You already know the story, and you definitely know the tunes! But there’s much more to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker than the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and tonight conductor Eva Ollikainen presents a whole musical selection box full of fantasy, wonder and mouth-watering sounds. It’s a wonderful way to launch your festive season, but the magic begins even before the interval, as Javier Perianes plays Ravel’s witty, jazz-inspired Concerto in G. Go on, treat yourself!

We are grateful to Eva Ollikainen who has stepped in in place of RSNO Principal Guest Conductor, Elim Chan, and Javier Perianes who replaces Bertrand Chamayou on piano.