Pianist Judith Nockolds performs Francis Poulenc's L' Histoire de Babar (orch Françaix) (1940), narrated by opera singer Simon Thorpe.
During a visit to Brive-la-Gaillarde in 1940, Poulenc sketched a little piece for the children of his cousins: and their two friends. This took the form of a musical background to Jean de Brunhoff's popular illustrated children's story about Babar, a baby elephant whose mother is killed by a huntsman. Poulenc's score, to which he returned and completed in 1945, is for a narrator and a piano, so written that the individual sections offer the pianist a number of self-contained descriptive pieces, such as a LULLABY, a RÊVERIE, a GALOP, a NOCTURNE and so on.
This is a free event. There will be a retiring collection after the concert.