CLASSICAL music fans are invited to relive the stormy end to one of the great romantic relationships in a new play.

The relationship between Frederic Chopin and George Sand will be explored in The Last Ballade to be performed at Cossham Hall on Saturday, September 22.

Chopin's music provides the background to a drama about the composer's tempestuous affair with novelist and 'femme fatale' George Sand.

The Last Ballade, written and perfromed by Michael Lunts, follows on from his previous depiction of Chopin in Winter in Majorca' which he performed in the Cossham Hall in 2017.

It offers audiences an insight, through the eyes of Chopin himself, into a woman who has been variously described as both his muse and his 'vampire'.

Many of the pieces that Sand inspired, including the beautiful Berceuse, the famous 'Minute' Waltz and the F minor Ballade, are played live as part of the action as Michael Lunts portrays both Chopin the man and Chopin the musician.

The play will begin at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £14 and include interval nibbles. They can be obtained from Thornbury Town Hall or by phoning 01454 412272.

The play is the first in the Autumn series of concerts to raise funds for the Armstrong Hall Redevelopment Project.

In March The Armstrong Hall Trust unanimously voted for the venue to be rebuilt on its current site following months of public consultation.

Eighty per cent of participants in the public consultation said they were in support of the rebuild option.