French Pastoral with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra


18 May 2023

18 May 2023
Sheldonian Theatre
Broad Street

18 May @ 7.30pm

Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ
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01865 277299
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French Pastoral with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
French Pastoral with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

About French Pastoral with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Fauré Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80
Britten Les Illuminations, Op. 18
Debussy Prélude à l’aprés-midi d’un faune 
Ravel Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose Suite) 

Ruby Hughes soprano
Nicolò Foron conductor

It was quite the gift: in 1910, Ravel wrote a set of five pieces for piano depicting classic fairytales for two children he babysat.

But these little stories, from Tom Thumb to Beauty and the Beast, proved far more significant when augmented and orchestrated. 

The result was a present to Ravel from himself: a musical magic garden that allowed the composer to escape into a world of childlike wonder.

Nicolò Foron conducts it here alongside more beauteous music from France and Britten’s sparkling setting of French poetry, Les Illuminations.


£15.00 – £48.00 (Student from £5.00)

Book tickets via the event website or call Oxford Philharmonic‘s Box Office on 01865 980980 (Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm).

Please see important ticketing information below.

Ticketing information

Full price – £15.00, £28.00, £38.00, £48.00
Student price – from £5.00

120 minutes, including an interval of 20 minutes.

Doors open at 7.00pm in readiness for a 7.30pm concert start.

Age guidance:
Suitable for ages 6+


01865 980980

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