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Thursday 15 September 2022

Shaken by an Earthquake

By Sandy Burnett

 In analyzing the build up to the Rite of Spring’s premiere in Paris in 1913, Sandy examines one of the greatest collaborations of all between Igor Stravinsky and Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The dancers, choreographers, costume and set designers transformed what a night in the theatre could be. Sandy studies the build up to the Rites of Spring premiere, plays excerpts from the inventive score and explores reasons for divided opinions which led to a riot at the Rite.

About the Speaker

After studying music at St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge Sandy worked as musical director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End. He spent 10 years as part of the team of musical presenters on BBC Radio 3. He still broadcasts but also conducts, plays the double bass and leads cultural lecture holidays. He is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music Hogwood Fellow for 2018-19.