Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (arr. M. Knight and S. Cox for brass septet and percussion) (version with narration) Brass instruments are a vital part of the festive fabric of Christmas, and Tchaikovsky's iconic ballet The Nutcracker is made even more joyful with the brassy brilliance of Septura. Narrated by preeminent actor Derek Jacobi, The Nutcracker is set on Christmas Eve, with music both rapturous and fantastical. It tells the story of how young Clara's favorite present, a nutcracker shaped like a little man, turns into a handsome prince at midnight. Septura has been acclaimed by Brass Band World for it's 'stylistic perfection' and 'beautifully portrayed artistry.'