- Walton / Sitwell - Façade [50"]
Conductor: David Corkhill
Narrator: Johnny Herford
Brimming with jazz-soaked charm and colour, William Walton’s Façade gained immediate notoriety for its unconventionality; at its public premiere in 1922, poet Edith Sitwell recited her delightfully quirky verse with a megaphone protruding through an ornate screen, with Walton conducting the work’s six-piece ensemble hidden from view. In the audience that night sat Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward.
This "entertainment" comprises twenty-one miniatures in a multitude of musical styles and forms, its deft and playful pastiche leading one reviewer to say of Walton "As a musical joker, he is a jewel of the first water".
4.00pm (BST), Sun 27th September 2020
With tiers of tenderness and mischief, playfulness and poignancy, Mendelssohn’s elegant Octet for 8 string players is preluded by Borodin’s charming Sextet in a programme that showcases the brilliance of the English Chamber Orchestra's principal string players.
The Soldier’s Tale
4.00pm (BST), Sun 4th October 2020
Our Teatime Music series closes with a diabolical slice of devilish dealing, The Soldier’s Tale, with a wickedly brilliant score by Stravinsky depicting the story of a Russian soldier and the fiddle so coveted by the devil, brought to life by The English Chamber Orchestra, and its leader Stephanie Gonley.