder (Sony) was followed by an equally acclaimed disc of Bach Cantatas (Har... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Felix Kemp

Felix Kemp


Praised by The Guardian for his “appealing baritone,” and awarded an Audition Oracle Singers’ Preparation Scholarship, Felix Kemp makes his debut with the Royal Opera, London, this season as a Flemish Deputy Don Carlo. At the Royal Opera House, he will also give a Crush Room Recital, and highlights of his current season further include Don Fernando Fidelio for Lyric Opera, Dublin, J. S. Bach Lutheran Massand Mozart Requiem on tour with the Israel Camerata, the St John Passionin Sunderland Minster, Richard Blackford&rsquo... Read Full Biography
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Chamber Orchestra

Echor Music is a brand new chamber orchestra that brings together exceptional professional musicians residing in the Chilterns. Conceived as an ensemble which puts the issues affecting the arts and today’s society at the forefront of its mission, Echor aims to forge close links with the community, providing access to phenomenal music-making for all. Echor launches formally later this month, with this performance given by their principle players.
Artist Portrait

Jonathan Stone

Jonathan Stone


British violinist Jonathan Stone is an internationally acclaimed chamber musician, soloist, concertmaster and director. As soloist and chamber musician, highlights of this season include appearances at the Larzac, North Norfolk, Battle, Ironstone and Marryat Players chamber music festivals, as well as the Oxford Lieder Festival. In May 2019, he appears as a guest artist with the Nash Ensemble to record Fanny Mendelssohn’s string quartet, and in January 2020 he returns to Wigmore Hall as violinist of the Phoenix Piano Trio. Jonath... Read Full Biography
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Jâms Coleman

Jâms Coleman


From Anglesey, North Wales, Jâms Coleman is a pianist who enjoys a rich and varied musical life performing as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. As a vocal accompanist, he enjoys collaborating with many singers and his engagements include recitals with Ailish Tynan, James Gilchrist, Sir John Tomlinson, Robert Murray, Nicholas Mulroy, Nicky Spence, Robert Murray, Andrew Kennedy, James Newby, Lauren Fagan and Nicholas Mogg. He looks forward to recording a disc of Loewe songs with Nicholas Mogg for Champs Hill Record... Read Full Biography
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Martin Sturfält

Martin Sturfält


Swedish pianist Martin Sturfält enjoys an international career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. He performs a large repertoire ranging from the baroque through to the present day, but increasingly it is his passion for the music of his native country that is earning him recognition internationally as well as in Sweden. His CD of the Adolf Wiklund Piano Concertos for the Hyperion label was named the second best release of the year in Sweden and also won an Outstanding Award in International Record... Read Full Biography

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