Orchestra of the Swan – Henry V / Facade
Henry V is the heroic score Walton provided for Laurence Olivier’s ﬁlm of Shakespeare’s Henry V, stirring patriotic feelings during World War II. At this concert we get a rare chance to enjoy the chamber ensemble reduction by Ted Watson, a musician connected so strongly with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
William Walton was only 19 when he composed Façade, jazzy settings of surreal poetry by Edith Sitwell. Narrated through a megaphone from behind a painted curtain, its premiere 100 years ago caused a furore. Today it is appreciated as one of the most delicious works in the English music catalogue.
Walton arr. Ted Watson As You Like it
Walton arr. Ted Watson Henry V
Conductor Bruce O’Neil
Soprano Jennifer Witton
Narrator David Troughton
Reciter Tamsin Dalley