classical music
literature & poetry

Sheherazade: A Retelling for Our Times

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

See a retelling of the story that inspired one of the most popular pieces in classical music.

One Thousand and One Nights is likely one of the best-known collections of stories in the world and one that has captivated authors, artists and musicians for centuries. While rooted in Arabic culture, the stories have a universality that captivates us all.

This concert presents a retelling by authors and writers from a range of backgrounds from diverse UK voices to the Arabic world, alongside Rimsky-Korsakov’s well-loved music.

Rimsky-Korsakov wrote his own retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, taking the name of the heroine Sheherazade as his title and inspiration.

The music, while not attempting a direct telling of the stories the movements are named after, is full of the colours and sounds that Rimsky-Korsakov imagined from the stories in One Thousand and One Nights.


City of London Sinfonia
Geoffrey Paterson conductor *
Daljit Nagra narrator
Ruth Padel narrator
DBC Pierre narrator
Hanan al-Shaykh narrator


Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade
: interspersed with readings

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£10 - £30
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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* Please note change of artist from originally advertised.