Best of British – Belshazzar’s Feast

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30th October 2016
Sun 3.00pm

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Best of British – Belshazzar’s Feast

Charles Villiers Stanford: Song to the Soul (London premiere)
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Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Benjamin Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

William Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast

Royal Festival Hall, London

Orchestra - Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor - David Hill

Baritone - Mark Stone

Choir - The Bach Choir

Concert Synopsis

In the first of two ‘Best of British’ programmes, Baritone Mark Stone joins The Bach Choir for a performance of Walton’s superbly crafted Belshazzar’s Feast. This oratorio depicts the story of Babylon’s excesses and subsequent downfall, and has been thrilling audiences ever since its first performance in 1931. One memorable Bach Choir performance at the Royal Festival Hall years ago, elicited this response from Ivan Hewitt writing in the Daily Telegraph:

“The choir spat out its lines with splendid venom, the orchestra made a sumptuous noise, and when things reached a frenzy of excitement at the end, conductor David Hill’s baton flew from his grasp and described a graceful parabola into the audience. It was wonderful.”

We can’t promise the same heights of entertainment this time round…but you never know!

The programme also features the London premiere of a work by Stanford and two masterpieces from Vaughan Williams and Britten.

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