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Orchestra of the Swan – Henry V / Facade

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Duration: 90 minutes


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                                     Façade

Walton arr. Ted Watson       Henry V


Conductor Bruce O’Neil

Soprano Jennifer Witton

Narrator David Troughton

Reciter Tamsin Dalley

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