Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Sunday 5 Nov 2017, 7:30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Edward Gardner conductor

Mark van de Wiel clarinet

Roland Wood baritone

Philharmonia Chorus choir

Elgar Overture, In the South (Alassio) (Op. 50)

Phibbs Clarinet Concerto


Walton Belshazzar's Feast

Three great British composers come together under the baton of Edward Gardner. Elgar found inspiration for his buoyant overture, In the South, in the scenic countryside and ancient Roman roads of Alassio in Northern Italy.

The epic forces of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, including parts for two separate brass bands, chart the rise and fall of another great ancient kingdom. The oratorio tells the story of Belshazzar, the great Babylonian king who is miraculously struck down at a lavish feast during which he offends the sacred rites of the Jewish people he holds captive. As Belshazzar falls, so does his kingdom, and from its ruins the Jews regain their freedom.

Alongside, the UK première of a joint commission by the Philharmonia and Principal Clarinet Mark van de Wiel, a Clarinet Concerto from Joseph Phibbs: “Phibbs' writing is brilliantly assured, and his orchestration is not only deft but scintillating”. (Sunday Times, May 2016).