The Family Concert: The story of Babar the little elephant

After last year’s highly successful inaugural event, the Family Concert is already a Festival tradition. This very informal concert for families with children up to and including junior school age presents Poulenc’s musical setting of The story of Babar the little elephant.

In Jean de Brunhoff’s charming and timeless story the baby Babar loses his mother to a hunter in the jungle. Terribly upset, he runs away to Paris where he meets a rich old lady who loves looking after elephants. She gives Babar everything he needs to become an elegant gentleman but not to find happiness: this is only found when he is reunited with his cousins Artur and Celeste. He returns with them to the jungle, becomes King of the Elephants, and discovers true happiness with Celeste as his Queen.

Become part of the action by making your own animal mask. Expect audience participation. Bring cushions.

Francis Poulenc L’histoire de Babar le petit éléphant, FP 129
(arranged for chamber ensemble by David Matthews)
Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists
Victoria Newlyn narrator

Tickets Free for people aged 12 and under. Everyone else £8
A £1 donation on the day is suggested towards the cost of craft materials.
All tickets may be booked in advance.

Unaccompanied grown-up children (ie adults) are
welcome but may be asked to sit at the back.

Sponsored by Hockerwood Park