Samuel West at The Hexagon

PUBLISHED: 11:09 14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:09 14 February 2014

Samuel West

Samuel West


Mr Selfridge actor, Samuel West, will join Katia & Marielle Labèque & Principals of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at The Hexagon on Wednesday 19 February, to narrate Carnival of the Animals.

Best known for his TV roles in Howards End, Eternal Law, The Chronicles of Narnia and of course, Mr Selfridge, Samuel also enjoys working with musicians. As a reciter he has appeared with all the major British Orchestras. In 2002 he performed Walton’s Henry V at The last Night of the Proms. For this concert, he will recite verse by Ogden Nash.

Katia and Marielle Labèque’s performance at The Concert Hall last season earned a standing ovation, so we are delighted to welcome them back to The Hexagon. They will be joined by principal players of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, for a delightful French programme. The concert features Ibert’s charming, even frivolous Divertissement and concludes with a piece Saint-Saëns banned during his lifetime for fear it would undermine his reputation as a ‘serious’ composer – The Carnival of the Animals. It has, of course, since become one of his most popular and famous pieces, a wonderful musical menagerie of a lion, hens, tortoises and even a whole aquarium…

Tickets are just £18, with oncessions, U18s rate of only £5.25 a ticket, Classical Membership Scheme & Groups rate, only £11.20 and Family Tickets are all available. Or if you’ve never been to a Classical Music Alive concert, you can book a £10 Test Drive ticket. Contact 0118 960 6060 to book, or for more details.

Full details of Classical Music Alive in Reading 2013-2014 are available at or call 0118 960 6060 for a free brochure.

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