Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

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 Scheherazade 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.

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

City of London Sinfonia
Ben Gernon Conductor
Ruth Padel Author/Narrator
DBC Pierre Author/Narrator
Daljit Nagra
Author/Narrator
Hanan al-Shaykh Author/Narrator



Ticket information

Front Stalls: £30, £20
Rear Stalls: £30, £20, £10

Wheelchair user: £20 Rear Stalls, £10 Front Stalls; Carer/companion: free
Child (under 16): 25% off
CLS 5IVER (16-25yrs/students): £5 (£20 and £10 seats only)
Concessions (jobseekers or disability allowance): 25% off (£20 and £10 seats only)
Groups (4+): 20% off (£20 and £10 seats only)

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'Scheherazade: A retelling for our times' is supported by the Cockayne Foundation and John Ellerman Foundation.

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