classical music
literature & poetry

Sheherazade: A Retelling for Our Times

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Four writers join City of London Sinfonia to retell stories from One Thousand and One Nights, the book that inspired Rimsky-Korsakov’s work.

DBC Pierre, one of the most distinctive novelists of our time, counts Sheherazade as one of his favourite pieces of music.

He is joined by poets Lavinia Greenlaw, Daljit Nagra and Ruth Padel to share a contemporary take on the timeless stories that captured Rimsky-Korsakov’s imagination.

This event is part of City of London Sinfonia’s spoken word series, in partnership with Faber and Faber.


City of London Sinfonia
Sian Edwards conductor
narrators to be announced


Programme includes: -
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

Dates & times

1 Dec 2019
Approximate run time: 150 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Queen Elizabeth Hall


£10 - £30
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
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