April 2021


Welcome to The Arts Society Tarporley
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 13:30

This lecture will be via ZOOM,1.20 for 1.30 pm.Lecturer is  Nigel Bates. Zoom link will be sent out to members 5th April 2021


8th April: Nigel Bates

Tantrums and Tiaras.

This lecture is a look at backstage life at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the pressures faced by performers, be they singer, dancer, conductor or musician, including several performance video clips.  It explores how the building copes with the demands of modern productions and examines audience expectations both inside and outside of the theatre. It looks at some of the highs and tries to understand some of the lows that have been the fortune of this world-class performing venue over the years.


Mr Nigel Bates

Nigel Bates has been a performer for more than forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra and eight years as the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet.

 He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC's Maestro at the Opera and Pappano's Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the printed and online content of the ROH.

He has given lectures for over thirty years, including many arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.