From the plaintive cries of a people in exile, to the lavish, decadent splendour of the Babylonian court and the slaves’ eventual triumph, Belshazzar’s Feast is a vivid evocation of a biblical tale.
Walton’s music, with its jazzy cross-rhythms and complex harmonies, is set for a large chorus, baritone solo and orchestra. Many singers say that once sung, this work is never forgotten and we are sure the evening will be equally memorable for our audience.
Elgar’s lyrical Enigma Variations needs no introduction. The melodic and often playful movements, including the beautiful Nimrod, are affectionate portraits of Elgar’s family and friends – and even a dog!
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Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, Give unto the Lord
William Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast
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If you’re a Spotify user and unfamiliar with any of the pieces we are performing, here is a playlist of a professional recordings to listen to: