Friday 5 July, 7.30pm
Zeb Soanes & Selina Cadell, narrators / Echo Ensemble, conductor: Noah Max. Thaxted Festival patron and Classic FM presenter Zeb Soanes introduces a rich programme of words and music, inspired by themes in Holst’s The Planets. Also featuring Selina Cadell (Victoria Wood, Doc Martin).
The music, performed by the Echo Ensemble, has been chosen by our Composer-in-Residence Noah Max, and is inspired by themes in Holst’s The Planets, from Mars: The Bringer of War to Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity. Works range from Stravinsky, Schubert, Ravel and Ives, to Noah’s own Phantasy Quintet. The readings, performed by Zeb Soanes and Selina Cadell are drawn from poets and great thinkers, along with an entertaining description of Charles Dickens’ surprisingly accomplished skills as a party conjurer.
Zeb Soane’s voice is known to millions from his work as an announcer with the BBC; not least through his regular delivery of the Shipping Forecast. Now a regular Classic FM presenter, he provides relaxing music at the end of every weekday in his Smooth Classics at 7 programme. As a writer and performer, he brings entertainment for all ages across a range of live venues, and we welcome him back in his role as our highly valued Festival patron.
With performances in venues ranging from the Albert Hall to the Naze Tower on the Essex coast, Echo Ensemble make music to bring people together, creating unique experiences for audiences and artists alike. They received widespread acclaim for their première production of Noah Max’s opera A Child in Striped Pyjamas at London’s Cockpit Theatre in 2023.
This concert is sponsored by friends of Thaxted Festival who wish to remain anonymous.
Venue: Thaxted Parish Church
Tickets: £38*, £34, £30, £22, £14. Age 30 and under: £10
*Premium seating in centre front rows.