Twitter Promo: Win a copy of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker recorded by Simon Rattle & the Berliner Philharmoniker

The Nutcracker Experience Edition. EMI Classics © and The Ballet Bag have teamed up with EMI Classics to offer you the chance to win a copy of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, recorded by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker. This release marks the conductor’s first Tchaikovsky recording and is one of several releases this season celebrating Rattle’s 30th anniversary on the EMI Classics label.

We are giving away three copies of the Experience Edition CD of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The Experience Edition contains the complete recording with a 64-page hardback book and exclusive access to a special area of Features include a free 24-hour pass to the BPO Digital Concert Hall, video interviews with various members of the orchestra, footage from The Nutcracker Silvestrekonzert, a video clip of Sir Simon Rattle talking about the recording, an animated musical score of five of the most popular excerpts from The Nutcracker and more.

Entering the competition

To enter followers have to tweet the answer to the following question under the tag #EMIClassics:

What’s your favorite part of The Nutcracker and why?

That means you have 128 characters for the answer + 12 chars for #EMIClassics = 140 maximum. Please don’t forget to use the hashtag, so we can locate all entries.

For example:

My fave part is when the Xmas tree grows as the stage effects are always amazing #EMIClassics

You can enter as many times as you like between now and the close of the competition at midnight (GMT) on 8 December 2010.

On the 9 December and The Ballet Bag will each choose and announce a winner plus one joint runner-up based on what we think are the best entries – the judges’ decision is, of course, final.

We look forward to your entries. Use your imagination, have fun & spread the word!

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We started The Ballet Bag in April 2009 with the mission to prove that ballet is not stuffy, old fashioned and inaccessible; that it is quite the opposite: relevant, fresh and topical. With the aim to Give Ballet a New Spin we try to show it under a different light. When writing our capsule biographies, ballet fact cards, review roundups and commentary on social media, we cross it over with other art forms and cultural references (pop culture, cinema, rock music – ie. other things we love!).