A heart-warming Christmas Matinee featuring Tchaikovsky's Christmas fairy tale The Nutcracker. For many, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's Christmas Matinee is a fun introduction to classical music - for others, it's a familiar, festive experience to look forward to each year.
The combination of the captivating conductor Semyon Bychkov and Tchaikovsky's legendary music for the Christmas ballet The Nutcracker makes this programme truly irresistible.
People of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy Tchaikovsky's infectious music and the atmospheric fairy tale about dolls that come to life. A sugarplum fairy, a Mouse King and a return to the Land of Sweets - it's exactly what we need in the dark, wintry days before Christmas.
Semyon Bychkov is a welcome guest conductor with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. And Tchaikovsky is one of his most cherished composers. 'I've loved music for as long as I can remember,' he says, 'and like any first love, it's always stayed with me.'