Ahead of their family-friendly show Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music in the Great Hall on Sunday 15 October, we caught up with the Magnard Ensemble. The professional wind quartet and narrator Rebecca Kenny have been touring schools and festivals across the UK with past performance highlights at the Hay Festival and the Royal Opera House. Their show puts Dahl’s words to music, bringing his most famous characters to life. Read on to find out more…

What do you like best about touring with Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous music?

We love Roald Dahl’s versions of the stories, which are made even more gloriumptious by the composers Paul Patterson and Martin Butler. We have been performing these works for 2 years now but we never tire of them because no two performances are the same thanks to our narrator, Rebecca Kenny! It has been a joy to share them with lots of people and we have visited some wonderful places.

What is your favourite Roald Dahl rhyme?

Ooh such a hard question! If we were to choose from the ones we perform in the concert, it has to be the Little Red Riding Hood. We love Roald Dahl’s Grandma!

Which fairy-tale would you like to be given the Roald Dahl treatment?

We wonder what sort of a charmer the Frog Prince would have ended up in Roald Dahl’s imagination… Or not!

Why do you think Roald Dahl’s work is still so popular with children today?

We’ve found that every human bean all over the world has a personal connection with Roald Dahl, and their love of his books has always been, and continues to be passed down the generations. Our oboist Mana even read them in Japanese as a kiddle!

In true Roald Dahl fashion could you make up a word that you think best describes your show?

MUSICALICIOUSLY TUMMYSTITCHOUS (Sorry that’s two!)

Join them as they explore the wonderful and whimsical world of Roald Dahl through music and words, and meet Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and some Dirty Beasts! The Magnard Ensemble will be performing in the Great Hall on Sunday 15 October. To book tickets, please visit the webpage

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