Newbury Spring Festival
Sponsored by: The Sheepdrove Trust

Corn Exchange


Sound Beginnings

Babar the Elephant

Sunday 12th May

Corn Exchange, Newbury RG14 5BD
11.00am (ends approx 12.15pm)
£7.50 adults
£5.00 children 5 years and over
Under 5s free
Buffet Lunch £5 per person (limited availability)


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Mikhail Kazakevich piano
Elena Zozina piano
Richard Morris narrator


The whole family is welcome to this all-inclusive performance of Babar the Elephant at the Corn Exchange. Everybody’s favourite little elephant comes to life when pianists Mikhail Kazakevich and Elena Zozina perform the story with narration from Richard Morris.


In Francis Poulenc’s playful music, Babar and the other characters in the story are brought to life, much like Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Francis Poulenc composed The Story of Babar the Little Elephant after his three-year-old cousin showed him the children’s book Histoire de Babar and said, “Play this!” Poulenc then improvised a piano accompaniment to each scene in the book.


There’s the option to stay on after the performance and enjoy a buffet lunch in the Balcony Bar, tickets for which are available separately.




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