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11. Elizabeth Watts: Carnival of the Animals

09 October 2021, 8:15pm - 9:30pm

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.


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Elizabeth Watts performs with the Acadmey of Ancient Music

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Watch a clip of their performance this year!

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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)

Book five or more concerts at the same time: 5% discount

Book ten or more concerts at the same time: 10% discount

Book fifteen or more concerts at the same time: 15% discount

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.

  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
  • Tortoises (1922) from The Carnival of the Animals
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
  • The Elephant (1922) from The Carnival of the Animals
  • Kangaroos (1922) from The Carnival of the Animals
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
  • Aquarium (1922) from The Carnival of the Animals
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
  • Aviary (1922) from The Carnival of the Animals
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
  • Pianists (1922) from The Carnival of the Animals
  • Fossils (1922) from The Carnival of the Animals
  • The Swan (1922) from The Carnival of the Animals
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
  • Finale (1922) from The Carnival of the Animals
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08 October 2021 | 10:00am

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