Wednesday 4 October 2023

Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub: Zeb Soanes & James Marangone's new work for narrator & orchestra from Thomas Carroll & Orpheus Sinfonia at Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival

Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub

Zeb Soanes, Classic FM Presenter and creator of Gaspard the Fox, has collaborated with composer James produce a new work for narrator and orchestra. The engagingly named Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub will be receiving its London premiere on 22 October 2023 at the Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival with Thomas Carroll conducting the Orpheus Sinfonia with Zeb Soanes narrating. Poulenc’s The Story of Babar is also in the programme. It will be an accessible performance, with Speech-to-Text transcription. Following the performance there will be opportunity to meet the performers & creators.

Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub tells the story of Fred and her green-fingered grandfather, who leads her and their cat on a summer holiday adventure that just might save the planet. The story was developed from a desire to produce a piece that is connected to the world children grow up in today; its themes include those of reuse, resilience and acceptance, and the cinematic score features a wide variety of organic sound effects.

James Marangone is a composer who works mainly in TV and film, including work on soundtracks including The Hobbit, Skyfall, The Flash, Bad Guys and Enola HolmesFred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub is his first full length orchestral concert piece.

An accompanying storybook is published by Welsh publisher Graffeg with illustrations by Anja Uhren, and an extensive cross-curricular Key Stage 2 educational resource written by Kim Waldock is available from Orpheus Sinfonia.

Full details from the Southbank Centre's website.

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