xMEADOWLAND RECORDS
xNutcracker on Ice (CD)

Artist: MANCHESTER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Catalogue Number: GRASSCD381
Price £8

Early in 2011, meetings between Tony Mercer and Tim A. Duncan were finalising ideas for the most ambitious show yet – Nutcracker on Ice. A storyboard had been drafted between them that was now to be fine tuned by Tony together with his performance creative team. Tim, meanwhile, set about studying Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score in the most detailed manner.

Music for the production was to be recorded in Manchester during November 2011, ready for the premiere in December 2011 in Cape Town.

This time the now established Manchester Symphony Orchestra were to play the new score. Long and hard recording sessions were rewarded with superb results by the time the show was due to commence its world tour in South Africa.

Conducted and recorded wholly by Tim, to the carefully designed tempo maps of the music used during the shows early rehearsals, the results were spectacular and can heard in their full glory on this CD.