Friday 2 July, 7.30pm
Zeb Soanes & Selina Cadell – reciters
Timothy Redmond – conductor (please note change of conductor)
Walton Façade; Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals; plus a newly-commissioned work
Broadcaster and Thaxted Festival Patron Zeb Soanes makes a welcome return to Thaxted, joined by well-known actress Selina Cadell, to recite Sitwell's poems in Walton's Façade, an ‘entertainment’ concocted in 1921 by 19-year-old composer William Walton and 34-year-old avant-garde poet Edith Sitwell. Some of the lines of poetry make sense, sometimes an entire poem makes sense, but most of the time it’s just engaging nonsense rhymes!
The ensemble accompaniment is provided this evening by Covent Garden Sinfonia, one of London’s most dynamic and versatile chamber orchestras. Based on then-current jazz bands, and employing rhythms borrowed from early jazz, the attractive and colourful score of Façade has made this an enduring favourite. Saint-Saëns’ well-known 14-movement Carnival of the Animals suite, with text by Roger McGough narrated by Zeb Soanes, provides fun for young and old. The programme opens with the whole ensemble playing the world premiere of the short piece Ganymede, composed by Ben Palmer, comprising orbiting fragments of Holst’s Jupiter.
This concert is sponsored in memory of Denys and Marie Stott, with support from Thaxted Music Lovers.
(£10 age 30 and under offer)
Carnival of the Animals will form the centre of an education project involving year 6 of Thaxted Primary School. After familiarisation with the work in school, pupils will join the artists for an open rehearsal in Thaxted Church on the afternoon of the concert. We are very grateful for support from Yardley’s Charity and Thaxted Fayre Trust for their support of this involvement with our community.