13 Feb 2015 - 14 Feb 2015
40 schoolchildren team up with professional musicians for a brand new production of Brundibár. This melodic, poignant tale was written to entertain adults and children alike. A short opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása, it was famously performed by the children of World War II concentration camp Theresienstadt in 1943.
The work uses playful folk-inspired music to tell the affecting and uplifting story of two poor siblings' fight against adversity in the shape of evil organ-grinder Brundibár.
Brother and sister Pepícek and Aninku are too poor to buy milk for their sick mother. They sing for money in the street, but the evil organ grinder Brundibár chases them away. With the help of a fearless sparrow, a clever cat, a wise dog and the children of the town, Pepícek and Aninku are able to overcome Brundibár and sing in the market square.
The playful score, performed by members of the Southbank Sinfonia and local musicians, leaps between Czech folk tunes, lively marches, polkas and waltzes. Polish bass Piotr Lempa plays the title role and is joined by a cast of young performers from Pembroke Academy of Music.
Friday 13 February, 11am and 1.30pm
Saturday 14 February, 11am
For ages 7+
Tickets: Adult £8 Child £4
Booking fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
From: 13 Feb 2015
To: 14 Feb 2015