Musical Magic with Orchestra

Conductor Darrell Davison has created a brand new family/children’s programme for The Classic Buskers and magician Neil Henry with orchestra.  The Buskers’ wit and musical virtuosity on over forty instruments is combined with the often unbelievable tricks and illusions of one of Britain’s best-known magicians, accompanied by orchestra.

Darrell Davison, conductor

The Classic Buskers have performed in over twenty-five countries and seventeen languages, from the Royal Albert Hall in London to Seoul’s National Concert Hall and the Grieg Hall in Bergen. They have toured Japan over twenty times, performed at many of Europe’s most prestigious festivals and appeared with major international orchestras.

The Classic Buskers

Neil Henry, a member of the Magic Circle, has performed in an enormous number of venues including the Cambridge theatre in London’s West End, the Henley Festival, Epsom and Sandown Racecourses and for the Olympic Committee, Harrods, Reuters and for HM the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance. He has frequently appeared on television and has had residencies at all the major London magic venues.

Neil Henry, magician

In this new show, flutes may disappear and appear as something else, accordions (and players!) levitate, musical scores torn to shreds may be miraculously reconstituted. A sample programme is given below and can be tailored to individual requirements.

Musical Magic with Orchestra – 1 hour in length   (O = Orchestra C = Classic Buskers M = Magician)

March of the Three Oranges – Prokofiev (magician juggling with oranges etc.) (OCM)

Drawing of Accordion and Recorder flash (the instruments appear from nowhere!) (M)

Tritsch-Tratsch – Strauss (general tricks in this brand new arrangement) (OCM)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Dukas (shortened version) (O)

Magic Garden – Ravel (tricks with Flowers) (OM)

Scherzo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mendelssohn (new arrangement) (OC)

Serenade – Haydn (music is shredded and magically reappears in another format!) (OCM)

The Lark – Traditional Romanian (uses bird sounds – and a bird!) (OCM)

Harry Potter – John Williams (featuring levitating flute) (OM)

Funeral March of a Marionette – Gounod (trick with puppets) (OCM)

Aquarium – Saint-Saëns (fish and magic bubbles) (OC)

Hall of the Mountain King – Grieg (endless bottles turning into champagne) (OCM)

Baba Yaga – Mussorgsky (O)

Bacchanale – Saint Saëns (handkerchief tricks) (OM)

Dance of the Blessed Spirits – Gluck (disappearance tricks, lights in the sky) (OCM)

Sabre Dance – Khachaturian (live sword-swallowing) (OCM)

Thunder and Lightning – Strauss (flash, bang and snow) (OCM)

Encore – Ritual Fire Dance – (actual fire) (OCM)

Encore 2 – Magic Toy Shop – Petit Caprice (general tricks) (OCM)

See preview videos of The Classic Buskers and Neil Henry in rehearsal here and here. Visit Neil Henry‘s website.