• 4 July 2019
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Public Study Room, Paul Mellon Centre

Debussy in Bloomsbury, concert and talk
Performers: Charlotte de Mille (speaker) Lana Bode (piano) and Jennifer Witton (narrator)
Paul Mellon Centre

Debussy in Bloomsbury explores one of the Friday concerts at the Omega Workshop at 33 Fitzroy Square, encouraged by Roger Fry to raise funds for Belgian refugees following the outbreak of war in 1914. Although the details of these concerts are largely undocumented, these events nonetheless included some remarkable achievements including the premiere of Debussy’s children’s ballet La boîte à joujoux (‘The Toy Box’), written to a scenario by André Hellé. The concert features the solo piano version of La boîte à joujoux, narrated and accompanied by Hellé's original scenography. The performance is set in the context of Bloomsbury's long-standing interest in Debussy, music and theatre by a pre-concert talk looking at the Omega Workshop’s original set designs and designs for children's toys.


 

This event is part of Bedford Square Festival. For the full list of events please visit www.bedfordsquarefestival.co.uk